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The last time that I held a bottle to your baby lips, The last time that I lifted you and held you on my hip.
The last night when you woke up crying, needing to be walked. When last you crawled up with your blanket, wanting to be rocked.
The last time when you ran to me, still small enough to hold. The last time that you said you'd marry me when you grew old. Precious, simple moments and bright flashes from your past- Would I have held on longer if I'd known they were your last?
One last adventure to the park, your final midday nap, The last time when you wore your favorite faded baseball cap.
I never said good-bye to all your yesterdays long passed. So what about tomorrow- will I recognize your lasts?
The last time that you talk to me about your hopes and dreams. The last time that you wear a jersey for your high school team.
I've watched you grow and barely noticed seasons as the pass. If I could freeze the hands of time, I'd hold on to your lasts.
For come some bright fall morning, you'll be going far away. College life will beckon in a brilliant sort of way. One last hug, one last good-bye, one quick and hurried kiss. One last time to understand just how much you'll be missed. I'll watch you leave and think how fast our time together passed.
Excerpted from Let Me Hold You Longer by Karen Kingsbury Copyright © 2004 by Karen Kingsbury . Excerpted by permission.
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