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I See You Everyday

Updated on June 12, 2012
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I saw you at the park today.
You were playing ball with a happy chocolate lab.
She reminded me of our ole shepherd, Mattie.
The setting sun was warm on my face as I closed my eyes, smiling.
I listened to the birds singing and the children laughing.
The light scent of spruce and lilac drifted on the evening breeze.
I thought of happy times together. I miss you.

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I saw you at our favorite restaurant last week.
You were with another man and two beautiful ladies, three tables over.
I was sitting with my husband and our sons, celebrating our 6 year anniversary.
You and my husband are alike; you have a lot in common.
Dan has grown so much since the last time you saw him.
And you never got to meet Collin or my husband, Mike.
I know that you would love them and they would love you back.

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It’s been almost 20 years now, since you left this world.
But I still see you everywhere. I see you every day.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This is stunningly beautiful. Lovely tribute.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you for that, Suzie! I would agree, I think our parents that have passed on still check in on their children to see what we're up to and watch the grandchildren they never got to meet. My youngest (5) seems to have a "friend" and I'm betting it's one or both of my parents. :)

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Hiya, Nell! Sorry to hear about your dad. It never gets any easier. I still hear my dad whistling and it makes me smile. :) Thank you very much, gf!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Mary, I would tend to agree. I lost my dad in 1993 and my mom in 1996 and I swear I still see them from time to time. Makes me wonder if they are checking in. :) Glad you still see your folks, too. :) Thank you so much! :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      What a beautiful piece written from the heart Terrye - I lost my mum 15 yrs now and see her everyday and think of her always, we were very close and your wonderful tribute hit home on so many levels. Your dad never got to meet your husband and Colin? My mum never met Mike or 2 of her grandchildren but you know something, your dad is right there with you watching and guiding you and how proud he is of his talented daughter, voted up++++++ and sharing :-)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Absolutely beautiful Terrye, it brought tears to my eyes and reminded me of my dad too. I lost him ten years ago, but I still hear his laugh. Wonderful.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      You know, we never stop "seeing our loved ones everyday". My parents have been dead for many years, but I still "see" them and have dreams for them, too.

      Beautiful tribute. I voted it as such, will share Pin, and Tweet.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, Rebecca. Yes, ma'am, it was for my father. :) Glad you liked it.

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      Rebecca 4 years ago

      Beautiful poem, it brought tears to my eyes. A wonderful tribute to your father(?), I'm sure he would have liked it very much :)

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      See that, bill?! You made Debbie cry, ya big ninny! :)

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Aw, thank you, Debbie. I'll smack Bill for you, he shared it! :) *hugs*

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      See, TT, your public loves this stuff!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Terrye every time I read this i cry .. You are simply amazing writer..

      Blessings my friend

      Debbie

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, Vellur, I hope it was a fond memory. :)

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully written, a great tribute. Touched my heart deep within, reminded me of my father.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      My dear friend, Docmo, I am so sorry that your father had to leave so soon. I find it reasuring that I do see my father every day. And I don't think it's just my mind playing tricks on me, I think our loved ones stop by to check up on us from time to time while they wait to be reunited with us.

      I am pleased to share this with you and happy that it moved you, in a good way, I hope.

      teaches: Glad to share and connect with others that are touched by this and can feel the same thing. Thank you!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Touching my heart in a special way today. You have great memories of such a wonderful person.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      You could write a million words, but nothing can come close to ' I see you everyday'. In those words there is so much yearning, so much reassurance, so much love, so much blessing, so much nostalgia, so much reassurance and so much loss. Terrye, you touch me deeply with those three words. I cried because I remembered my Dad ( I lost him 6 months ago) and I see him everyday. Thank you!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Hiya, tillsontitan! I couldn't agree with you more, in some way, as long as we remember them, they will be with us. Thank you for the lovely compliment, it makes writing worth it. :)

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, Jools99. I agree, very haunting yet comforting, yep, like he's still here with me in a little way. :) Thank you for stopping by and reading. :)

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Such beautiful words of rememberance. We never let go of the people we love. They live on forever in our memories.

      Beautiful is the word that comes to mind when reading this!

      Voted up and beautiful.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      This seeing those gone in those still around is a beautiful but sometimes haunting part of sense memory. Nice hub, nice that your dad is still 'there' with you.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, Daisy, much appreciated and my pleasure. He was a great dad. :)

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Terrye,

      This is a beautiful tribute to your father. Thank you for sharing your memories with us.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, again, unknown spy! :)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      the poem is so beautiful yet sad...

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I could so relate. I'm sure many of us could relate. I often see the ones that I've loved and lost and feel their presence...at least I hope so. Beautiful and sad yet made me smile!:)

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      LOL! Thanks, Victoria. :) Maybe I should ditch the picture of the dog. :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Ttombs, I must admit that I thought the same thing about Cardisa until I neared the end and realized it was about a person. Still, beautiful. A beautiful tribute!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you for the lovely comments, quietinstrumental. I'm glad it moved you. :)

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      quietinstrumental 5 years ago

      Very moving, and expressed in the most appropriate fashion: simply and poignantly.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, Deborah. I'm glad it touched you. :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow beautiful but sad.. I love this poem..

      voted up

      Debbie

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, KDu! :) I'm glad it touched you. :)

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Very, very touching. I absolutely love this poem! I couldn't stop reading it!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      You are too kind, Fennelseed! :) I appreciate your kind words. :)

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      Bringing those treasured warm memories into the present, I love this, yes there is sadness but your conversation here belies that 20 year gap keeping your dear Dad with you always. Just beautiful. My votes and best wishes to you TT.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, ALUR, and right back at ya! :)

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      ALUR 5 years ago from USA

      Voted up. Glad I found you:)

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, Anjili, for your generous words and vote. I used to get into trouble in writing classes for being too brief and pithy. I just found it a little hard to stretch my word count, but I've been trying. lol. :)

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      Anjili 5 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

      Your hub brings to mind the loved ones who have left us, but whose memories remain fresh in our minds. Good share interesting too. Voted up.

      By the way, I love the way you name your hubs. Has anybody told you they are terse but very catchy. I'll come again. Thanks

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, CloudExplorer. I appreciate that. :) *hugs*

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      This was a touching poem here, made me think of my mom. I will definitely be sharing this one, thanks for sharing it, voted up indeed. Oh and thanks for the follow as well.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, BlossomSB. :) Very proud indeed, and it was very hard to write that. But it felt good to get it on "paper" finally, instead of having it bottled up. Almost like a sigh of relief. :)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      It must have taken a lot of courage to write that, it would have been so hard.

      You must be so proud of your father.

      Thank you for sharing.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      It's a poem for my father. It's only taken me almost 20 years to find the right words. lol :) I don't think we ever get over thinking/hoping we see a loved one. I believe it's because, part of us know that we will see them again, we just don't know when. :) Thank you for the compliment. :)

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, Joyce. Coming from you.....wow. :) You are an awesome poet!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I definitely got the right impression of waiting and seeing.

      Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Was this a husband, a brother, who?? Very sad. My mother has been dead 50 years, but sometimes I think I see her. Beautiful work.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Johanna, thank you! I was trying to convey that sense of waiting you feel when you see someone you think you know and you wait to find out if it's really them or not. :) Glad you liked it.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, Frank, as always. :)

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      Johanna Mary Elisabeth Baker 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I got the sense of waiting till the end to find who you missed and saw everywhere - I know. Thanks for sharing - great hub!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      ttombs very well written

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Naptime! :) We need a HP Addiction support group. :)

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, moonlake! :)

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Yeah, as I speak to you my eyes are closing and it's only 11:35 AM....LOL, that's what I get for Hubpages addiction...lol.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Beautiful poem. Sad but I loved it. Voted up.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Sounds like you need a spa day. :) Are you breaking up with me? "It's me not you." rotflmbo!!!

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Two dogs could be playing ball and a dog could be seated and a table...lol...ha ha, you got me, I guess I saw the dog and my mind just went all weird....lol

      NO! don't change a thing, I admit just finished a five month long project and a bit tired....sorry....it's me not you..lol

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      LOL! I just got an image in my mind of a dog throwing a ball for another dog and sitting at a dinner table like a person, having dinner and conversing like a human. Sorry this poem confused you, makes me think I need to rework it now. Back to the drawing board....*sigh*

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I love the poem but I couldn't figure if it was about a dog you miss or a person. But still a wonderful, beautiful poem.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      It is my pleasure, SteviJay and thank you very much. :)

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, picklesandrufus! :) I'm glad you enjoyed it and thank you for the vote!

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      SteviJay 5 years ago

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      Thank you for reminding all of us that we are never really gone-our memories serve great comfort and love!

      SteviJay

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      What a lovely way to say I still love and miss you. So very emotional and beautiful. Vote up

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, billybuc. :) You are wonderful. And congrats on the book!

      Rahul: Thank you so much for your kind words. Much appreciation.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Such a moving poem.... brought me to tears! Such beautiful lines of remembrance...

      Brilliant work of verse...

      The love for a lost one... portrayed so sweetly...

      Yes dear he is everywhere around you,... protecting and loving you as he always did

      Regards

      Rahul

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sad...loving...beautiful! Thank you for sharing my friend. I would write more but what would be the point? I said it all in the first three words.