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 Into Eternity

You are all my children:
If you are ever going to love me
Love me now, while I'm alive,
With tender feelings
And true affection.

You are all my children:
Don't wait until I'm gone
And my name is chiseled in marble
For then it will be too late.

As my children:
If you have tender thoughts for me
Please show them to me now,
Because when I'm sleeping
I'll never wake again.

Dear Children:
Please be here for me now
Now is when it counts
I need you while I'm living
So I can treasure it
Into eternity.

-Author unknown

rewritten in part by Barbara McMahon, mother, grandmother
and woman living with AIDS