Amy Rees Anderson

If I Knew It Was The Last Time

I came across a story today that really touched me.  This story is an amazing reminder for all of us to express our love to our families and friends.  Life is full of uncertainty and we should never let a day pass without having those in our lives know how much we love them.

The story goes that In July of 2007 there was an airplane accident in Brazil in which 199 people were killed.  A note was said to have been posted on a communications board afterward by the husband of a flight attendant who died in the accident. The posting was titled “Tomorrow Never Comes” and it was based on a poem written by Norma Cornett Marek.

 If I knew this would be the last time I would watch you sleep,

I would hug you tighter. I would plead with the Lord to protect you.

If I knew this would be the last time I saw you walk out the door,

I would hug and kiss you and call you back to hug and kiss you one more time.

If I knew this would be the last time I would hear your voice in prayer,

I would record every gesture, every look, every smile, every one of your words,

So that I could listen to it later, day after day.

If I knew this would be the last time,

I would spend an extra minute or two to tell you, “I love you,” instead of assuming you already knew it.

If I knew this would be our last time, our last moment,

I would be by your side, spending the day with you instead of thinking,

“Well, I’m sure other opportunities will come, so I can let this day go by.”

Of course there will be a day to revise things,

And we would have a second chance to do things right.

Oh, of course there will be another day for us to say, “I love you.”

And certainly there will be another chance to tell each other, “Can I help with anything?”

But in my case, there isn’t one!

I don’t have you here with me, and today is the last day we have—our farewell.

Therefore I would like to say how much I love you,

And I hope you never forget it.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old.

Today might be your last chance to hold tight to the hand of the one you love and show all you feel.

If you are waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today?

Because if tomorrow never comes, you certainly will regret for the rest of your life

Not having spent some extra time for a smile, a conversation, a hug, a kiss,

Because you were too busy to give that person what ended up being their last wish.

Then hug tight today the one you love, your friends, your family, and whisper in their ears how much you love them and want them close to you.

Use your time to say,

“I’m sorry,”

“Please,”

“Forgive me,”

“Thank you,”

Or even,

“That was nothing,”

“It’s all right,”

Because if tomorrow never comes, you will not have to regret today.

The past doesn’t come back, and the future might not come!

I want all of those in my life to know how much I love and appreciate them.  Even many of you who I have never met before have found ways to touch my life through your kind comments, emails, and letters.  Thank you to all of you for being a part of my life.

Love,

Amy

3 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    Amy thanks for this , we usually take each other for granted .

  • Dawn Marie Huddlesto says:

    I’m sorry to inform you that the information you have on this website is incorrect. I am the author of the poem ‘If I Knew” and it under US copyright. I don’t mind if you share it on your webpage, because I do want it to bless people. But please add the following: Author: Dawn Marie Huddleston http://www.DawnMarieHuddleston.
    “If I Knew” Poem COPYRIGHT INFORMATION

    Library of Congress Registration Numbers: TXu001346836
    Date: 2/22/2000
    Title: If I Knew
    Copyright Claimant: Dawn Marie Huddleston

    • Amy says:

      Dawn, The poem was shared with me by a friend and it shoes the poem being written by Norma Cornett Marek who apparently wrote and copyrighted the poem in 1989 and published it in her book “Whispers of the Heart”.According to her bio she wrote the poem after losing her child to cancer. Here is the link to her bio and poetry. Here is the link to her info: http://www.judysrealm.com/poets/n_m/index.html

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