IF ONLY I HAD KNOWN
"That truth could have set me free to change...
I would never hear your voice again, I would cherish your every word...every inflection of your voice with all my heart.
this was our last hug. I would hold you tight and hope to never let you go.
this was the last time, the very last time, I would see you, I would take the time to treasure everything about you.
I had the chance to pray with you one more time, I would take your hands and welcome God's presence to surround us.
that I was powerless to change other people, I would have stopped trying and been free to love them for who they were, flaws and all.
that momentary pleasures could ruin a reputation for a lifetime, I would have found the strength to say no to temptation.
tomorrow was not coming, I would ask you to please forgive me for any wrong I may have done to you.
I could never share another day with you, I would make the most of every second.
this was the last gift I could give you, I would surprise you with something that says nothing compares to you.
my choices...however small and seemingly insignificant...were taking me away from you, I would turn around and run to you.
your hand would never hold mine again, I would wish this moment would never end.
my voice was about to go silent, my words to you would be punctuated with "I love you's!"
that grief and heartache could be so deep and devastating, I would have been there more often for you.
that a child's days are sometimes cut short, I would wish for more long nights of rocking you to sleep.
that anyone can betray you, even when you least expect it, I would have chosen more carefully who I trusted.
I was about to lose your smile, I would thank you for all the joy you've brought to my life.
that love and strength and support you've always given me were about to end, I would run to your side and thank you for the million times you've made a difference in my life.
that when God closes a door, He opens another, I would have been less afraid of change and more welcoming of new opportunities and adventures.
that sticking with it is a way of life, I would have learned more from my failures and setbacks.
that something so stupid and wrong would hurt you so badly, I would take a stand and never let it happen.
that it isn't enough to empty my life of wrong, but to fill it with things that truly matter.
that everything depends upon what you believe, and that ignorance is no excuse, I would have been more vigilant to put truth into my heart.
the depths of wisdom and insight possessed by people around me, I would have spoken less and listened more.
I could never tuck you into bed again, I would cuddle you tight, refuse to rush, and enjoy the wonder of being with you.
my days were coming to an end, I would number them carefully...one by one...and ask God to help me make the best use of my time because the days are far too fleeting.
~~ Author Unknown ~~
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