|Mom, me , Mom's friend, Dad with Cathy|
In honor of your memory I took paper to pen;
I never knew the real you who you were or where you've been.
I only knew the woman who'd put a smile on my face;
I never knew the story behind the wrinkles on your face.
The many storms you weathered and the calms when you made peace;
I wish I had been old enough to learn the secrets that you'd keep.
So, without you we wander on into the rest of our lives;
Without the wisdom we could've gained when you were alive.
We wander on... I wrote these words for you for the rest of them to hear;
It's time for you to move along to eternity without fear.
And may you now be at peace in a place without love or hate;
Where everything is perfect beyond life's golden gates.
The rest of us will strive and struggle and keep you in our hearts;
I'll always remember this piece of wisdom The whole is the sum of it's parts.
A time will come when we're all gone we'll see each other again;
I wish you could have taught me more and I'm sure you will again.
I won't forget the time we shared I will not forget you;
It wasn't until your time had come that you taught me what you knew.
Forgive me as I wander on... R.I.P. Virginia Baumgartner;
What you couldn't teach me in life I learned only by your death.
Written by Ian Poole October 13, 2006