I wrote this poem, in honor of my Dad, and read it at his memorial service. He passed away on October 27th, 2003. He was so much to so many. He was my knight in shining armor, and I miss him so. My Mom says, he was the architect of our lives. And he was. Fall has always been my very favorite time of the year. But with fall's arrival, it brings the painful memories of losing my Dad. I am beginning to enjoy this season again. It is bittersweet. He is never far from my thoughts, and always in my heart.
PS His nickname for me was "Mouse."
These hands that held my bottle
And rocked me in the night
When I was just a baby
These hands would hold me tight
Hands that spanked my bum
When I was acting naughty
Then wiped the tears from my cheeks
And hugged me to his body
My little hand, fit snug inside
His hand so big and warm
That helped me safely cross the street
To keep me safe from harm
I see his hands, as they open the door
To come into the kitchen
He kisses my Mom
Says "How was your day?"
"What smells so good, is that dinner you're fixing?"
A hand that shook his finger in warning
When we would get rowdy and loud
And the loving hand that patted our back
That told us that he was proud
The hand of generosity,
That taught us so much about giving
The example he set for each one of us
To pay if forward here on earth while we're living
Hands that held me up
Steady and strong, in times of heartache and sorrow
Hands that embraced me, and hugged me so close
And made me excited for every tomorrow
These hands had so much they wanted to do
And so much that they'd already done
They did them with wisdom, humility and grace
This father...this husband....this brother...this son
These hands that I held, through darkness and light
While my heart was heavy with grieving
These hands said to me, "Don't you worry my Mouse"
"Don't cry, I'm really not leaving"
For I am still here, I'll live in your heart
And remind you in each day that is passing
That we have been blessed, this family of ours,
And our love will be everlasting
Written with love for my Dad, October 30, 03