This has been going around the Internet in E-Mails for a long,
time.  It has been changed, but it is very obviously Sally's.
The inspiration, love, and light for Sally's beautiful poems....
is her son, Dhylan

I decided to first leave the poem up the way it is going around.
Following this version is the original and a link to Sally's site and
other poetry.


One More Day Banner


Just for this morning,
I am going to smile when I see your face
and laugh when I feel like crying.

Just for this morning,
I will let you choose what you want to wear,
and smile and say how perfect it is.

Just for this morning,
I am going to step over the laundry,
& pick you up and take you to the park to play.

Just for this morning,
I will leave the dishes in the sink,
& let you teach me
how to put that puzzle of yours together.

Just for this afternoon,
I will unplug the telephone & keep the computer off,
& sit with you in the backyard
& blow bubbles.

Just for this afternoon,
I will not yell once,
not even a tiny grumble
when you scream & whine
for the ice cream truck,
& I will buy you one if he comes by.

Just for this afternoon,
I won't worry about
what you are going to be when you grow up,
or second guess every decision I have made
where you are concerned.

Just for this afternoon,
I will let you help me bake cookies,
& I won't stand over you trying to fix them.

Just for this afternoon,
I will take you to Mc Donald's
& buy us both a Happy Meal
so you can have both toys.

Just for this evening,
I will hold you in my arms & tell you a story
about how you were born
& how much I love you.

Just for this evening,
I will let you splash in the tub
& not get angry.

Just for this evening,
I will snuggle beside you for hours,
& miss my favorite TV shows.

Just for this evening,
I will let you stay up late
while we sit on the porch
& count the stars.

Just for this evening,
when I run my fingers through your hair
as you pray,
I will simply be grateful
that God has given me
the greatest gift ever given.


I will think about the mothers & fathers who are
searching for their missing children, the mothers
& fathers who are visiting their children's graves
instead of their bedrooms, & the mothers & fathers
who are in hospital rooms watching their children
suffer senselessly, & screaming inside that they
can't handle it anymore.

And when I kiss you goodnight,
I will hold you a little tighter,
a little longer.
It is then that I will thank God for you,
& ask him for nothing,
except one more day.



Sometimes we get so involved in our daily routines
that we tend to forget what great gifts our children
really are.

We never know if God is going to give us one more day.



Here is the Original Poem and a link to Sally's Poetry Pages.



Just for this day.

Just for this morning,
I am going to smile whenever I see your face.
and laugh when I feel like crying.

Just for this morning,
I will let you wake up softly,
all rumpled in your flannel
and I will hold you until you are ready.

Just for this morning,
I will let you choose what you want to wear,
andsmile and say you're beautiful.

Just for this morning,
I am going to step over the laundry,
and pick you up and take you to the park to play.

Just for this morning,
I am going to eat a huge breakfast,
with bacon , eggs, toast and waffles,
and you don't have to eat any.

Just for this morning,
I will leave the dishes in the sink,
and let you teach me how to put that 100 piece puzzle together.

Just for this afternoon,
I will unplug the telephone and keep the computer off,
and sit with you in the garden blowing bubbles.

Just for this afternoon,
I will not yell once,
not even a tiny grumble when you scream and whine for the ice cream truck,
and I will buy you one if he comes by.

Just for this afternoon,
I won't worry about what you are going to be when you grow up
or who you might have been before your diagnosis.

Just for this afternoon,
I will let you help me bake cookies,
and I won't stand over you trying to 'fix' things.

Just for this afternoon,
I will let you put all kinds of barettes in my hair,
and put lipstick on my face,
and I will tell you how pretty you have made me look.

Just for this afternoon
I will take you to McDonalds and buy us both a Happy meal
so you can have both toys.

Just for this evening,
I will hold you in my arms and tell you a story about how you were born,
and how much we love you.

Just for this evening,
I will let you splash in the bathtub
and not get angry when you throw water over your sister's head.

Just for this evening,
I will let you stay up late
while we sit on the porch swing and count all the stars.

Just for this evening,
I will bring you glasses of water,
and snuggle beside you for three hours
and miss my favorite show on t.v.

Just for this evening,
When I kneel down to pray,
I will simply be grateful for all that I have
and not ask for anything,
except

just one more day.



Autism is not the end of the World. . .
just the beginning of a new one.

Copyright 1999. Sally Meyer



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