Updated: Sep 21, 2018
I believe most of us have a favorite aunt, she’s usually the one you just seem to have a little more in common with, whether it’s because of some similar interests, a shared sense of humor or simply because of the fond memories you have of her as you were growing up.
I had such an aunt, and although it has been over ten years since her passing, I can still recall the sound of her voice like it was yesterday, as well as the way I felt the day of her funeral when one of her favorite songs Remember When by Alan Jackson was being played.
She loved her husband, her four children, her grandchildren, Christmas, Disney, music and life. So, in honor of her memory, I would like to share the following parable I wrote for her family and my uncle prior to spending his first Christmas without her in more than fifty years.
I truly hope its story of love, life, loss and faith inspires you to take a moment to like, share and tweet this post, especially on behalf of anyone who is grieving the loss of their spouse.
We first met and the feelings we would get. The day that we were wed and all the days that lay ahead.
All we had were our dreams of what may come. The way they kept us young and although we did not realize every one. How we felt, achieving some.
We used to fight, especially the times that I was right and when Christmas makes you sad. Be thankful for all the ones we had.
It is said and done, with all the laughter and the tears, there was never anyone. I loved more throughout the years.
We meet again. It will be, as it was then.
©2004 Richard Lawrence Belford
Richard also invites you to turn up the volume and “Remember When” with this video collection of quotes from “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” his inspirational book about life, love and loss.
“True love stories never have endings.”
~ Richard Bach ~
About the Author: Richard Lawrence Belford is an Inspirational Writer who has been on a twenty year creative journey that has allowed him to become well-published. A journey that’s been fueled by his genuine desire to provide faith, comfort and hope to those in grief.
His inspirational writings have been illustrated with photography on a series of wall décor products beautifully designed by Reed Photo Art & Imaging In
“Remember When” is printed on metallic photographic paper and mounted on 8½’’ x 11’’ x ⅜’’ inch thick pressboard with a UV protective laminate and contemporary black bevelled edge. It can also be custom ordered in 16’’x 20’’ and 24’’x 36'' sizes.
For additional information regarding its availability and a complete collection of equally inspiring wall decor products featuring Richard’s writings please visit his website’s Product Gallery.
Richard has also written a book entitled; “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” that includes beautifully illustrated artwork, inspiring quotes, a collection of his inspirational parables, accompanied by his stories behind their creation.
A parable by definition is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson.
He trusts that his parables, along with these stories will stir some emotions in you that we’ve all felt, emotions that can help bring some small measure of solace to those grieving the loss of someone dear to their heart.
Now, although “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” is about loss, it’s also about the many lives and love shared by families & friends. As just one of billions of people who have lived, loved and experienced loss Richard has dedicated the book to the memory, and written its forward as a tribute to his father. He hopes it makes him proud.
This beautifully illustrated full-color 8½’’x 11’’ paperback book or its Kindle edition can be purchased on Amazon.com and is available in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom and The United States.
Richard invites you to follow him on Instagram and Twitter, like his Author’s Facebook Page or visit the It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later Facebook Page and perhaps join the increasing number of people who believe this book will inspire you to always try & say;
“ I’ll see you later, instead of goodbye!”