Won’t Be Long


One day I won’t be my mother’s baby.
“Won’t be long,” she said. “Won’t be long.”
One day I might be a grownup, maybe.
“Won’t be long,” she said. “Won’t be long.”
Maybe I will go to Paris and raise a kid.
Maybe I will love somebody the way that she did.
The way she loves me now.

One day I will tend my mother’s garden.
“Won’t be long,” she said. “Won’t be long.”
And take my children out into the flowers.
“Won’t be long,” she said. “Won’t be long.”
“The cats will play outside all day.
The kids will run me ragged.
But then they’ll go to bed.”
That’s what she said.

How long will we have to be together?
“Won’t be long,” she said. “Won’t be long.”
How long will it be until forever?
“Won’t be long,” she said. “Won’t be long.”

When will we see each other again?

“Won’t be long,” she said.
“Won’t be long.”


This was written for my mom, the day after she died in 2003.
I played it at her funeral.

Here’s the obituary:

Of Mansfield formerly of Hyde Park, Randolph and New Hampshire March 25, 2003. Beloved wife of Joseph S. Tedeschi Sr. Devoted mother of Joseph S. Tedeschi Jr. of Mansfield, Paul C. Tedeschi of Brooklyn, Conn. and Elizabeth A. Mohan and Lisa J. Cohen both of Norton. Dear sister of Frances Grube of Lempster, New Hampshire, Alice Needre and Evelyn Sweeney both of Raynham and the late Alfred Krastin and Mildred Laiweneek. Also survived by her loving 8 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral from The Sherman & Jackson Funeral Home, 55 North Main St. MANSFIELD, on Saturday March 29th at 8:00 A.M. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 9:00 A.M. in St. Mary’s Church, 330 Pratt St. (Route 106 ) Mansfield. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. Visiting hours Friday from 5-8 P.M. Burial will be in Getsemane Cemetery, West Roxbury.

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