My arms fling around her neck and I pull her in tightly. There we stand in our embrace. The world stops spinning as I feel her chest move in and out with every breath. I can smell her perfume. It throws me right back. With all my might, I pull away and look into her smiling face. Her auburn hair glistens in the sun and is blown ever so gently in the breeze.
I am finding it hard to form words but I know that I don’t have long.
“I have so many questions to ask, I don’t know where to begin. Where have you been all this time? I couldn’t find you anywhere”.
“I didn’t go anywhere, my darling. I have been here with you the whole time. Remember the day you stood looking over at the ocean and tears ran down your face? I was there holding you. Just look in the mirror; you have my eyes”.
“Do you have any regrets?”
She thinks about this question for a second.
“Life is too short for regrets, my angel boy. Every choice we make takes us to another place. There is no right or wrong; just life experience. We always get to where we are meant to be eventually anyway. Trust your instincts”.
A breeze picks up and swirls pink blossom around us.
“Why does life sometimes feel so hard? Some days it feels impossible to move through”.
Her hands lift up towards my face and as they hold onto me, she looks directly into my eyes.
“There will always be challenges to overcome. That is part of life. Please remember, these are only opportunities to show the world who you really are. We are stronger than our bodies give us credit for. Use these times to shine, my darling boy”.
A wave of anger washes over me as I realise that this is it.
“I miss you so much. I wish you were always here. I have so many questions still to ask”.
“I know my angel, I know. Everything we need to know is inside each and every one of us. Never forget how much I love you. I live in your heart. You are never alone”.
I hug her so tightly; I worry that she might break. The wind picks up…and she is gone.
Just one more minute.
If you could have just one minute more, what would you ask?