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Daddy it’s My Birthday

Updated on June 19, 2013
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Says the little one


I really want to see you

Can you come?

It’s just not a party

Without you daddy

I am a year older

He cried!

As he sat there

With tears in his eyes

A lump in his throat

‘Daddy can you come’




Holding on to his baseball mitt

Looking into the night

Remembering a time

When dad was around

Then the day when he was not

Leaving him behind

Was so hurtful unkind

What did he do?

To make his daddy

Hate him so




He is just a little one

So tried and true

Just wanting his daddy

He is so blue

It’s his birthday

So alone is he

‘Daddy oh daddy why did you leave’

‘Was it me?’




Little Charlie just couldn’t understand

Why he had to be so cold

His little heart seemed so dull


Daddy why did you leave me?

Was he not good enough?

'Daddy

Do you remember the day?

You took me fishing?

We seemed so happy

That eventful day

The sky was so blue

And merry too

The fish were jumping

Onto our boat it seemed

We laughed until we cried'




'Those were the days

I remember so well

I am ten years old now

It doesn’t seem much

Of a birthday without

You here'

He sighed



'Mom cries a lot

So do I!

Daddy don’t you love us anymore?

It’s my birthday

I miss you so

It’s just not the same

Without you near

Can you love me?

Just one more time

Take me with you

On a trip or two

Or the movies we could go

Just come one more time

Please do!

Daddy I love you so!'


I was sitting at a restaurant tonight and at the table beside us was a little boy, it was his birthday. His grandma was there and his mom came in and his cousins sat down and his mom handed him the phone. He started telling his dad how much he missed him and asking him when he was going to come visit him and it just wasn’t his birthday without him.

It tugged at my heart. This sweet little boy telling his dad it just wasn’t his birthday without him.

God bless all the children without their parent or parents whatever the case may be.

By: Debbie Brooks

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Rayne123 thank you Laurie.. it is so sad the children get left behind.. many blessings

      Debbie

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      Rayne123 4 years ago

      This is so sweet and heartfelt.

      The thing is when something is going on in our lives (the parents) we leave the children aside. We take it for granted that they will accept this.

      However on the inside they are crying and hiding their true feelings for the fact that if they mention their feelings, show their emotions the parent/s may get upset.

      The children love their parents regardless and feel anything they may say/ do is always right and perfect, because that is what we teach them as parents to some point.

      Hence why some children would feel that expressing their feelings would be wrong because the parents do not discuss this part of their lives. (the not so good parts)

      Ah they say, the kids are fine, but they are not fine, they hide behind a mask and withdraw from their life. We just do not see it because we are too busy with our own faults. So they tend to be tossed aside.

      Sometimes the parents do and act differently around their children as opposed to the way they are with others. They tend to live behind a facade when it comes to problems within the family.

      Meanwhile the children are going through a rebellious stage and then we wonder why they are like this, could it be just the teen years (which we all know happens, part of being a teen) or is it really an emotion they cannot cope with at that time in their not so perfect life, that they lived to believe was always perfect.

      I was reading something in the bible, (a story to go with a beautiful picture) and this dad was talking about how he does his best to keep his family close and allows his children to see them at their worst and good moments.

      He allows the children to know its ok to be wrong or not perfect, so they dont go out into the world disillusioned.

      Some children have such an unstable home, but yet in trying to please their parents they hide their own sadness.

      All the money, friends, text messages, clothes in the world is not going to fill that void.

      Once again great hub

      Laurie

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Ushnav thank you.. it really upset me when I saw the little boy wanting to come to see him on his birthday.. so sad.

      blessings

      Debbie

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      Ushnav Shroff 4 years ago from INDIA

      This touched my heart like nothing else did. Your hubs have great descriptive force in them that one can easily imagine going through the whole situation of the hub. Kudos! :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      thank you Nellieanna.. bless you

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Debbie - this is a perfect vignette capturing the essence of the whole tragic loss for both a child and an estranged parent, however it was engendered. As Vincent mentioned in his comment, such a situation can even be the result of one parent's bitterness or meanness, as well as his or her willingness to sacrifice a child's mother or father for him in order to gratify that selfish bitterness, without regard for the tenderest feelings and losses involved - that child who suffers all that.

      Your poem is heart-wrenchingly effective!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I am so sorry about what happened to you and your family.. My heart breaks for you

      my prayers are with you.

      thank you for visiting and commenting

      Debbie

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      Unknown 4 years ago

      Shut up you do not care about it my mom and dad and my brothers and sisters all 10 of them died in the 2004 Tsunami when i was 11 years old and you don't give a shit about that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Rajan thank you and you are so right.. the poor children suffer

      many blessings my friend

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very moving poem, Debbie! When couples separate it is the child who faces the brunt of the shock. It is indeed a terrible experience to undergo getting separated from either parent and you bring out the pathos so very well in this poem.

      Just awesome, my poet friend.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      love you Jackie.. God bless you my friend

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is so heartbreaking. So many kids I have known with parents who don't really want to know them or love them and we just cannot force them to. I know we wish we could. Their children lose their childhood and I always think of the scripture of the milestone around the neck and tossed into the sea. If they only knew.

      God bless you Debbie. We love you.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Beckye hey girlfriend

      so good to see you when I saw that little boy my heart just broke for him.. all he wanted for his birthday was his daddy..

      Livingsta

      so nice to meet you and thank you for the follow.. I will come and visit your work.

      many blessings to you both

      Debbie

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is so beautifully written. Can feel the pain of the boy here. Thank you for sharing!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Oh Debbie - You truly have a heart of gold. Telling the story of your witnessing this little boy without his Dad on his birthday and then penning the heartbreaking yet important poem is a soul turner.

      Excellent job

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Marlene.. I cant wait to meet you .. you are so awesome

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      This tugs at your heartstrings. A very touching piece. Voted up awesome! I can't wait to meet you:)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Teaches thank you that little boy touched my heart blessings to you

      Debbie

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I am touched by your share of the little boy at the table. I hate divorce and what it does to children. Such a beautiful poem and it truly hits at the heart. Voted up+++

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      hi rolly.. I agree.. I feel for the children.. blessings to you and thank you for sharing

      debbie

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Debbie... touching poem and a reminder to all the dads out there they have children waiting for them on those important days. A shame when I look around at so many children who are fatherless today.

      Thank you for sharing this with us... you are such a heartfelt writer... this is a share poem... wow

      Hugs and blessings

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      SiberianWolf thank you nice to see you

      blessings

      Debbie

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      Eric T. Shortridge 4 years ago from MidWest

      Wow, this is so touching... deep, and heartfelt...

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      CrisSp

      KJ

      Martin

      Sue..

      I thank you all for visiting and commenting.. it is so sad about the children

      bless you all

      hugs

      Debbie

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Debbie,

      Heart breaking. I just want to give that little boy a hug.

      Voted up and sharing

      Take care :)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this wonderful expression. You can see my problem, being born on Christmas.

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      Deborah Brooks...You really hit home with this one....this is not an easy thing to explain to a child..but..with lots love , nurturing and time the wounds will heal..and the child turned adult will be the best parent/grandparent there is...spoken from experience...awesome words..

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      You have captured here the very essence of having both parents in any occasion or even without a special one.

      What a very delicate and sad poem for the little boy yet oh so true for those who are in the same shoes. I love your sensibility around you.

      Love from the sky~

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Ruchira thank you for voting up and so good to see you my friend

      Maria.. thank you for voting up you are so awesome

      Blessings to you both

      Debbie

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh Vincent.. my poet friend.. I know you had it so rough as a child.. and it has affected you.. you are a great man and I know you love your children same with me.. I have boys and they are my life.

      we want what s best for them.. so sorry life has to be so cruel so times so many times''

      many blessings to you my friend

      Debbie

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      A sad commentary relayed in a heartbreakingly real manner...

      Voted UP and ABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Debbie, you captured the moment in your poem beautifully.

      mom and dad are pre-requistes for a happy childhood of another soul.

      voted up as beautiful

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      This poem hit home with me as well my fine poet. I grew up without a father and it hurt me emotionally. I wanted to do so many things little boys and dads do together and it was never to be. I didn't meet my dad until I was 23, my boyhood lost behind me, it has affected me to this day. I try to spend as much time as I can with my son, he is now 19 and he calls me Dad, visits me and we have great conversations together. I am so thankful for him. No children should be without the love of both parents and visits, yet through divorce, it can get ugly and one of the parents can ruin a relationship very quickly by being so bitter. I suffered from that very thing.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Thank you Daisy.. nice to see you

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Debbie,

      Thanks for writing this very emotional poem. I hope it will cause some parents to remember how important it is to be there for their young ones.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Laura I am so glad the poem makes people feel the child's pain bless you for commenting

      Debbie

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      Laura Tykarski 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Debbie your work always touches something deep in me. For that I thank you. The true poet takes what they see,hear,taste and experience then they put it into words inviting you along for the ride. Your work has always done that for me. I grew up with an absent father and I truly felt this boy's pain through your words.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Laurinzo. thank you for sharing my friend.. it was hard to write in between crying..

      bless you

      Debbie

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Faith.. it was so sad to hear this ... from this little.. boy.. my heart breaks for all children

      God Bless you my friend

      Debbie

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Very beautiful...and heartfelt my friend... I am definitely sharing this one... as I know how that can feel

      this is very moving Deborah... I nearly cried on this rainy day reading this one...

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      All children must know in their hearts their parents truly love them no matter the situation. It's the children that really get to me, as they are the innocent ones, just wanting to be loved. This is a harsh reality, and I know when one sees it or hears it in person, it just rips one's heart out; I know, especially for you dearest Debbie.

      Voted up ++ and sharing.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Brave warrior

      Sunnie

      xstatic

      this subject hits home for so many people for one way or the other.. it does me.. but whenever I see a little one crying out for a parent my heart breaks even more

      God bless you all my dears.

      Debbie

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Leslie my dear.. I know this hits close to home for you brings back so many memories.. many blessings to you.. you are one of the strongest people I know.. love you girlfriend

      Debbie

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      girishpur

      Gypsy

      Ghaelach

      this is a sad situation of course we never know the whole truth.. Divorces is a terrible thing and death is bad so bad but children although they long and want their parent will grow stronger..

      bless you all Debbie

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      This is very touching Debbie, and grabs me too. My parents separated when I was eight months old and my mother moved the two of us to another town a short distance away. He came over when he could on weekends, but I definitely recall a lot of times he did not, and how hard it was wen he left to go back.

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Yes Debbie this was one tear jerker and sadly too many children are without their daddy's either by choice, maybe a horrible divorce, or simply a military dad who so desperately wants to be home. I am like you, I am a people watcher and some times it is so hard to see some of the things we see ..Maybe this will touch a dads heart and he will make his way home.

      Thank you

      Sunnie

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bless his heart. Kids often get the muddy end of the stick in divorce; they just don't understand. The good news is they do get over once they are old enough. I went thru it with my son, although his dad was always there - birthdays included.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Sigh...yeah...an up close and personal look at the sad reality of life, divorce, and the collateral damage - KIDS!

      i am SO choked up, Deb- this had me almost sobbing - it hits soooo close to home..

      I can hear that little boys voice, see his eyes - and know his need and self-doubt..

      I love that you wrote this - people will FEEL it and maybe stop and think..

      a perfect poem, my friend!

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      Ghaelach 4 years ago

      Morning Deborah.

      This brought back memories, unfortunately sad memories of my divorse. I won't go into details, but as was mentioned it's always the children that suffer.

      As this little boy asked where was his daddy on his birthday, I used to think of my young five year old son on his birthday, not that I forgot my two older girls.

      My kids are in their 30's now and we have talked about those years and all three don't put the blame directly on me. Being older now they can understand the problems of married life as they are themselves married with families of their own.

      Take care Deborah and have a nice weekend.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      No life is perfect, the dad not being there for the boy is sad, he would remember that and be sad in his heart for awhile. thanks for sharing this hub.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Real touching and sweet. Too bad it's also a harsh reality. Loved this and passing it on. Hugs.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Can you come ?

      very true and very sad.

      Great hub, Debbie

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      btrbell

      lizaant

      thank you both so much.. I feel like this is a very important message

      blessings to you both debbie

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      One thing I always sat to parents fighting for their individual rights is that their children will need and want you BOTH at their wedding. Maybe I should change this to birthday. Thanks Debbie.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Very true and very sad. Thank you for putting this important message in a beautiful poem

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Thank you Will

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Anyone who says the children are OK with a divorce probably did not bother to actually ask the children.

      Great Hub, Debbie.