Sunday, May 14, 2017

To All the Girls I Loved Before

Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson sing a song “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” and while the meaning is a lot different than what I am feeling for the mother’s in my life there are many parts of the song that pay tribute to these special women. With Mother’s Day in mind I have changed the lyrics a bit to share how I feel about these “girls” in my life. Hopefully you can get beyond the real song and see the fun in what I am saying.

To all the girls I’ve loved before
Who traveled in and out my door
I’m glad they came along
I dedicate this song
To all the girls I’ve loved before

To the mother who held me when young
And may I say that she’s the best
For helping me to grow, I owe a lot, I know
I love that girl even more everyday

First I want to thank my mother for being as strong as she is and putting up with five crazy boys (six, if you count my father as one of the craziest) and one girl in our family. She loves us all and will do anything for the three generations that have come after her. My sister Judy’s daughter, Laura Stanford Tzunun, said it best on her Facebook page when she paid tribute to Allis she said” “She has such a willing heart to serve others, she always wants to help. I never need to ask her for help she is just there and ready to do it.” She loves to travel to be with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is a great example of one who understands the divine role of a mother.

The light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ shines in her eyes and she is an example of one who understands what charity is.

To that girl that became my wife
Who filled my life with ecstasy
She lives with in my heart
I’ll always be a part
Of that girl who loves me dearly

To my wife, I wish to express my deepest appreciation for staying with me for almost 42 years. My love for her continues to grow every day. I am grateful that she did not give up on me in our early years while I was still trying to figure out how to treat her like the queen that she is. Like my mother, she has been the person that kept our three crazy boys (four if you count me as one of the craziest) and one daughter in line and become the respectable individuals they are today.

We are looking forward to the time when I retire and we can serve a mission together and enjoy our children and grandchildren as they continue to grow. She really has filled my life with ecstasy.

To the one girl who shared my life
Until she grew and is now a mother on her own
I am glad she came along
I dedicate this song
To the daughter, I love more today

My live would not be complete without our daughter Michelle. She brings us so much joy. Having three sons is a great blessing, but only those who have a daughter can understand the love a father has for his daughter. She is a wonderful mother and a respected business women in our community. Whenever I ask someone if the go into Einstein Bros. to eat and they say yes; I ask if they know my daughter who is the general manager and they always say, “yes and she is the best”. They love how she cares for the customers and for them personally.

To all the girls who came into my life
Who now are my son’s wives
I’m glad they came along
I dedicate this song
To all the girls who love my sons

Words cannot express how grateful I am for these girls that have come into my life because they loved my sons enough to marry them. They are the choicest of Heavenly Father’s daughters and are great mothers to our grandchildren. Their faith and devotion to their families are a testimony that happiness and success is possible when families are established and maintained on the principles taught in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World

I am a blessed person to have so many “girls” that I loved before – and continue to love today. I hope that they all have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

1 comment:

  1. Hal,
    This post is very touching! Thank you for sharing such tender thoughts and emotions!


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