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Wednesday, November 12, 2008



When you were 8 years old,
your mom handed you an ice cream.
You thanked her
by dripping it all over your lap.

When you were 9 years old,
she paid for piano lessons.
You thanked her
by never even bothering to practice.

When you were 10 years old
she drove you all day,
from soccer to football,
to one birthday party after another.
You thanked her
by jumping out of the car
and never looking back.

When you were 11 years old,
she took you and your friends to the movies.
You thanked her
by asking to sit in a different row.

When you were 12 years old,
she warned you not to watch certain TV shows.
You thanked her
by waiting until she left the house.

When you were 13,
she suggested a haircut that was becoming.
You thanked her
by telling her she had no taste.

When you were 14,
she paid for a month away at summer camp.
You thanked her
by forgetting to write a single letter.

When you were 15,
she came home from work,
looking for a hug.
You thanked her
by having your bedroom door locked.

When you were 16,
she taught you how to drive her car.
You thanked her
by taking it every chance you could.

When you were 17,
she was expecting an important call.
You thanked her
by being on the phone all night.

When you were 18,
she cried at your high school graduation.
You thanked her
by staying out partying until dawn.

When you were 19,
she paid for your college tuition,
drove you to campus,
carried your bags.
You thanked her
by saying good-bye outside the dorm
so you wouldn't be embarrassed
in front of your friends.

When you were 25,
she helped to pay for your wedding,
and she cried and told you
how deeply she loved you.
You thanked her
by moving halfway across the country.

When you were 50,
she fell ill and needed you
to take care of her.
You thanked her
by reading about the burden
parents become to their children.

And then, one day, she quietly died.
And everything you never did came crashing
down like thunder on YOUR HEART.

p/s: utk renungan kita bersama