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I Love You Daddy ~ Every Day of the Year

Updated on June 29, 2013

Of all the men I’ve ever met

None of them made me forget.

What a man is supposed to be

One of many things you’ve taught me

How to love without trying

Drying tears when one's crying

How to love unconditionally

Loving, never selfishly

In all the things I’ve learned from you

I’ve learned to love and be loved too.

There might’ve been rough moments

All along the way

But always knew you loved me

Each and every day.

Times I thought you never cared

Those teenage years left you scared.

These are things I know today

Back then your words could not convey.

You didn’t want to hold me down

Just tried to protect my precious crown

Not a prisoner; but a princess in your eyes

Kept me from the most dangerous of guys.

I’m sorry for the days I resented

When my freedom was not consented

I was looking to be free

You were only protecting me.

Things a child cannot understand

When a dad holds out his hand

He offers it lovingly

Not letting go until ready.

I thought I knew what I needed

If not for you I’d be defeated

It’s thanks to you, I wasn’t cheated

Learning how a lady should be treated.

Of all the things you’ve done wrong

I’ve never seen you as less than strong

A human, a man, life before being dad

The things that shaped you, both good and bad

You couldn’t read it from a book

Or write your own ‘how-to’

But everything you’ve done as dad

Rewind the time, still hope you’d do!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yep, I have tears in my eyes. I miss my dad. :)

      Thanks, Cat. Now I'll walk around with blurred vision for a couple hours.

      Beautiful of course, like your dad's daughter.

      bill

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Billy,

      You made me laugh! I'm sorry your dad's gone, but what a heck of a job he did! You're a sweetheart and friend! I'll make sure to tell my daddy I love him twice today! Thanks Billy,

      Cat

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      Man of Strength 3 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Hi Cat,

      What a beautiful tribute to dear ol dad. I'm a father of two, so this hits home for me. Some deadbeats make it harder for good fathers. Thank you for showing us a little love. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Man of Strength and friend of mine ;-)

      Aw, thank you! Dad's are beautiful and so much differently than moms. My father was always pretty great but those teenage years it's easy to lose sight of that. Now, of course, I've got a boy and a girl that'll probably not love every minute of their adolescence with me.... lol I bet you're an awesome dad and you've got some really lucky kids!

      Thanks a lot!

      Cat

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Aw...what's with all the sweet, but nearly tear jerkers today? Beautiful, of course.

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      Hi, Cat! I loved this a lot. Father's Day lands on my birthday (tomorrow) so I know what I'm going to say to dad when he calls me. Awesome and beautiful as always!

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      mr-veg 3 years ago from Colorado United States

      Thats a lovely tribute Cat.. I love my Dad too ... I believe everyone does :) He is the Ultimate person who solves your problems isn't it ? Voted all the way up up and away....

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, what a lovely tribute which reflects so much of your lovely heart, dearest Cat!

      This stunner of a poem here, reminds me so much of my dad too. He certainly was far from being a "perfect" dad, but he was there when it really counted. I, too, remember those teenage years, and really hating him for running off "those" guys I thought were so cool. If he were alive this day, I would tell him a big "Thank You!" no doubt.

      Voted up, beautiful and awesome and sharing, of course!

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Cat

      Aren't you lucky?

      Yours Sincerely,

      R.Q.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      shanmarie,

      Ha ha ha! I’ve read about toast, loss of limb, music icons… then I was gone for the day. If I follow your path now that I have time to be on here… I’ll probably spend the night crying :D

      Thanks sis!

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      writinglover,

      Aw, thank you! Yes, I do remember you saying you’re birthday was the 16th right? Is your midnight my midnight? Sharing your birthday with your father on Father’s Day… that doesn’t happen too often does it? Thanks a bunch girly!

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      It’s mr-veg! Long time no see dear friend… I know, it works both ways ;-) … I will be your way as soon as possible! I might not have thought I had the ‘world’s best dad’ when I was a teenager, but not everyone has a dad like I did and I am grateful. Thanks buddy, I really appreciate it!

      Cat

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Faith Reaper,

      Thank you so much sweet beautiful woman! I had two brothers and they were both older, I used to get so frustrated that they seemed to have more freedoms then me; but now, I know why. My dad wasn’t the best dad always, but he always tried his best. I’m sure your dad knows how much you love and miss him and he must’ve done something right when he was here! :-)

      Thank you so much, I appreciate your always beautiful words!

      Hugs and love, Cat

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Romeos Quill,

      As time goes on, the more I realize just how lucky I am. Thanks!

      Yours Sincerely,

      Cat

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      Sorry Cat, but my midnight is would be your 1:00 A.M. Nevertheless, sharing a birthday on Father's Day is pretty cool! :D

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      So it's your birthday in my time zone an hour before it is in yours? Well, I'll just have to wish you happy birthday twice :D

      That is actually pretty awesome!!! You and your dad gonna exchange gifts? ha ha

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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      Well Cat ! Today you bring tears to a dads eyes ----everywhere ! I'd of been soo proud to be yours !.....He's a lucky ,lucky Dad !......Your bud , Ed

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      I guess you will have to say happy birthday twice. LOL! Thanks! Dad lives on the west coast so he's two hours behind me. We talk every now and then so that's a gift enough for me. :D

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Aw, writinglover, that was so sweet... you're such a selfless girl! I'm so happy I met you... you just keep gettin' better :D

      (By the time I'm done catching up on emails from being out most of the day, I'll be able to wish you a happy birthday in every time zone :D )

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Aw, Ed... you're a sweetheart! I didn't mean to make you cry... want me to call you daddy? :D

      I have no doubt in my mind that you could have this poem written for you a hundred times over. You are a beautiful man Ed and I'm honored to call you friend!

      Hugs,

      Cat

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Dearest Cat :Meow lol jk

      As you know any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad.Any girl needs a loving, available, father figure who can be counted on, whether divorced or at home. She needs his best paternal intentions, even if his efforts occasionally fall short. She needs his maturity and limit setting..someone from the opposite gender so that she can function with confidence in the wider world of adult love and work.For this reason I am against gay or lesb relationship.

      Lovely tribute to your father!Voted up

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      James,

      Now you've made me laugh twice tonight (meow)

      Hey, you and I both know there is a lot more involved in the whole parenting thing. I know you were gypped by your father, but doubly blessed my your mother as well. My father certainly had his imperfections, but he was there and especially after seeing and knowing how much the absence of a father can affect any child, even as an adult... I've realized how lucky and grateful I am. But boy oh boy... I was definitely not a particularly happy teenager; I saw my brother's coming and going more than I could ever dream of. But you know what? He probably saved me from a lot of pain and heartache... now I get to do that on my own accord as an adult and have no one to blame but myself :D

      You're awesome James; thank you so much for coming by and sharing. I'll be thinking of you tomorrow!

      Hugs and love,

      Cat

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Cutest Cat,

      When one has not had a good father, one must create one.You created yourself,so the only one you have to blame is your father-self lol it s the right thing to do hahaha

      Hugs and love,

      James

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      epigramman 3 years ago

      Dear Cat: I lost my dad back in 1992 to cancer and I haven't been the same man since - although sometimes I am stronger and sometimes I am weaker so please give your dad a hug from the cats and I and know that you are a wonderful, caring and beautiful daughter and that would make any father proud and you are also a terrific mum and friend to all of us here at the Hub.

      So Father's day and Mother's day which I personally think should be everyday of the year is made possible because of daughters all over the world like you.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My daughter called a 6:30 am and after 30 years, she can say all of this with "Thanks Daddy". Truly beautiful, job you did here, yours is a lucky Dad.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      James,

      Starting today; I vow to be the best father-self I can be and it’s all thanks to you! Ha ha ha… Thanks James, I hope you have a wonderful day… and don’t forget to wish your mother a Happy Father’s Day!

      Hugs and love,

      Cat

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Dearest Colin,

      You’ve spoke such lovely things of your father and he could certainly write his own history book. What a job he has done in helping to create you; a one of a kind, beautiful man with more talent than most know what to do with. Remember, I am here for those days you are weaker too! You are a wonderful friend, thank you Colin and today, I send you big huge hugs and lots of love!

      Your Cat

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Eric,

      What a daughter! A 6:30 Happy Father’s Day call! I’m sure she could write this 10 times over and I know you’re just one of the world’s best Daddies! Thank you Eric and Happy Father’s Day to you!

      Hugs,

      Cat

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      This is a lovely tribute to your father, Cat, and to all fathers everywhere. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      drbj,

      Thank you nice and funny lady!

      Cat

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      Lurana Brown 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Just beautiful! You are lucky to have such a wonderful father and he's lucky to have you too. :-)

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Lurana,

      Aww, thanks girly! I don't know your situation, but I'm sure you've been a blessing to all who know and love you! You're a blessing to me ;-)

      Thanks,

      Cat

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Okay, I know I'm late on this one; busy, busy, busy!

      This is a nice tribute to a dad. As a dad with 3 girls you gave me the opportunity to view me from their eyes. I am proud as I know your dad is as well. Great piece, Cat.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Wayne,

      Hey, better late than never; you're always welcome.

      Any man with three girls is a changed man; I'm sure you've all taught each other a lot and there must be a mutual pride! Thanks so much Wayne, I really appreciate it!

      Cat

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      Rosemary Amrhein 3 years ago from Boston, MA

      What a wonderful experience to have a father like that! A wonderful tribute to all good fathers, everywhere...Oh I love it.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Beautiful!! I loved your poem and the way you have expressed your love and affection for your dad. Awesome and a beautiful poem, voted way up.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      blondey,

      Thank you! I think we all have our good moments and our not-so-good; my dad had plenty of both, but he kept me alive for 18 years and made a lot of wonderful memories for me! Thanks so much! I really appreciate the visit and the compliment!

      Cat

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Vellur,

      Thank you! There is a one of a kind bond between a girl and her father; one that I didn't necessarily appreciate or understand at all times, but looking back now, I've very grateful!

      Thank you so much!

      Cat

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Cat,

      I had purposefully saved this one for today. Today is my dad's birthday!

      Voted Up and Beautiful!

      Thank You.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Kim,

      Thank you so much, I'm so honored! I hope there are moments you can relate to in this and I hope that you have nothing but a wonderful day on your daddy's special day! He made magic when he made you! :D

      Best Always to you!

      Cat

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