How thankful I am to have a dad.. and all that you’ve done for me.
You know my three children well.. their ages are 17, 10, and 7.
Kristen’s the oldest, and the there’s Dawn, and last, but not, least, is Kevin.
My wife and my children are my greatest blessings, but let me brag about you, dad.
You’ve always been there for me, my brothers, sisters, mom, and I’m glad.
While we grew up, you worked several jobs, ’cause you felt you had to do it.
We had what we needed and sometimes more- we just asked and you saw to it.
I remember days you worked late, we knew you were home by the squeal of car brakes without fail.
Your arrival was usually good news, unless you had too spank my tail!
Dad, you seemed to never miss church on Sunday…no matter what you did on Saturday night.
You said making time for parties and fun…and denying God was not right.
Dad, you could fix anything… plumbing, electrical, the car, if we’d holler…
I knew you were smart, and you taught yourself, while trying to save a dollar.
You liked to sit out on our steps… and watch the changing neighborhood.
You made your point of speaking to children and encouraging them to do good.
If we were walking and you saw a weed in the sidewalk… you’d go back…
You always told me to pull it out… because, after winter, it would leave a crack.
You graduated high school but once you told me you wished you had gone on to college.
Instead, you earned a Ph.D in common sense... the best kind of knowledge.
I’ll admit, I took you for granted while growing up… you were always there.
And I was surprised when my friends would tell me they had no dad who cares..
It was hard to believe that a man would make a baby… and simply leave…
but it’s happening every day… as more and more unmarried couples conceive.
I’m just glad my dad stayed around… your example showed me the way.
I love you dad… and I want to say- thank you on this Father’s Day.
I guess the best way to show my thanks to a very special man…
is by using your example, and working hard,
to be the best DAD I can.”
(C) 2004 Don Roberts, from the book, HEY DADDY READ THIS, IUniverse Publishing.