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Poem: A Loving Dad

I am a writer. My passion is poetry. I feel words connect people together and help us to understand the feelings we share.


I remember
the joys of being a child
having no worries,
life seemed so simple.

The pictures in my mind playing memories of a wonderful childhood,
with you taking time to teach me how to play,
how to enjoy life,
how to have manners,
and to know the value of a dollar.

My childhood days full of laughter
with plenty of time to enjoy being a kid,
not having to worry if I had food to eat
or clothes to wear
or where I would sleep.

Today, children grow up too fast
not knowing this kind of love,
for families seem too busy
or down on their luck,
not taking time to share quality moments.

I am fortunate I had a Dad like you
guiding me when I was young,
someone to be proud of who is still with me today
reaching out his helping hand guiding me along life’s way,
a blessing I will always count,
To have a loving Dad.

"Thank You for Being My Dad"



BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 19, 2019:

Thank you, Amani.

It is real, so I sm happy it conveys this way.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 19, 2019:

Thanks Lora,

It was a joy to be a kid in a loving, caring family.

I feel so sorry for children today who fend for themselves to fix their own meals to eat. They do not seem to have a great role model to look up to or to guide them along life's journey.

Thank you for your kind words.

Lora Hollings on June 19, 2019:

A lovely poem, Brenda that certainly honors your father who sounds like he truly was a great father to you. I wholeheartedly agree with you that so many children now don't know what it is like to feel the security of having a stable family life and the time to really enjoy just being a child! So many children feel too much pressure now and seem to be rushed into growing up. I was lucky to have a carefree childhood like you and to feel that I was an important and valued member of a loving family.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 18, 2019:

Thanks, Lorna.

Lorna Lamon on June 18, 2019:

Such a touching poem Brenda - it brings back memories of my own Dad.

Amani Utembu from Nairobi -Kenya on June 17, 2019:

I love this.. Totally real and awesome.. Great job