A CAREGIVER'S GUIDE TO WHAT MATTERS

By My Mother's Bedside

Phil Dutton wrote these words as he sat by his dying mother’s bedside, knowing he had to leave to fly back home to his own life.

 

I sit here by her beside,

the woman who gave me life,

likely for the last time.

Do I awaken her

to say "I love you" one last time?

I know she knows.

And I know she loves me.

She said so just this afternoon.

Few other words are decipherable,

but those are.

One moment soon I must get up

from this chair, touch her,

whisper those three words

and walk away,

leaving her here to finish her life. 

But not just yet.