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To All the Men Who Raised Me
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By Nan Forehand
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To All the Men Who Raised Me

  1. To All The Men Who Raised Me

    †Written by Nan Forehand

    June 17, 2012

    Memories of my earliest years

    Included worries and fears

    My biological father was out of the picture

    A Southern Baptist preacher taught me scripture

    My stepfather taught me how to fish

    For a better life was my solitary wish

    Life isnít always what it seems

    God still knew me and He knew my dreams

    He brought into my life a military man

    We became one - Allen and Nan

    In Germany for eight and a half years

    Two beautiful children and only happy tears

    Time to return to the states and a new job

    Illinois was where I met my dear Mr. Bob

    He was the epitome of who a good father should be

    Always and forever he will be treasured by me

    For only a few short months, we lived, we loved and we shared

    He went home to be with Jesus in 1993.† I know he truly cared

    Now let me tell you about my father in law, Mr. Forehand

    Heís one of the best men in all the land

    Yes, indeed, he helped raise me

    An Eagle Scout full of integrity

    And then thereís my dear friend, Que

    He taught me so much about the poetry I share with you

    My mentor, teacher, critic and friend

    He doesnít realize how much he helped me to mend

    The words of my Woody warmed my soul

    Through the years the worried, fearful child became whole

    Thank you, Jesus for all the men who raised me

    To be all the best I can possibly be

    Authorís note: This poem is dedicated to all the men who raised me.† Thank you for loving me through the good, the bad and the ugly!

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Submitted: Monday, June 18, 2012

Last Updated: Monday, June 18, 2012

About the Poet
I grew up in rural North Carolina, married for 38 years to my best friend and soulmate, Allen, who retired almost 17 years ago from the Air Force after 24 years of service to our beloved America. We have a daughter, Ashley ( and son-in-law, Kris) and, a son, John, and, our two beautiful grand daughters, Amelia and Haley, and Isaac, our only grandson, all blessings from God. We have four cats; Mr. Peabody, Missy, aka Middle Kitty and Tabby, aka Little Kitty, and Gracie. I've seen a lot of hard times and God has always been here for me to see me through them. I am a vessel God can use to help others in need. If I could be described in one word, it would be that I am an encourager.

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