Army Mom’s Safe Haven

GRACE STRICKLER DAWSON

TO A FRIEND

You entered my life in a casual way
and saw at a glance, what I needed
There were others who passed me or met me each day
But never a one of them heeded.
Perhaps you were thinking of other folks more
Or chance simply seemed to decree it;
I know there were many chances before,
But the others, well they didn't see it.

You said just the thing that I wished you would say
and you made me believe that you meant it;
I held up my head in the old gallant way
and resolved you should never repent it.
There are times when encouragement means such a lot
and a word is enough to convey it,
There were others who could have, as easy as not -
but, just the same, they didn't say it.

There may have been someone who could have done more
To help me along, though I doubt it;
What I needed was cheering, and always before
They had let me plod onward without it.
You helped to refashion the dream of my heart,
And made me turn eagerly to it;
There were others who might have (I question that part)
But, after all, they didn't do it.

©Copyright 2002 by Grace Strickler Dawson

For the one who encouraged me the most...
Christina