06-10-2002, 03:07 AM #1
Hope everyone likes this
Her hair was up in a ponytail
Her favorite dress tied with a bow.
Today was Daddy's Day at school,
And she couldn't wait to go.
But her mommy tried to tell her,
That she probably should stay home.
Why the kids might not understand,
If she went to school alone.
But she was not afraid;
She knew just what to say.
What to tell her classmates
Of why he wasn't there today.
But still her mother worried,
For her to face this day alone.
And that was why once again,
She tried to keep her daughter home.
But the little girl went to school,
Eager to tell them all.
About a dad she never sees
A dad who never calls.
There were daddies along the wall in back,
For everyone to meet.
Children squirming impatiently,
Anxious in their seats.
One by one the teacher called,
A student from the class.
To introduce their daddy,
As seconds slowly passed.
At last the teacher called her name,
Every child turned to stare.
Each of them was searching,
For a man who wasn't there.
"Where's her daddy at?"
She heard a boy call out.
"She probably doesn't have one,"
Another student dared to shout.
And from somewhere near the back,
She heard a daddy say,
"Looks like another deadbeat dad,
Too busy to waste his day."
The words did not offend her,
As she smiled up at her Mom.
And looked back at her teacher,
Who told her to go on.
And with hands behind her back,
Slowly she began to speak.
And out from the mouth of a child,
Came words incredibly unique.
"My Daddy couldn't be here,
Because he lives so far away.
But I know he wishes he could be,
Since this is such a special day.
And though you cannot meet him,
I wanted you to know.
All about my daddy,
And how much he loves me so.
He loved to tell me stories
He taught me to ride my bike.
He surprised me with pink roses,
And taught me to fly a kite.
We used to share fudge sundaes,
And ice cream in a cone.
And though you cannot see him,
I'm not standing here alone.
"Cause my daddy's always with me,
Even though we are apart
I know because he told me,
He'll forever be in my heart"
With that, her little hand reached up,
And lay across her chest.
Feeling her own heartbeat,
Beneath her favorite dress.
And from somewhere in the crowd of dads,
Her mother stood in tears.
Proudly watching her daughter,
Who was wise beyond her years.
For she stood up for the love
Of a man not in her life.
Doing what was best for her,
Doing what was right.
And when she dropped her hand back down,
Staring straight into the crowd.
She finished with a voice so soft,
But its message clear and loud.
"I love my daddy very much,
He's my shining star.
And if he could, he'd be here,
But heaven's just too far.
You see he was a fireman
And died just this past year
When airplanes hit the towers
And taught Americans to fear.
But sometimes when I close my eyes,
It's like he never went away."
And then she closed her eyes,
And saw him there that day.
And to her mother's amazement,
She witnessed with surprise.
A room full of daddies and children,
All starting to close their eyes.
Who knows what they saw before them,
Who knows what they felt inside.
Perhaps for merely a second,
They saw him at her side.
"I know you're with me Daddy,"
To the silence she called out.
And what happened next made believers,
Of those once filled with doubt.
Not one in that room could explain it,
For each of their eyes had been closed.
But there on the desk beside her,
Was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose.
And a child was blessed, if only for a moment,
By the love of her shining bright star.
And given the gift of believing,
That heaven is never too farTimothy Hucksoll
06-10-2002, 11:05 AM #2
- Join Date
- Sep 2001
- No. Providence R.I. : Land of the "How ya doins"
This was posted about 2 months ago. Still brings a tear to the eye though. Thanks for posting it again."I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we know the work which a fireman has to do believe that his is a noble calling."
Edward F. Croker
Fire Dept. City of New York
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06-10-2002, 10:21 PM #3
- Join Date
- Feb 2001
- Stillwater OK
If you make the decision to Go to OSU in Oklahoma City please do not give the false impression that you are an OSU student. My degree means a lot to me not to be cheapened by those who attend cheapened knock off classes. If you want to Claim a Degree from OSU come to stillwater and do it, other wise dont use our schools name please.
Patrick Dunn (02)let me know if im not clear
06-11-2002, 05:10 AM #4
Okay, PatDunn, I am confused for a couple of reasons:
1. What does your comment (which was sort of rude and out of place) have to do with the topic of this thread???
2. Who are you? The dean at OSU? How do you know this person didn't go to OSU? If I said I went to NYU, how would you know whether or not I did or didn't? And why would you waste your time caring? Maybe OSU-emt's screen name simply indicates that he is a fan of OSU.
I don't mean to be disrespectful. I just was thrown off, reading a nice heartfelt poem and then somebody starts a debate about whether or not someone is actually going to school where they say they are. Maybe you have some beef with this person--as suggested in other posts, it might be a good idea to work it out in a private message rather than nitpicking over petty issues in a public venue.Jen, EMT-B
"I got lost in thought...it was unfamiliar territory."
"I love mankind--it's people I can't stand" --Linus
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