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~~The Girl I Used To Be~~

She came to me tonight as I sat alone
The girl I used to be,
And she gazed at me with her earnest eye
And questioned reproachfully.

Have you forgotten the many plans
And hopes I had for you?
The great career...the splendid fame...
All the wonderful things to do?

Where is the mansion of stately height
With all it's gardens rare?
The silken robes that I dreamed for you
And the jewels in your hair?

And as she spoke, I was very sad
For I wanted her pleased with me...
This slender girl from the shadowy past
The girl I used to be.

So gently rising, I took her hand
And guided her up the stairs,
Where peacefully sleeping, my babies lay
Innocent...sweet...and fair.

And I told her that these are my only gems
And precious they are to me,
That silken robe is my motherhood
Of costly simplicity.

And my mansion of stately height is love
And the only career I know,
Is serving each day in these sheltered walls
For the dear ones who come and go.

And as I spoke to my shadowy guest
She smiled through her tears at me,
And I saw the woman that I am now
Pleased the girl I used to be.

(Used with permission by the Author Rowena K. Lewis)

I would love to give credit to Rowena K. Lewis,
who wrote this poem with so much emotion!
It reflects my feelings so well. I am SO honored to be chosen
as the Mother of three handsome sons, and the Grandmother
of six beautiful grandchildren. NO career could have given
me as much satisfaction, as my being a MOM and GRAM!
I thank God every day for His Blessings to me.



Updated September 30, 2004