Most Precious Gift
by Cindy Eriksen
cried the day I found you were growing inside.
of joy and relief, I just could not hide.
had tried so long and was afraid it would never be..
the miracle, the answer to my prayers I would see.
day finally arrived, the labor
was painful and long.
had great trouble in having you and something was wrong!
God don’t take this child, Doctor do what you can”...
heard me and spared you to become a great man.
were the perfect child, although all mothers think that’s true
loved to see each new stage you went through.
to firemen, I’d say “Whatever you put your mind too!”
never dreamed when you said soldier, that one would come true.
I’d come to your high school to visit a teacher or two
campus in front of friends you’d yell, “Mom I love you”.
were never embarrassed to say how you felt...
heart leapt inside with joy, I thought I would melt.
loved you so much, nothing has changed from then till now
people think it’s supposed to be different somehow.
Just because you are grown and have said "I DO"
mean there’s a difference in how I feel about you!
would step in front of a train in a second to save your life
now I would
do so for your kids and your wife
know that they are first now, just as it should be.
isn’t there still just a bit of room in there for me?
admit I can feel lonely, and at times tears fill my eyes...
Day comes, package at the door? -
an unexpected surprise!
half way around the world, you still do what you can...
lucky I am, my special little boy is now this wonderful man.
think about how many others who are now counting on you.
a deployed soldier, I can only imagine the jobs that you do.
have kept you as that sweet little boy and not this Army Lieutenant
have robbed the world of the most precious gift I could give it!
dream about the day when you step off that plane in front of me.
of joy and relief, as I watch you embrace your young family.
had prayed for this so long and was afraid it would never be..
Full circle, the miracle, the answer to my prayers I can now see.
America's Best Son!
by Cindy Eriksen
made it home, we’ve all given cheer.
been deployed, you’ve done your year.
God, you’re safe, to fight no more…
As your mother, I cry, "You’re done with war!"
know I support you in all you choose…
you’re my only son, I’ve so much to loose.
you’re a Captain, you’re not through, you say?
going on to wear a Green Beret?
Airborne Ranger, you’ve proved you’re tough…
now you tell us, that’s not enough.
country needs you to answer the call…
you want to be ready to give it your all.
your family is packed, you’re on your way
Lewis to Bragg, for awhile you’ll stay.
As you pass from maroon on into green,
least I know you’ll be safe between.
get me wrong, I know in my heart…
was always your lot; this is how you do your part.
though it scares me to watch your direction…
happy to be the mother of one with this intention.
so incredibly proud of all you’ve done…
couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful son.
To me, you’ve already passed the test.
me, you’re already one of
Barry Sadler singing "Ballad of Green Beret" on You Tube
Lyrics to "The Green Beret" song