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Just for today, I will let you choose what you want to wear,
and smile and say how perfect it is.
Just for today, I am going to step over the laundry, and pick
you up and take you to the park to play.
Just for today, I will leave the dishes in the sink, and let you
teach me how to put that puzzle of yours together.
Just for today, I will unplug the telephone and keep the
computer off, and sit with you in the back yard and blow bubbles.
Just for today, I will not yell once, not even a tiny grumble
when you scream and whine for the ice cream truck, and I will buy
you one if he comes by.
Just for today, I won’t worry about what you are going to be
when you grow up, or second guess every decision I have made
where you are concerned.
Just for today, I will let you help me bake cookies, and I
won’t stand over you trying to fix them.
Just for today, I will take you to McDonald’s and buy us both
a Happy Meal so you can have both toys.
Just for today, I will hold you in my arms and tell you a story
about how you were born, and how much I love you.
Just for today, I will let you splash in the tub and not get angry.
Just for tonight, I will let you stay up late while we sit on the
porch and count all the stars.
I will think about the mothers who are searching for their
missing children, the mothers who are visiting their children’s graves
watching their children suffer senselessly, and screaming inside
that they can’t handle it anymore, and when I kiss you goodnight
I will hold you a little tighter, a little longer.
It is then that
I will thank God for you, and ask him for nothing, except
one more day.