I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. ~ George Eliot
When I read these words, it brought to mind something my mother has often told me. To use her words, “If you have something nice to say to someone, don’t wait to say it at their graveside!” We’ve all heard wonderful eulogies and said many things about people after they’ve gone – if only we would say it to them while they’re alive.
I’m grateful to my mother for helping me to begin to say, ‘I love you’ to people I care about. I have still a long way to go in learning to truly appreciate and express this appreciation to the people I care about, but I’ve made a start.
This poem brings out the message in a lighthearted way. Let’s not wait till it’s too late to say our ‘I-love-yous’.
When I quit this mortal shore
And mosey ’round this earth no more,
Do not weep and do not sob;
I may have found a better job.
Don’t go and buy a large bouquet
For which you’ll find it hard to pay,
Don’t mope around and feel all blue;
I may be better off than you.
Don’t tell the folks I was a saint
Or any old thing that I ain’t.
If you have jam like that to spread,
Please hand it out before I’m dead.
If you have roses bless your soul,
Just pin one in my buttonhole
While I’m alive and well today;
Don’t wait until I’m gone away.
May you be inspired – every day!