While There’s Still Time

Welcome back. You belong here.

New job, new city.
Overwhelming, always something to do
A person to call, a vision on a napkin
A meeting to have, don’t forget to talk to the boss

And my life at home
What matters most
Waits, listening to the conversation in the car
It goes something like this
“Today was a long day
Today was overwhelming
Today I met with the boss”

And they read books
And stare out the window
Every time we cross a railroad track
Our little boy says, “Mom, mom, you look that way
I’ll look this way”
Lots of trains around here

Time passes so quickly

Our girl is sad her older sister no longer sleeps in the same room
Tears each night of how hard it is to be alone
The older sister is glad to be on her own
She pushes to grow up
She pushes forward
Life moves forward
We stay behind

Time passes so quickly

While there’s still time
I will look left and right at the railroad track
While there’s still time
I will sleep in our girls room once in a while so she won’t feel alone
While there’s still time I will be proud that our eldest is growing up
And kicking a soccer ball in the backyard with her new friend from across the street

Time passes so quickly

While there’s still time I will help our little boy clean up his room
While there’s still time we will go on another bike ride by the creek
While there’s still time we will clean the tree house and paint our names on it
While there’s still time I will record their voices in my mind

Yesterday I met a man who plays guitar and sings songs to God
I heard a recording of his two young daughters playing piano as he played along
One played the low keys, the other the highs

This man told me
That he has a cyst in his brain
That he had a seizure two weeks ago
This man is young

He told me of his dream
To one day see his young girls grow up
And play this song for them
Of them playing along
High keys, low keys
While he sat at the piano playing along

While there’s still time
While there’s still time
While there’s still time
I will play along

Have a great day,

Into the future,

davidT

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