Daddy's Little Girl Always She Will Be
The accounting of a Father-Daughter relationship
"Daddy! This is Amboor, I just called to say hewllo"
"My Daddy's not home" I heard her say
My Two Year old made her first call home this Day
And those are the words she had to say
It broke my Heart that I wasn't there to take her call
To hear her say the words she practiced in School that Day
As I listened to her voice recorded
My heart clenched as if within a fist
Her Mother scowled and I had a grin
Because my Daughter words to my delight
Was captured on tape to her mother's chagrin
And I heard her clearly say
"Daddy this is Amboor I just called to say hewllo"
My little Baby girl you see had called to talk to Me!
Her Mother sputtered in righteous indignation
And gave voice to her opinions
"Mother's", she says "carried the scars, for months"!
she glares "we give them life".
"And from me, she gets the best of everything".
"She is me and I am her,
I wipe her nose and all the rest".
"I held her close and rocked her at my breast".
"Yet the child loves her Daddy best".
Again I listen to my Daughters tiny voice
I heard my baby girl loud and clear
How fragile the sound
In it, I heard the shattering of expectation, of hope
Her need, her despair, and her disappointment
Cause her Daddy wasn't there
As I listened again just once more
I made a vow to my little Girl that Day
To be her hero come what may
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