Heather's World

snippets of my life ...

A Different Child

A different child,
People notice
There's a special glow around you.

You grow
Surrounded by love,
Never doubting you are wanted;
Only look at the pride and joy
In your mother and father's eyes.

And if sometimes
Between the smiles
There's a trace of tears,
One day
You'll understand.

You'll understand
There was once another child
A different child
Who was in their hopes and dreams.

That child will never outgrow the baby clothes
That child will never keep them up at night
In fact, that child will never be any trouble at all.

Except sometimes, in a silent moment,
When mother and father miss so much
That different child.

May hope and love wrap you warmly
And may you learn the lesson forever
How infinitely precious
How infinitely fragile
Is this life on earth.

One day, as a young man or woman
You may see another mother's tears
Another father's silent grief
Then you, and you alone
Will understand
And offer the greatest comfort.

When all hope seems lost,
You will tell them
With great compassion,
"I know how you feel.
I'm only here
Because my mother tried again."

By Pamela Diane McMillan
original here

This is one of my favourite poems. I lost twin boys in 1990, my daughter was born a year later, soon followed by my three sons. I know that had the twins lived, I wouldn't have had the four wonderful children I have now. So this page is in memory of the twins and as a message to my own children and to others who are here because their mothers tried again. The background picture my daughter on the beach on the Ile of Oleron.


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