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By Bob Perks

I don't understand why you have to go. 
Was it something I said?  Was it something I did?
I know we've been through this before.  But it's different now.
Back then I was young and foolish.  I'll admit I took you for granted.  You came into my life and I never really appreciated you.  When you left each time, I hardly noticed you were gone.  Maybe because I knew you'd be back.  You always came back.
But now, more than ever before in my life, I need you.  The last time you left me, I thought you'd be gone for good.  I longed for the warmth of your touch.  My world seemed dark and dreary.
These past few months together have been glorious.  I awakened each day eager to see you again.  Never once did you let me down. 
Our time together along the shore was absolutely perfect.  Our days together basking in the sunlight will serve me well as precious memories in the cold empty days ahead.
The flowers you gave me were beautiful, matched only by colors of the blue skies, rainbows and sunsets.
I would follow you if I could.  But you know I must stay behind once more. 
Please promise you'll come back.  But before you go, give me one last, magnificent day, then lay upon my lips a final kiss, so warm and tender.  I will remember you, my friend, as I close my eyes and face the cold winter days ahead. 
You will be tucked away in a safe place in my soul, with the memories of the red rose, the sunflower, lilies of the valley, peonies, and yes even the dandelion.
I will remember the sounds of laughter in the park, the fireworks after dark and the sweet smells of church picnics, ethnic festivals and fresh mowed lawns.
I am getting too old to face the cold. 
But if God should grant me more time with you, you'll find me here waiting with open arms for your return, once more.
"I believe in you!"
Bob Perks

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Robert C. Perks is president of Creative Motivation and author of the book "The Flight of a Lifetime." He is a motivational speaker, Member of the National Writer's Association, and a training consultant with the state of Pennsylvania. He is a contributing author to many inspirational books including a number in the Chicken Soup series. Sign up for Bob's FREE weekly messages, "I Believe in YOU!" by visiting: or send an email to: All stories remain the property of Bob Perks Copyright 2003.


Thought For The Day:

"To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have."--Ken Keyes

Verse for the Day:

"Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need." --Psalm 23:1

Kid's Thought For The Day:

"Don't blow out somebody else's birthday candles."

Parent's Thought For The Day

"To keep a fire burning brightly, there's one easy rule: Keep the logs together, near enough to keep warm and far enough apart for breathing room. Good fire, good marriage, same rule." -- Marnie Reed Crowel

Coach's Thought For The Day

Does the will to win always have to mean, "See I'm better than you?" --Timothy Gallwey

Writer's Thought For The Day:

"I would say that one of the easiest ways to write fiction is to imagine a character you are interested in and care about, and then put him or her in a situation you are interested in, and describe what happens. Try to see it in your head, then, as you write it down, leave out the bits that aren't important and write down all the things that are." --Neil Gaiman

Deep Thought For The Day:

"I always keep a coathanger in the glove box -- just in case I lock my keys in the car."



"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20

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