This month my son Leo would have turned 22

Thursday, July 03, 2008

This Child of Mine

"I'll lend you for a little while
A child of mine," God said,
"For you to have the while he lives,
And mourn for when he's dead.

It may be six or seven years
Or twenty-two or three;
But will you 'till I call him back
Take care of him for me?

He'll bring his charms to gladden you
And, should his stay be brief,
You'll have his lovely memories
As a solace for your grief.

I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return;
But there are lessons taught below
I want this child to learn.

I've looked the whole world over
In search for teachers true;
And from the throngs that crowd life's land,
I have chosen you.

Now, will you give him all your love
Nor think the labor vain?
Nor hate me when I come to take
This lent child back again?"

I fancied that I heard them say:
"Dear Lord, Thy will be done.
For all the joys Thy child will bring
The risk of grief we'll run.

We'll shower him with tenderness,
We'll love him while we may.
And for the happiness we've known
Forever grateful stay.

But should Thy angel call for him
Much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes
And try to understand."

Edgar Guest


In memory of my son Leopold
07/21/86 to 11/07/06
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    1829 days ago
  • no profile photo NANAJUDY501
    You r in my prayers You have motivated me. I do not no what else to say, friend
    thank u so much.
    Nanajudy501 in Alabama
    2522 days ago
  • no profile photo CHAOTIC-KITTY
    You are in my prayers.
    3953 days ago
    What a wonderful poem that is. I am sorry for your loss. He is a very handsome man. He is in God's hands and watching over you now as you watched over him. Hugs..Barb
    4033 days ago
    Your son is beautiful. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sure your daughter (who is also beautiful, btw!) must miss him greatly.

    Hope you're having a good day, take care,

    4321 days ago
    YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS! emoticon
    4354 days ago
    I can't even IMAGINE the loss of a child!!! My heart goes out to you and what a wonderful tribute to your son Leopold. The poem is so enlightening and oh so TRUE. Fine comfort is knowing that he knows he was so LOVED by his family. I commend you for your sincerity, honesty and from the heart, for you: HEALING. As time goes by, I wish you peace of mind and THANK YOU for your BLOG.
    Foremost, take care of you. Know there are people that are pulling for you and want the best for you.

    Amiga, Que DIOS te bendiga. emoticon emoticon

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    4364 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/12/2009 11:13:31 AM
  • no profile photo CD3381951
    Sorry of your loss, and all of the pictures were great. You will always have all of the wonderful memories the rest of your life.
    I liked the poem, underneath his picture, and it's so true. It's true, but I know that doesn't make it any easier to get through this rough time.
    Bless you and all of your family on your loss. Peace Be with you!
    4384 days ago
  • no profile photo ESTHER05
    I am so sorry to hear that you lost your son. I know exactly what you are going through as I lost my daughter over 20 years ago when she was 2 1/2 years old. God has helped me through the really tough times. I was blessed with another daughter and a son. I will keep you in my prayers. Yours in Christ, Esther
    4384 days ago
    I am so sorry for the loss you have had and I know you will see your beautiful loved one again.
    You asked if I needed anything, the only thing I will need are prayers to keep me showing up.
    If I stay focused on the little steps, maybe someday I will open my eyes to see that I have accomplished something big. God bless you and yours, Stephanie
    4409 days ago
  • RAINDROP2000
    You are in my thoughts and I have said a prayer for you and your family. I am so very sorry for your loss.
    4482 days ago
    I am so sory for your loss. Tjere are no words to describe. GOD is with him and you. I will pray for your peace and to know all things happen for a reason, and He is OK? I pray that God covers you everyday. Don't hold things in please. Do whatever you need to do, to take care of you. I am so sorry. I lost a brother years ago, i recently could have lost my son. I have empathy in my heart for you. You are strong to wish me a happy new year through all this. GOD BLESS YOU! emoticon
    4544 days ago
    I'm Free
    Author Unknown

    Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
    I'm following the path God has laid you see.
    I took his hand when I heard his call.
    I turned back and left it all.
    I could not stay another day,
    To laugh, to love, to work or play.
    Tasks left undone must stay that way
    I found the peace at the close of day.

    If my parting has left a void,
    Then fill it with remembered joys---
    A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
    Oh yes, these things I too will miss.

    Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
    I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
    My life's been full, I savored much,
    Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

    Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.
    Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
    Lift up your hearts, and peace to thee---
    God wanted me now, he set me free.
    God bless you and your family.
    4550 days ago
  • AL9MC2
    I'm sure it is as hard if not harder for a parent to lose a child than a child to lose a parent. My mom died just over 10-years ago and I miss her everyday. But it helps to know that she's still watching over me, just as your son is to you!
    4586 days ago

    I cannot begin to imagine your pain. My thoughts are with you and yours as you remember the life that was lived and taken too soon.

    Peaceful comfort to you and everyone affected by Leopold's loss.

    4611 days ago
  • LORAINE451
    Dear Delia,
    During this time, may sweet memories fill your head.
    And if your soul needs to shed some tears,then let them flow,
    And if a laugh creeps in, then give yourself that gift,
    May time be your friend and give you comfort.
    May you know how lucky you are to have had the experience
    of loving and being loved by that beautiful child of yours and Gods
    You are in my prayers and thoughts as the day comes closer to you
    and your family to celebrate your precious time with Leo.
    Love Loraine451
    I watched the song and it was beautiful.


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    4612 days ago
    So sorry for your loss. You have some great pics of him on your sparkpage - what a great smile. I will say a prayer for you and your family for God's comfort as you approach the 2nd anniverary of your loss.
    4612 days ago
    Wow~ What a tear jerker of a poem. You have such a beautiful family. You all look so happy together and I can sense the love, strength and support between all of you. I am so very sorry for your loss. I am lifting you up in prayer for peace, strength and courage to keep going each and every day.
    May God Richly Bless You with All good things,
    4623 days ago
    I am so sorry.

    4640 days ago
    Came across your page.... Very sorry for your loss. My children are my life...and can not imagine losing any of them. Please know i've said a prayer for you today. May God Keep you close to his heart, give u strength to sustain you always. You are never alone... Please drop in anytime you'd like to chat
    4641 days ago
    I just came across your page and thank you for posting this poem. My cousin died suddenly on June 3rd of this year, he was 23 years old. This is a poem I will be sharing with family and friends.
    Prayers are with you and yours.
    4650 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1370153
    4662 days ago
  • THENEWME42008
    so sorry for you loss...
    4681 days ago
    I'm very sorry to hear about your son.
    I cant imagine how hard it is to lose someone so close to you, especially your son. How did he pass, if you dont mind me asking.

    I'm Adriana by the way... emoticon
    You had a very handsome son and I know he is looking down on you from heaven.

    Stay in Touch!
    I'm going to add you to my friends..I would love to talk more with you.

    4684 days ago
    I came across your blog and cried. I have this same poem on my dresser in a frame. I lost my son 1 1/2 years ago to sudden cardiac arrest. He was 29 yo with a new wife and 1 year old. I know alot of my wt problems is from depression over this but I don't kow how to get passed it or if I ever will. my son's wife is the one who got me started at spark people. each day is a fight but I plan on winning .
    4689 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your heart, hope, and faith, Delif. I lost my 24-yr-old son just over a year ago, so have some understanding, at least within my own shoes, of the journey you are making in yours. Your faith seems to be very strong, so I'm sure that you are being carried, even though at times it's through a deep river of tears. Leo was a very fine-and-intelligent-looking young man. Thank you for sharing a little of your son and your heart with us.
    4707 days ago
  • TAZ717
    I Love this poem!! May you get through this tough time. God Bless you and your family. It has been great to get to know you as a friend. I am greatful for your positive support. I am here for you if you need me.
    4708 days ago
  • -ANGIE-
    I am glad that you have your faith and hope to see you through this difficult time. My heart is full for you! emoticon
    4709 days ago
  • ALABAR58
    4720 days ago
  • LORAINE451
    I know that this month will be really hard on you,but I know you have the strainght to get through it. With the love from God, all your family and friends. We will all be here for you if you need a hand to cope. That is a beautiful poem and I read it all the time when I think of my daughter. God Bless you and all you know.I know that you are a strong person emoticon ,and will see Leo some day.
    4720 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/21/2008 1:17:39 PM
  • LINDA!
    Here is a hug!!! God Bless You.
    4724 days ago
  • LORAINE451
    what a beautiful poem and very true. You know of my loss, but you are encouraging me, with your possitive attitude. I know that you are a very strong person and will be with Leo someday. I will say a pray for you and all your family, especially Leo. Take care and God bless you and your family. emoticon
    4728 days ago
    Hey there,

    Just stoping to give you a hug.

    Co-Leader of F.L.A.B.
    4731 days ago
    He was a stunning person! No doubt a product of his raising! I know this has to be a hard time for you. Many prayers from me...
    4733 days ago
    very beautifully done. last month was my granddaughters birthday, she would be 11, and next month alex will be gone 3 years. your poem is very appropriate for all of us who has lost a child. i too got this letter in a card when alex passed. bel
    4735 days ago
  • no profile photo MURFETTE1
    I'm so sorry for your loss. It's very hard to lose your child!
    My heart feels your pain and sadness! emoticon
    4736 days ago
    I love this poem, it is a while since I heard it and it brings back some painful memories for me, but I remember this being sent to me when I lost Matt.

    I love the way you have set up this blog to mark the birthday of Leo, simple but beautiful.

    Most people never get to see an angel, we were lucky we got to hold one.

    4737 days ago
  • BOBKAT2007

    You will continue to be an inspiration to me. Leo must have been an extraordinary and lovely person, as you are too my friend.

    My oldest (19) is named Lee. He saw that I was writing you a message and told me to tell you that he will say a prayer for you and your family and give Leo a "Shout out" in his prayer.

    Take care and let's keep in touch.


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    4737 days ago
    my heart hurts, my eyes well-up, I have no words.... blessings terri
    4737 days ago
    ((((Delif1's))))) I am sending prayers up for you that you will find comfort and remeber all the joy your son brought you. I lost my niece at a young age and very unexpectedly. I was there when she came into the world and God blessed me to be there when He called her home. She was my daughter in every sense of the word except I did not carry her. As the poem states our children are only on loan and God always knows best.
    4738 days ago
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