Thank You, Dad

When other girls were tied to moms, I was by your side,

knowing you were always there, to nurture and to guide.

I ate my Wheaties every day, just like you said to do,

so I would be just like the one, I always looked up to.


Because I felt so special, each and every day,

It didn’t really matter, what others had to say.

You told me not to feel ashamed, to hold my head up high,

Not to ever let them think, they had made me cry.


I did not know what envy was, for I had not been taught,

to covet things of others, things that they had bought.

Some would never understand, the heart God gave to me,

a heart for other people, a heart not just for me.


You watched me when I turned sixteen, and went on my first date,

met me at the door as planned, though the hour was late.

Only you could understand, it wasn’t on my list,

even though I liked the boy, I didn’t want to kiss.


Because of my potential, you pushed me all the way,

to get me to the finish line, and without delay.

You could not know the detours, that my life would take,

all because I would make mistake, upon mistake.


The things you’ve taught I’ll never lose, for they’ve become my own,

all the wisdom that you gave, all the seeds you’ve sown.

They did not fall on barren ground, or ears that could not hear,

instead I’ve given them away, to all whom I hold dear.


Thank you for the love you gave, that made me strong and sure,

a love that taught me right from wrong, and helped me to endure.

I hope when all is said and done, my children will agree,

That I was as great a parent to them, as you were always to me.


Thanks Dad, I love you! (My father died in 1979)

Dance With My Father-Luther Vandross

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writeronline 5 years ago

Very nice work, Sylvia (imho). It's interesting, quite a few of us have published Hubs about our fathers. (I found that out when I wrote a tribute to my own Dad, and received comments from several people who'd done the same thing.) That's something I enjoy about HubPages; you literally can write about whatever you like, get 'published' and share your thoughts and feelings.

In this piece, your thoughts and feelings come through loud and clear - by the sounds of it, just as your Dad would have expected from you. Up and beautiful, to me.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

This really touched me, Sylvia. I adored and miss my dad very much. I think of him everyday. I do feel him near me. He was a man of few words, but his words mattered. He was the epitome of "actions speak louder than words" and lived the phrase "random acts of kindness". I love the fact that you shared the feeling you weren't ready to engage in a kiss with your date and worked out a solution between the two of you...a true act of love. I remember a big snowstorm that hit before my dad had to leave for the night shift at Anheuser-Busch. He went outside and started shoveling so he'd be able to get to work. I came out shortly after and took up a shovel to help him. We didn't say a word, just worked until it was done. It was something he would have done for anyone who needed a hand and I felt very bonded to him with that act. I knew dad recognized the fact I had learned lessons in caring from him. Funny thing, I don't remember even feeling the cold.

I love your direct, powerful writing style. It reminds me of my dad.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Sylvia I am a daddy who has two estranged daughters. I wish they would have an opportunity to read words like this from a girl who loved her dad. It's very sad for me knowing they are there yet so far from wanting to reach out to their dad.

I pray that all girls/ladies never lose or give up the love of their dad or for that matter either parent. I miss my girls terribly and pray one day they come back into my life and not wait to long to find them standing over my grave in regret. Hugs to you, this was a brilliant piece, it brought a tear to this old Saddle's eye for sure..


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you writeronline! Sometimes it seems the older I get the more I miss him because I understand things he told so much more now.


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Yes, Amy, I was very close to my dad. Like your father, he was always will to help. And sometimes in the most astounding ways. He used to me, "Looks are deceiving. Be careful how you talk to people because you never know who you're talking to." He treated everyone the same. (He was the complete opposite of my mother) Yeah, I was a little slow with the boy thing. I liked them, had fun with them, (they sound like pets)just didn't want the rest right then and Dad understood (he was probably even happy). He was an avid reader and he instilled that in me. We read everything. I was the only kid with a subscription to the Wall Street Journal! LOL We would read together for hours. I'm so glad you have similar memories. About my writing style, that's Dad. He was very frank and so am I.


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SEO IT! 5 years ago from Tucson, AZ

This brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful.


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you for your kind words saddlerider1. Your comment breaks my heart. I do not know what caused the estrangement but I hope your relationship will mended for all of you. I do know what you're going through(that's another hub I'll write at some point). A healthy relationship with their father is so important for girls. That's why, when I got divorced, I gave my ex open visitation. I did not restrict his access to the children. Sometimes it's been difficult and awkward for us, but it's benefited the children greatly, and that's what's important. I also pray that your daughters will realize that they not only need you, but love you as well.


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you SEO IT!


PenMePretty 5 years ago from Franklin

What an exceptional piece. Beautifully written and so much heart. Thanks for sharing your thoughts of Dad, with me.


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you so much PenMePretty! I'm glad it touched you!


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LadyFae 5 years ago from Under the Stars

Every now and then I read something that makes me cry and the tears won't stop. What a wonderful dedication Sylvia.


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you my Lady.


writeronline 5 years ago

Hi Sylvia, just to let you know, I was surprised when I rated this lovely piece Up and Beautiful the other day, that the ratings didn't immediately appear. I've been checking back, but they still don't show. (In fact, as I look at this, there are no ratings at all (?) I don't know how to fix it, so have asked the question..


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LadyFae 5 years ago from Under the Stars

Hey, talk about ratings. I rated beautiful and awesome and indeed, no signs of any.


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LadyFae 5 years ago from Under the Stars

I just rated beautiful and awesome again and they showed up. I then refreshed the page and now they're gone again. Odd.


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California Author

I know, no one's ratings are showing in this hub. I don't know what to do. I've tried looking in the forums, to no avail. I've just sent HP an email. See it that works.


ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

Oh, oh, oh. This made me cry. You've done your job well. My dad died in '98, and your poem just touched my heart, as my dad meant the world to me, too. We were blessed to have such wonderful dads, weren't we? Beautiful job!


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Oh, thank you so much EHQ! I'm so glad you had a wonderful relationship with your dad. We WERE truly blessed!


writeronline 5 years ago

Hi Sylvia, I've just come back for another read, prompted by your reading and commenting on my marriage hub, and that in turn leading me to revisit the hub I wrote about my own Dad; because, in the same way as you write so clearly here, nothing would make me prouder than to pass onto my sons the values my Dad gave to me.

The line between what's in your heart and what's in this hub is as clear and strong on the second reading, as the first. (imho)


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks again, writeronline. What can I say, I really, really, really loved my father.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Sylivia, what a beautiful poem written from the heart, I love the first line, I can relate to that, I use to follow my Dad around like a shadow, he was such an active man, now sadly he has had several strokes, I am sure your Dad would be very proud of you, thank you for sharing.


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you MM! I'm sorry to hear about your dad. My dad had a couple of bad strokes as well. Yeah, it was like there was like this giant velcro strip that kept me always with him! LOL

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