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I Was There (The Very Moment You Were Born)

by Richard Lawrence Belford

posted in Home and Family

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I am a well published Inspirational writer and this is the story behind my parable entitled; "I Was There" that I wrote to and for my eldest daughter who recently got married on what turned out to be an absolutely perfect day, and one like no other.
I couldn't help but wonder where all the years had gone, as it was an occasion I had definitely pondered all her life and a very good part of my own. (pun intended)
I remember the moment she was born, watching her first steps and helplessly witnessing that heart-wrenching first fall, her very first words, the first day of school, all the graduations, learning how to drive and of course that stressful first date.
It was during these musings that I discovered the following quote by Elizabeth Stone.
"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."
It inspired me to write the following verse that I would now like to share with every father and mother about the passage of time, who not only have similar memories of their own sons or daughters, but have also experienced the very same thoughts and feelings throughout their parental journeys. I hope it makes them smile, laugh and perhaps, even cry.
I Was There
The very moment you were born.
And also when my heart was torn, not from my chest,
but by your unrest from the first fall you took for which,
I felt, I was to blame, and my life was never quite the same.
I was there when you were learning to walk.
And even, as you began to talk.
I was there when you started school.
And felt so cruel, on your first day.
when you tried to run away.
I was there on the nights you were afraid and remember,
when we both prayed, to the lord our souls to keep.
Just, until you fell asleep.
I was there when you rode your first bike.
And simply hoped you'd be all right.
It was when you began to drive, that
I prayed to God you'd arrive alive.
I was there as you left on your first date.
And lay awake, until you came home late.
But, still lived to see you graduate.
I was there when you first left home.
And even when you felt alone,
thanks to a little thing called the phone.
A time will come when I won't be there.
But, you will forever know, I still care,
when you're reminded, by the things we share.
It could be the way your hopes and dreams inspire you to compete.
Or when you catch yourself saying something, I use to repeat.
And perhaps when you realize, you're just as neat.
So, when your laughter reminds you of me.
Always remember, wherever you may be.
Just like a whisper in the wind that can't be seen,
I'll still be there, as I've always been.
©2014 RichardLawrenceBelford
About the Author: Richard Lawrence Belford is an Inspirational Writer who illustrates his writings with photography, a married father of two daughters and the eldest of three sons who grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
He has been on an eighteen year creative journey that has allowed him to become a well-published Inspirational Writer that's been fueled by his genuine desire to provide comfort, faith & hope to those in grief.
Richard invites you to follow him on Twitter @RichardLBelford, like his Facebook page at: or check out his website at: for further information.
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