Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Poem For You, Dad

This is the 3rd year anniversary of my dad's death. It is getting easier but I still miss him and wish things had been a bit different.

I love that you made so many things for me
And that today many of them in my house I see.

I love that you let me mess up your black hair.
I hate that it turned gray and isn’t there!

I love you giving me piggy back rides.
But oh, I hate how fast the time flies.

I love that you were so nice to my friends.
Even though you wished the noisy parties would end.

I love that you accepted my husband, Gerard,
Even though he finds making and fixing things hard.

I love that you took in all those cats,
Loving them in spite of their elusive acts.

I love that you helped me complete my projects,
Whether in science, Awana, paintings or other objects.

I love that you were so protective, driving us all over the place,
Although at the time I preferred to ride with someone with a different face.

I love how you planned fun family outings,
Including my friend coming along with us always!

I love the pictures of when we were younger,
But also sweet memories of us growing older.

I love you were able to make or fix anything—just great!
Even eager to learn the computer at age 88.

I love that you were honest, generous, and kind,
Helping others without charge, paying no mind.

I love how you took care of mom when she was sick.
Insisting that by her side you would stick!

I love that you were self-sufficient to the end,
But hate that I found you in the bathroom dead.

I love that you didn’t have to go to a nursing home to die,
But hate that you died all alone without me close by.

I want you to know long ago I decided if I ever did have a boy,
I would name him Harry!

I hate that you’re gone, and still miss you terribly!

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Denise said...

Stopping by from SITS to say HI! I have made a promise to myself to visit and comment on all blogs posted to spread the love!

jude8753 said...

What a nice poem for Harry and it was very touching.I'm so glad you had him for such a long time and he was a good man. I vaguely remember mine, but the memories I do have were of a mean man.

Nezzy said...

What a wonderful poem and tribute to you dad. I know he is smiling! This Ozarks farm chick lost her precious FIL several years ago, he was near and dear to this old gals heart.

Have a wonderfully blessed day from the hills and hollers of the Missouri Ponderosa!!!

Nikita said...

A wonderful poem, and a great photo oh him with the Cat!

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Ruthi said...

I love this poem. Now I miss my Dad. Thanks for sharing.

Kerry said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog via Mama Kat. Sweet poem to your dad. :)

LC David said...

Nice poem for dad...
Thank you for sharing this poem to us....
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Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

Denise: Thanks for stopping by!

Jude: I feel very blessed to have had such a great father and for as long as I did. Sorry you don't have good memories of your dad. That's very sad. Hope you are enjoying my book!

Nezzy: Sorry for your loss. Hope you have a nice day in the hills and hollers of the Missouri Ponderosa! So cute!

Nikita: I wish I had more pictures of him with his cats. They loved him so much and he was so cute with them. I named them for him, he just always called them kitty.

Ruthi: Sorry if I made you sad, didn't mean to.

Kerry: Thanks for coming by.

LC David: Glad you stopped by and took time to coment.

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

what a wonderful poem for your Dad!
Stopping by from SITS!!

Elizabeth Patch said...

thanks for stopping by my blog and helping make my SITS feature day special! that is such a touching post about your father, he sounds like a very special man indeed

Christian Mommy Writer said...

I bet your dad would love your poem. There is a special relationship between fathers and daughters. It's great that you have good memories to comfort you during your time of loss.

Lin said...

Your dad sounds like he was great, Karen. I love how your remember so many nice things about him and write it all down. You were lucky to have each other. :)

Mrs4444 said...

Sounds like he was a real sweetheart. I'm happy for you; that you had a dad like that and that you appreciated him :)

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