How Long Has It Been?

How long has it been since you kissed your mother?

How long since you held her hand?
How long since you took the time and the trouble
To show her how straight you stand?
How long has it been since you’ve kissed her cheeks?
How long since you made her proud?

How long since you said, “I love you, Mom”
No, I mean out loud
You know, mothers must be made of iron
to watch their children grow
Then just when they seem to need them most,
they have to watch them go

Now take my mom as strong as she is,
I must have made her cry
How many times I could have hugged her,
but instead I passed her by
Maybe it’s because I’m growing up,
maybe I don’t know,
Or maybe it’s the pains of parenthood
as I watch my children grow.

I hope my children show their mom
how much they really care
For someday it’s a proven fact,
their mother won’t be there
And so the question of the day…
and don’t just ask your brother
More important, ask yourself,

How long since you kissed your mother?

– Kenny Rogers

 

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