An famous Italian actor and comedian named Andrea Roncato, who is now 80 years old, was once a playboy in his youth. But nowadays he looks back on his youth with regret – specifically the time when he had his child aborted.
He explained that it was the biggest mistake of his life and since then he’s become very pro-life, according to Aleteia:
I miss having a child. It was the mistake of my life. When I was very young, I had the chance to become a father, to have a child, but I had him aborted. Now, I’ve become very strongly against abortion. I even wrote a book for this child who was never born, titled I Would Have Liked You [‘T’avrei voluto’ in Italian].
In his book “I Would Have Liked You” he wrote a very moving poem to his aborted son and I wanted to share it with you. It’s translated from Italian:
I would have liked you to be small, so I could hug you.
I would have liked you to be big, so I could lean on you.
I would have liked you to be looking out the window in winter, watching the snow begin to fall.
I would have liked you to be lying under the covers during a storm, silent so you could hear the sound of the rainfall.
I would have liked you to be kind to dogs, so you could pet them, and affectionate with the elderly, so you could love them.
I would have liked you to be handsome, so I could brag about you, with big eyes, like your mother’s.
I would have liked to sing to you, to make you fall asleep, and continue the dream that woke you up.
I would have liked you to be shy, so I could see you blush, and stubborn, so I could argue with you.
I would have liked you to be at my side, so the two of us could walk in silence, trying to understand what the other was thinking inside and couldn’t manage to say.
I would have liked to teach you all the things I don’t know how to do.
I would have liked you to leave someday, so I could have the pleasure of seeing you come back home.
I would have liked you to experience your first love.
I would have liked you near me on the day I must leave this world.
I wish I had wanted you, that time when I didn’t want you …
I heard this yesterday morning on the Patrick Mardrid Show and I must tell you, he couldn’t read it without choking up.
So if you get dust in your eye while reading it, you aren’t the only one.