I didn’t want to go. I didn’t want to leave you. I knew how much you already loved me and how much you wanted me to stay. It was out of my control.

Against red, gold and orange leaves shimmering in the sun, you glowed with happiness, filled with joy. No sign of the disappointment to come.

The leaves fell, and I was gone, leaving you empty, bereft, your heart broken.

Winter. Cold, cold winter. Life as bare as the branches on the trees. How could I comfort you?

One who plants a tree, plants hope, I whispered.

You heard and I saw the faint hint of a smile. You bought a tree, a tall, strong specimen. Dug the hole, planted, fertilised, watered. Nurtured as you would have done for me.

Spring came and tiny buds formed. Buds of promise. And, the doctor confirmed another new life. Mixed emotions. Joy. Fear. Uncertainty, but each new day brought increased hope.

Summer. You relaxed in the warmth but sometimes I caught those wistful looks and a shadow passing briefly across your brow. Were you thinking of me? I guessed you were and I’d send a breeze to rustle the leaves on the tree and let you know I was thinking of you, too.

The leaves began to turn myriad golden shades. More wistful looks amid hopeful smiles and tempered excitement.

And then… she is here! Ten fingers, ten toes and a cute button nose. She snuggles close as you hold her, your eyes fill with happy tears.

Then you look up.

Yes, I am here. I will be with you always. Watching you, watching my precious baby sister.

I love you, Daddy, and my spirit will live on forever.

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Greene M Wills
Greene M Wills(@greene-m-wills)
19 days ago

Heartbreaking, yet so tender! I love the joy in his baby sister he manifests. Such a good soul!

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Greene M Wills(@greene-m-wills)
Reply to  Sandra James
15 days ago

Oh Sandra! My heart breaks for you and your family. One will always think about the steps those little ones will never take, words they’ll never speak and all the possibilities. However, they’ll never be forgotten and they’ll watch over us forever because they just know we would have loved them…

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Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
19 days ago

So the baby is a rainbow baby! So sweet, Sandra.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
16 days ago

These is a heartfelt read, Sandra. I also love this very hopeful message: “One who plants a tree; plants hope.” Well done, Sandra.  

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Sandra James
12 days ago

You’re always welcome, Sandra.

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