“When did you fall in love with me?” she asked

He smiled then affectionately insisted

“It’s when I saw within your eyes 

so many colors

I never knew existed”.

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He didn’t have fame or fortune.

He wasn’t interested in the climb.

He was always going on and on about love

and he was happy...all the time.


When it came my turn to say goodbye

I was angry.

I was sad.

I rested my head upon his chest...

for love was all I had.


“I wish I had more to offer you,” I said,

“before you go away,

something more that I can give you

something more that I can say.”


With what little strength he had left

he took my hand in his.

“You’ve given me love and not only is that important,” he said,

“It’s the only thing that is.”


I used to wish for fame and fortune

but that was just a whim.

Now I wish for a life filled with love...

and to be happy...

just like him.

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They’ve been blessed with a wonderful life…with a love resilient and strong…

but all her life it has been her wish to write him a love song.


To let him know in her life he’s played a vital part…to be able to put into music and rhyme…what she’s felt within her heart.


She’s tried…oh how she’s tried….perhaps over a thousand times…

but the music never found its way out of her heart and she never found the rhymes.


She’s given him many a love note…cards with messages…short and long…

but secretly she had always dreamed of writhing that love song.


She never told him about her wish…how the music and the rhymes wouldn’t flow…

but in her last note…before he died…she finally let him know.


The card read simply:

I’ve always wanted to write you a love song…so you could hear and see…

in the music and the lyrics…all you’ve meant to me.


I’ve always wanted to write you a love song…with a melody as beautiful as the birds…I’ve always wanted to write you a love song…but I could never rhyme my words.


I’ve always wanted to write you a love song…every birthday…every anniversary…

but this is as close as I’ve ever come…and she signed the card…Love, me.


He smiled as he closed the card…and held it to his chest

realizing, as he always had…how in life he has been blessed.


Oh, but you have been writing me a love song, he said…

a tune more beautiful than the birds…

the whole time we’ve been together…with your actions and your words..


You have written me a love song…every minute of every day…

I see it in everything you do…I hear it in everything you say…


He held her hands…and when their eyes met…

when it came to that love song…no longer was she sad…

she went from wanting to write him a love song

to realizing…she already had.

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“Hold Momma’s hand.” She said as they entered the store. “Stay as close to me as you can.” Momma was carrying her by the time they left when she said, “Say bye-bye to the man.”


As I watched them leave…I paused a moment…my imagination stirred…

I wondered how many times we say I love you…but I love you in other words.


How many times a minute, a day, a week, a month a year…do we use other words to say I love you…out loud…or whispered in an ear?


So I decided to take an entire day and add up the I love you in other words amount…and I am happy to report…how quickly I lost count.


Left and right…everywhere I looked…it was like a scene out of The Birds…people saying I love you…but I love you in other words.


You can do it…welcome home…I’m glad you’re hear…sleep tight…

I know you’re hurting but I’m here now…everything will be all right.


On and on they kept coming…as if they were raining down from the clouds above…

Who knew there were so many other ways to say it…so many other words for love.


If my counting wasn’t difficult enough…I hit another snag…wouldn’t you know it!

For not only are there a million ways to say I love you…there are a million ways to show it.


A touch…a kiss…holding hands…candy…flowers…a gift as a surprise…and if you look closely…how often you will see love reflected in the eyes.


I realized trying to count all the different forms of love around me was too difficult a campaign…it’s like standing in a downpour trying to counts each drop of rain…


Needless to say I stopped counting…it was obvious…it was an immeasurable amount

besides…when it comes to all the different ways we say I love you…

it’s more fun to watch…than it is to count. 

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We walked along the beach today...together hand in hand

enjoying the sights and sounds of nature…while making footprints in the sand.


We watched the sandpipers scurry to and fro between the water and the land

searching for their morning meal…while making footprints in the sand.


We saw a young family playing together making castles with their hands

each moment filled with laughter…while making footprints in the sand.


As we walked what caught my attention was not so much the beauty of the land

It was the myriad of footprints left imprinted in the sand.


And the fact we will never know who made these footprints in the sand.

If they were old or young or black or white…if they were a woman…or a man?


We can’t tell their gender…their God…where politically they stand…

when all we have two go on are their footprints in the sand


We have no way of knowing if they were from Russia, Ukraine, Sweden or Finland…

when the only information before us are their footprints in the sand.


And for one idealistic moment I thought…wouldn’t it be grand…

If all we had to judge another person by…were their footprints in the sand.


No one need be ridiculed…no one need be banned…

we would only see how similar we are from our footprints in the sand.


And in that idealistic moment I wished we were more like sandpipers as we scurry across the land…with no reason to judge each other while making footprints in the sand.


Hoping we could live in harmony…like the footprints we saw today…

and that the rising tide of hate would never come ashore…and wash that harmony away.

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For nine months we live connected…sharing the same rhythm…so it should come as no surprise…how we share a similar message the first time we look into each other’s eyes.


It’s a message at first unspoken…something all mothers and babies do.

Love me, we say with our eyes to one another, that’s all I ask of you.


Through all life’s highs and lows…all our successes and our failures too…our message to one another remains the same…

Love me, that’s all I ask of you.


When we meet someone we hope to share our life with…

when we know our love is true.

we look into each other’s eyes and say, 

Love me, that’s all I ask of you.…


As we grow older we make a wish to our friends and family 

as each day starts anew…

Love me, we whisper with our eyes closed…that’s all I ask of you.


Love me, that’s all I ask of you…

a message so innocent and sweet…

I wonder what our world would be like 

if we shared that message with everyone we meet.


Would it be happier place…

where peace, 


and joy shine through…

if Love me…is all I you ask of me…and all I ask of you?


And wouldn’t it be wonderful when our time on Earth is coming to an end…

when our life is almost through…

If the message we share with all those gathered round us is…

Thank you…for doing all I asked of you.

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When it seems like hate and evil are raining down…hard from the sky above…it’s a good time to remind ourselves many of those raindrops are also filled with love.


So when I’m caught in a shower…when from the heavens raindrops pour…

the raindrops filled with love are the ones I’m looking for


I look for love between any people…any color, shape, gender or size…

It can usually be found in the smiles they share…or the joy in each other’s eyes 


I look at how people treat one another with kindness…I look for how love expands

the moment two people become one by the mere act of holding hands.


I look for people laughing…dancing…

I look for a…a whisper…a stolen kiss…

I look for old friends coming together and see the love as they reminisce.


I look for strangers helping strangers…

I look at how a box of candy, a card, or a bouquet of flowers can impress…

I look for silent exchanges of tenderness…a gentle touch…a sweet caress.


I look for a man putting his head on his wife’s tummy and suddenly becoming aware…

he’s about to become a father…there’s a life growing in there.


I look at one mother listening to another woman’s chest and crying tears of joy once she becomes aware…she listening to the sound of her sons’t heart…her son’s heart…transplanted there.


I look for couples enjoying a sunset…eating a romantic dinner for two…

I listen for all the times in a day I hear the words…I Love You.


Each raindrop of love…no matter how big or small…has its own wonder…its own reason to  celebrate…because each raindrop filled with love has the power to silence each raindrop filled with hate. 


And how do we know how much hate or how much love each raindrop might contain?

I imagine that all depends…

on how we view the rain.

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She said to her husband one evening…”Here’s something I don’t understand…

how in the world have I acquired so many lines upon my hands


So many tiny creases…so many wrinkles…so many veins and spots and folds.

When…oh when…I wonder…did my hands become so old.


Her husband took her hands in his saying, “In all the years we’ve been married…all the years together we have grown…I think I probably know your hands even better than my own..


When I look at your two hands…the two hands of my best friend…my wife

I see all the balance and the beauty they have added to my life.


When you look at your hands  ”I think you, too, should be thrilled….

at all the hopes and dreams and wishes your two hands have fulfilled.


Your hands have helped to guide our family…that’s been no easy feat…

Look at all the times we’ve fallen and your hands have helped us back upon our feet.


Think of all the the ways your hands have nursed us night and day…think of all the faces they’ve cleaned…all the tears they’ve wiped away. 


Think of all the love your two hands have joyously revealed…

all the scrapes and scratches and bruises your two hands have helped to heal. 


Think of all the cookies your two hands have baked for our children and grandchildren too…Think of where we’d all be…without your two hands…and you.


Your hands have kept us safe and warm…happy and well-fed…think of all the pages they’ve turned…all those bedtime stories read.


Think of all the letters your hands have written…all the good things they have done…

Think of all the lives they’ve touched…all those flowers they’ve planted in the sun.


Think of how your hands…though silent…have the ability to say so much…

with a soft caress…a warm embrace…a kind and gentle touch


When I look at your two hands all these years of holding us…helping to guide us through…I have often wondered to myself…is there anything they cannot do?


So I can say with true conviction…as I hold your hands in mine….

each wrinkle has formed with elegance and richness and beauty….

two hands aged to perfection…just…like a fine wine.



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Together…it’s one of my favorite words…I believe it deserves some recognition

sometimes it’s the simplest words that give life its definition.


If you’re lucky enough to find someone to share your world with, 

your cares are few…you know there’s nothing you can’t weather

you hope for happiness, perhaps a home…a family…

and you have this shared dream of growing old together.


Then life comes at you with its responsibilities…its burdens…its restraints…

you secretly wonder how you’ll ever muddle through…

but together you do…

then one morning you wake up and realize your dreams have all come true.


You know life hasn’t always been easy…sometimes you’ve been at the mercy of the wind…like a feather…but you’re healthy, you’re happy…you’ve made it…you have grown old together.


Life has moved so quickly , however, you’re not sure when it happened…how…or even where…but with your children grown…your grandchildren growing…there is happiness in the air.


It’s a wonderful feeling knowing you were right…

when you said there is nothing you can’t weather…

and now you’re ready for the next phase of your life…

growing even older together.


There’s a funny thing about time…

as we’re building a life…a family…how often we admit…

no matter how much we try to budget our time…

there’s never enough of it.


Often time is our enemy…and we wonder if that feeling will ever end

then one day…as if my magic…time becomes our friend.


And when we have the time to look back…

we realize what has been the glue in our life…the bond…the tether…

What made our life worthwhile…was simply living it…together.

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