You Linger Longer
(For Aaron)

My son Aaron Collins passed from this life on July 7, 2012,
leaving behind a will with a request that has touched
the lives of millions.

You hold back your affection,
Your kisses and hugs;
And you never tell me you love me,
No matter how many times I express my love to you.
But you stand so still when I tousle your hair,
And I know that you don't want me to stop.
And you linger longer than the others
when I hug you and kiss you good-bye.
Sometimes I think your little heart
might hold more love than all the rest;
And, although you cannot show me,
Sometimes I think you need me most.

Tina Rae Collins

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