Sunday, October 27, 2013

Dad, We Miss You SO!

Good morning.  Ten years ago today, my Dad left his earthly home.  For ten years we have missed him terribly.   He left us with a lifetime of wonderful memories.  His love for us was huge, and so was ours for him.  We were blessed beyond measure to have had him.  He was truly, a great man.  I wrote this poem and read it at his memorial.  I have never shared it  again.  But today, I will share it here, as we spend today with family, remembering the finest man I have ever known.  Rest easy Daddy.  I will see you again.

                                                                THESE HANDS

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 bottom
When I was acting naughty
Then wiped the tears rolling down my cheeks
And hugged me to his body

My little hand, fit snug inside
His hand so big and warm
He helped me safely across the street
To keep me safe from harm

I see his hands, as they open the door
To come into the kitchen
He kisses 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 too loud
And the loving hand that patted our back
That told us he was proud

The hand of generosity
He taught us so much about giving
The example he set for each one of us
To pay it forward here on earth while we're living

Hands that held me, steady and strong
In times of heartache and sorrow
Hands that embraced me, hugged me close
Made me look forward to every tomorrow

These hands had so much they wanted to do
So much they had already done
They did them with wisdom, humility and grace
This Father, this Husband, this Brother and Son

These hands that I held, through darkness and light
With a heart that was heavy with grieving
These hands said to me, "Don't 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
With a love that will be everlasting

October 27, 2003
By Kristy

25 comments:

Holly said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Daddy. I know how much you miss him.

Grayseasailor said...

Thanks for sharing your loving relationship with your dad with us, Kris. It is a blessing to know him through your reflections of him.
As you are celebrating his life, I am celebrating the life of my new Grand, Rose, who was born last night. I am so grateful and excited about her safe arrival!
Sending you love with hugs,
Gracie xx

Poppy said...

A beautifully composed poem for your sweet father, Kris. Reading it, your love, respect, admiration and adoration for him, can be strongly felt. A wonderful and sensitive tribute for a greatly missed and loved daddy.

Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

xo
Poppy

From the Kitchen said...

What a wonderful tribute to a very special man. My own father passed away on Father's Day fifteen years ago. I still have a hard time passing up cards on that day and I always think about him when I see a golf sweater to buy for him. What sweet memories we have.

Best,
Bonnie

Linda said...

Well...as I wipe my eyes here...
What a lovely tribute...
To and obviously...
Much beloved father,husband,grandfather...
Thinking of you today, dear friend...♥

Linda :o)

Gloria Baker said...

What lovely tribute to your dad; oh dear I think we alwsys miss our dearest.. Hugs!

Nana Go-Go said...

Your posts do make me cry. Blessings to you - Dads are everything. x

Susanne said...

This is beautiful, it had me in tears. I know these past 2-3 years especially (and several more for you) have seen a lot of heartache in the loss of loved ones and friends by both of us. I am sure that you, as with me, not a day goes by that we are not thinking of and missing terribly these loved ones who are still so dear to us. I cry every day. Today Hospice called me to see how I am doing. I told her I miss him terribly and she said it has been 9 years since her husband passed away and not a day goes by that she doesn't miss and think of him. So my friend, how blessed we are for the family we still can hold in our arms and for the ones we will always hold so dear in our hearts. Some people are not that lucky to be loved by the kind of people God gave us.
(((HUGS))) Susanne ♥

Patty from Lemon Lane said...

What a beautiful tribute Kris. So happy you were together to remember, I know it helps.

Mereknits said...

Kris, you are so talented, and your love for your wonderful Father is felt in each word you wrote.
Sending yo a special hug today.
Meredith

Deb~in~Denver said...

Oh, Kris, what a beautiful tribute. These anniversaries are tough but made a bit easier by celebrating the life and love you shared with your Dad. He must have been an amazing Dad to have raised such a warm, loving daughter. Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

Love & hugs,
Deb

Grammy Staffy said...

What a lovely poem and tribute to your dad... and what a tearjerker. It is beautiful. I know that families are forever and you will see your dad again. You told me that you have felt him near to you. I'm sure that our loved ones are still close to us.... loving us and watching over us.

Have a happy week. Hugs, Lura

Teresa Kasner said...

Wow, Kris.. you wrote a wonderful poem in honor of your dad! I'm impressed.. but I always am with you - I think you're a magnificent woman. Thank you for sharing. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Betsy said...

That is a beautiful tribute to a loving dad Kris. I can sense the love in each word. Such a gift you have. Thank you for including us in your memories of him.
Blessings,
Betsy

Taciana Simmons said...

My dear friend Kris, I can feel your love for your dad in very word of your poem and can say confidently that through you he continues to live. He seems like a wonderful man and you are so blessed he was in your life.
My dad also passed away on October 4 years ago and I know how you feel because I miss my dad everyday.
Today, I pray that you feel peaceful as you miss your dad here knowing that you will someday meet him again.
Beautiful tribute my friend.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your poem is a wonderful r=tribute to your father and his love for his family, Kris, and your love for him!

I lost my father in a terrible tragedy when I was in my late teens. There is not a day I don't miss him, but I do know he is near me in spirit.

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh Kris I'm balling. That is so wonderfully sweet. I feel the same about my dear daddy.

Debbie said...

Such sweet heartfelt words about your wonderful daddy! HUGS to you!

priscilla said...

Great post Kris .. I am sure your Dad is so proud of you ! Beautiful poem !
Big hugs :)

Val said...

Kris this is such a beautiful post. My dad died 13 years ago he was 55 and today would have been his 68th birthday. This post made me day brighter, Thank you.

Pam said...

Beautiful! You are so talented - that is an excellent poem. It shows how much you loved and respected your dad.

Melissa C said...

You are quite the writer Kris, so blessed. How wonderful that you had all these fond memories, Daddy's sure can be huge in our lives.
I just met mine again about 1.5 years ago, after about 23 years of separation. God is to thank for our reunion!

Blessings to you Kris, I'm not sure that we ever forget such tender times. Hold dear that you will again see him!

corners of my life said...

Such a lovely tribute to your dad.
Thanks for sharing.

Jann Olson said...

Oh my gosh Kris, I have tears in my eyes! That poem is fabulous! Went straight to the heart. Made me totally know your dad.
hugs,
Jann

Tania @ Out Back said...

Kris that poem is so beautiful :)