Daddy's Day

      Her hair 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, on this Daddy's Day
      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 were 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 at her friends
      And looked back at her teacher, who told her to begin
      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 with me on this 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 all alone
      'Cause my daddy's always with me, even though we are apart
      I know because he told me, he'll forever be here 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,
      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 placed on her desktop, was a beautiful fragrant pink rose
      And a child was blessed, if only a moment, by the love of her shining bright star.
      And given the gift of believing, that heaven is never too far.

Written by Cheryl Costello-Forshey-copyright 2000

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