This song always makes me think of him.
So here it is…Our story.
You walked into the room.
I was there with my son. Your grandson.
I’ll never forget the look on your face
I remember the time, I remember the place.
And looked at me and said…
My heart was heavy, full of dread
You put your gentle loving hand
On my shoulder, so I would understand.
Your voice…I hear inside my head
And this is what you quietly said,
“The time I have is borrowed, dear,
And I’m not going to be right here
I’m so sorry, I’m going away
I want you to know I love you, okay?”
I brushed it off, I just couldn’t hear
Words so sad from one I loved so dear
Please I beg. Please don’t say
Those words I knew
were oh so true.
I said, “You’re silly. I love you so
You’ll be here forever. You can’t just go
I need you here. Don’t say that
I don’t want to hear it, take it back.”
When I left your house that day
I hugged you tight
My heart could burst with all it’s might
Cause I knew I would never feel you again
And that was a pain I could never mend
That hug said more in seconds past
Than a billion words, that couldn’t last.
My arms said “I love you more.”
And life won’t be right without you, sure
I will be strong just like you are
And I promise to look for you in the stars.
Thank you so much for loving me
The way you did, so perfectly
My greatest fear was met the day
I heard you left and went away
I already knew cause on that night
You came to me and said, “it’s alright”
My whole body burned with your hug goodbye
And I woke from my sleep and started to cry.
And now I know what sadness means
Cause I can’t tell you about the things
That happen to me here on earth
I miss you so and I still hurt
I wish I could feel you and hug you once more
I wish I could see you waving at the front door
I miss the comfort, the special things
That being your granddaughter used to bring
I cry when I miss you still this day
And so when I bow my head and pray
I say thanks for all you did for me
For being the one safe place to be
And showing me what true love is
For being the best in the biz
You make me want to be the best
And when life is put up to the test
I think about how strong you had to be
And my heart fills with the love you had for me
I’ll always miss you here on earth
But that gives heaven greater worth
I’m grateful for all the memories
For all the things that you taught me
For walks through your garden teaching me to sow
Watching the plants and vegetables grow
Showing me that creativity
Lives deep within my genealogy
You life was lived in endless curiosity
Always trying new things with such energy
The boats you built with fiberglass
Things of beauty, made to last
Creating your own mold and design
a mastercraftsmen, the best of all time
Your voice was strong when you talked about war
and the things you saw, the way it tore
apart the lives that you saw back then
but you would do it all over again
because serving with honor for your country
was protecting our freedom, for you and me!
The stories you told will always be
Your legacy and they live inside of me
I’ll tell you the very best memory
that I have of you and me
is the day we went to that special place
and you looked at me with a smile on your face
we were both baptized on the same day
we shared the same water, and both chose the way
that will lead us to our Heavenly state
I know you are waiting at those pearly gates
I’ll run and I’ll hug you, but this time will be
a hug that lasts for eternity.