October 8th, 2012, my love and I were devastated by the terminal diagnosis of Anencephaly, a rare neural tube defect, in our unborn daughter Leila Grace. With this journal, we invite you to walk our journey with us as we carry, deliver, and enjoy the brief but incredibly meaningful and touching life of our amazing baby girl.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
I'll Lend You a Child
By Edgar Guest
"I'll lend you for a little time
a child of mine," He said.
For you to love, while she lives
and mourn for when she's dead.
It may be six or seven years
or twenty-two or three
but will you, till I call her back,
take care of her for me?
She'll bring her smiles to gladden you
and should her stay be brief
you'll have her lovely memories
as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay,
since all from earth return,
but there are lessons taught down there
I want this child to learn.
I've looked this world over
in search of teachers true,
and from the throngs that crowd life's lanes
I have selected you.
Now will you give her all your love,
nor count the labor vain,
nor hate me when I come to call
to take her back again?
I fancied that I heard them say,
"Dear Lord, thy will be done,"
for all the joy this child shall bring,
the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter her with tenderness,
we'll love her while we may,
and for the happiness we've known,
forever grateful stay.
But should the angels call for her
much sooner than we've planned,
we'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
and try to understand.
This poem was sent to me by a friend relaying the message for a friend who came across this blog. I wanted to share because, although heartwrenching, it's comforting and beautiful. It's amazing, the hearts of perfect strangers reaching out during trying times. Thank you, whoever you are. <3