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    by Cheryl Costello-Forshey

    Her hair was up in a pony tail,
    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 formerely 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 far
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    OK...I guess it was more emotional to make her dad one of the firefighters who died in the WTC attacks than if he had simply been one of the thousands of office workers who were there at work trying to make a living. I wonder if it was written by someone as part of grief therapy. Well, what ever helps you sleep at night.

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    Well, what ever helps you sleep at night.
    What is your problem??
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    Resq look at his avatar..........."Millitant Athiest" aka someone with a bug up there butt and a gun. That should explain it.
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    stm4710:

    I was wondering why I found myself questioning most of this guys stuff. Now I know. Thanks for shedding the light.
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    Well that was rude to say the least...



    i think it was a good poem... hotboy where did u find this?
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    Thumbs up very touching

    I usually don't bother reading those kinds of "stories", but I thought that was an excellent read, thanks hotboy. Cellblock, what can I say, comin from you those comments don't surprise me.

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    Originally posted by WannabeintheFD
    Well that was rude to say the least...



    i think it was a good poem... hotboy where did u find this?
    A friend of my cousin wrote the poem, her husband was the firefighter in NY. The little girl is her daughter. The poem was published in the New York Post in Sept 2003.

    cellblock776(prisoner) keep you uninvited replies to yourself. Put me on your ignor list. I showed the poem to my company they put it on the wall. This poem was not intended for discussion, you have serious character defects that are diverting you to be real man. Your not a firefighter either. Are you? no
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    Brother, everyone but Cellblock likes it.

    Cellblock, to answer your reply, a lot of people still have grief, and maybe writing gives some relief. People that attempt to deface the sacrifice of so many and belittle the grief of others may have some of those emotional issues themselves. I'm reminded of some quotes by someone very near and dear to us in our history:

    "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it." The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume III, "Letter To Henry L. Pierce and Others" (April 6, 1859), p. 376.

    "...that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863.

    And on something that relates to terrorism:

    "At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume I, "Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum,of Springfield, Illinois (January 27, 1838), p. 109.

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    cellblock776(prisoner) keep you uninvited replies to yourself. Put me on your ignor list. I showed the poem to my company they put it on the wall. This poem was not intended for discussion, you have serious character defects that are diverting you to be real man. Your not a firefighter either. Are you? no
    You post something on these forums, you'd better be ready for it to be commented on. If you don't want it discussed, don't post it.

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    Would u want something like that attacked if you posted it here Nozzle?

    and cellblock thats just freaking rude

    Its a good peom, very touching, especially knowing the fact that it was actually written by someone that truely was griving and not someone just wanting glory.... Which seems to be odd now adays.

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    cellblock776(prisoner) keep you uninvited replies to yourself. Put me on your ignor list. I showed the poem to my company they put it on the wall. This poem was not intended for discussion, you have serious character defects that are diverting you to be real man. Your not a firefighter either. Are you? no
    Anything posted is subject to comments. You may not be happy with every point of view.
    Why did you feel it necessary to put the word PRISONER behind my forum name, Hotboy? What kind of name is Hotboy? Sounds like the names used by the swishy types in the Medium Security Units I patroled. Peaches, Cupcake, Sunshine, Thunderpussy, Precious and Hotboy get to be segregated in their own section to avoid any sexual activities.
    What makes you think I'm not a firefighter? I've been a volunteer with my Department since 1997 and have worked both parttime and, for a little more than a year, fulltime. I am 1 of only 4 Firefighters in my FD with FF1 Certifications and 1 of 2 with NREMT-B.
    I don't have to add you to my ignore list. Feel free to add me to yours.
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    Originally posted by Cellblock776

    What makes you think I'm not a firefighter? I've been a volunteer with my Department since 1997 and have worked both parttime and, for a little more than a year, fulltime. I am 1 of only 4 Firefighters in my FD with FF1 Certifications and 1 of 2 with NREMT-B.
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    This makes you special how again?
    Hotboy seems to have problems accepting the idea that I'm a firefighter.
    I didn't claim to be special but it does make me a firefighter. But now that you mention it, I do feel pretty special.

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    Lightbulb in your own words Mr. Cellblock

    ....whatever helps you sleep at night.

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    Originally posted by Cellblock776

    Hotboy seems to have problems accepting the idea that I'm a firefighter.
    I didn't claim to be special but it does make me a firefighter. But now that you mention it, I do feel pretty special.

    . I wonder if it was written by someone as part of grief therapy. Well, what ever helps you sleep at night.


    I've been a firefighter for 21 yrs. Your still wet behind the ears.
    those ff courses you have. We call them (basics). You need to get the rest of your little crew and get some real training. I just wanted to share that with my fellow brothers and thats what we are. I'am not here to cause trouble,but you need a reality check. We have love,compassion, and sympathy towards each other. When one of us dies whether its LODD or not our unselfish like conduct is expressed how ever we can. We're not militant athiest who dont care about others.
    This happened to be a freind of a relative of mine who wrote this. Your words displayed disrepect to the wife of a fellow firefighter.
    Hotboy is a term we use in my area for task crew firefighters. We get in, knock sh*t down and get out. We dont play. Give yourself a favor and grow up. Firefighting is for men.
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    Hotboy,

    I think it's a great poem, but the friend of your cousin is guilty of plaigarism and copyright infringement if they're claiming it's their work. The true author's name is Cheryl Costello-Forshey, and she copyrighted the poem in the year 2000; 1 year before the 9/11 tragedy. Better yet, let me just paste this......

    http://9x9.cloh.org/departments/pare...at-school.html
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    Originally posted by Stick533
    Hotboy,

    I think it's a great poem, but the friend of your cousin is guilty of plaigarism and copyright infringement if they're claiming it's their work. The true author's name is Cheryl Costello-Forshey, and she copyrighted the poem in the year 2000; 1 year before the 9/11 tragedy. Better yet, let me just paste this......

    http://9x9.cloh.org/departments/pare...at-school.html
    thanks for the info. I'll send this to my cousin.
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    No problem. The only way I knew this was because my bad memory seems to recall this poem being a topic of discussion here before.
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    Everybody manages a loss of a loved one in his own way.
    If poems help, so be it, this should not be open for discussion or criticism.
    It is to be respected.
    Maybe this poem wasn't about a firefighter, so what. Its a great poem.
    It helps this girl to deal with her loss.
    Perhaps it can help others who lost a loved one too.
    I have the lyrics of Springsteens "Your missing" in my wallet, and although I know the words, I still read it everyday.
    Call it therapy, call it whatever you want, and when it helps to make you sleep at night it's even better.
    Cellblock, imagine this : a 4 year old boy is crying about the loss of his mom.
    Could you pat him on the shoulder and say : "Whatever helps you sleep at night" and walk away ?
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    Zippo.

    Kia Kaha Brother.
    (New Zealand Maori for "Be Strong Brother")

    A warriors greeting to the warrior from the place that has my countries namesake, after Able Tasman, the navigator.

    try finding zeeland on the Atlas.
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    Kiwi,
    I'll take this greeting as an honor.
    I found Zeeland twice, there is one just 10 klicks from here.
    But that is not the one youre talking about, I guess
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    Dude..You're going to give atheists a bad name...er...
    May we never forget our fallen, worldwide.

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    Thanks, Stayback. What would I do without you? I've been totally lost since you've been gone.

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    Oh my God...I'm sorry to hear that.
    May we never forget our fallen, worldwide.

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