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If I Knew Then, I Would Have Slowed Down A Bit More

“I would have hugged you more, even when you pushed me away. I would have kept you firmly planted on my hip, never knowing what day would be the last before you’d want to walk side by side. I would have snuggled a few more minutes before bedtime, because I know now those extra minutes only meant one thing… more time with you.”

‘The Amazon delivery man wiped away tears. ‘My two boys played football too… Well, I had two. I lost one in the military. He died.’: Mom gets touching reminder to cherish every moment

“‘You never know how much you’ll miss them until those cleats get hung up for the last time.’ Suddenly, the brand markings on his uniform and on the package of dog allergy meds he held in his hand slipped from my view. All I could see and hear was a parent who loved his children deeply. And it broke me.”

‘He stuttered, ‘I’m so sorry I didn’t call. I lost your number. You are so pretty.’ I had no idea this man would change my life, let alone have 7 years left on this earth.’: Woman shares emotional journey finding love after losing partner to brain aneurysm

“He left in May for his third deployment. We walked him onto the ship. It was odd, our son Matthew did not want to leave him, and I just felt like we needed to keep saying goodbye. Days later, he called me from his phone and we said I love you. That was the last time I ever heard his voice.”

‘Every year, every milestone, is wrapped up in this image of an almost-man, walking out my front door.’: Mom to all-grown-up son urges ‘don’t blink, take in every moment’

“It’s just a stepping stone. A step away from the past. The past when I held him in my arms. A step closer to the future. The future when I have to let go. I can still see my little boy with his Spiderman backpack on his first day of kindergarten. I still see my baby on the first day he was placed in my trembling arms.”

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