Daddy, I learned what a real man is from watching you..
Over the years you’ve shown me you’re proud of all I do
Always saying remember ‘ Your Daddy loves YOU’
As I headed out into the world full of great BIG dreams
You taught me tough lessons; that all isn’t always as it seems
In my innocent naiveté
My vision blurred by a rose-colored monocle
Even in present tense..
You rose to my defense
No matter the offense
Your words ‘I’d kill a rock over YOU’ rang always in my ears
My Daddy loves me! became my silent mantra on my darkest nights
And there have been many..
Your Alphaness/Your Leadership/Your Compassion/Your unwavering discipline/Your knack for figuring out the tough stuff!/Your intelligence/Your avid love of reading & knowledge!/Your hearty laughter/humor
ALL of that sums UP to what I want in a man, nope!, it is what I neeeed in my ‘The One’
Nothing less will do or I’d rather have none
The lessons you taught me without ever even trying
IF I think about that long list now I’ll for sure start crying
As the tears flow
I certainly know
You’ll gently stand by till they cease~
The strength I feel now within my heart
Earned from Life’s heavy! hammer upon my back
time to time..
Whilst in my background you always reminded me of where I’d come from
That there was nothing I couldn’t survive or DO if I set my mind on IT
Its because YOU believed in me always that I now STAND
Even sans my ‘The One’ , yes! you taught me I CAN..
So I’m all grown UP now & have finally found my way
All that you’ve given me; I could hardly ever repay
But just find comfort that I’m sincerely happy doing ME
I’m ever evolving into the person God created me to B~
And even once I’m again my ‘The One’s ‘ loving wife
You’ll forever & always be the #1 man in my Life.
Happy Fathers Day Daddy!
Love always and always, Bernadette
~~My UNsolicited AfterWord~~ EVERY little girl deserves from BIRTH not only a Father; but a Daddy! A girl’s first impression of what a man IS..stems directly from her own Dad or lack OF. Think about that for a minute & the impact that can have on a girl-to-woman’s life. The relationship between a girl/woman and her Daddy WILL(not maybe..) affect every love relationship she has with a man in her life. Exclamation point. Period. Thus, I feel its highly important for men to be engaged Dads..for doesn’t the lack of impact all of society in the long run? Yes! it does in far too many ways to list here. IF you make them; tend to them! Would one make a cake? Then walk away from it & leave it unattended in the oven? Hecks no..and a child is something that does not ask to be created. ANY man can bring a child into the world; it takes a REAL man to raise them. Regardless of happenstance of the relationship that the child was born of; children need to be raised by , at the least!, both parents. One thing I can’t respect is a man who did NOT have a hand in raising their child. In my world there is a word for that; and I won’t disgrace my poem tribute to my Daddy by printing it here. But if the shoe fits; U already know. I hope Fathers out there reading this realize YOUR importance. Material things, above a child’s needs, do NOT matter. When said child is grown? They won’t recall the Iphones, Xboxes, or over-priced designer clothes you purchased or couldn’t afford to purchase..what they will forever recall is your LOVE. I’ve found its when we have the least material possessions that the preciousness of Love is recognized in our lives..Or least thats the way I see IT. 2 All the Daddys/Fathers/Pops/Pa’s out there heres wishing you a very , very HAPPY FATHERS DAY. *You are appreciated/needed!/honored/adored..LOVED*