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 then 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
    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 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.

[ by Sarah Scott, Copyright 2000 -- from 'themestream' ]


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