“One day, you will think of them
and a smile will come to your lips,
before a tear comes to your eyes.”
He reminded those newly bereaved military parents in the audience that he had more experience in this than they did, and that he knew this was true. It was true for him and the loss of his wife and daughter so many years ago; it was true for me with the loss of my two pregnancies and the hope of any children over a decade ago. Now I can fondly remember my love for the children I never had, and feel that love without the pain.
I too have more experience in this than so many of you, and one thing I know is that it will be true for you too.