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Treasured Memories of Daddy and Me
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By Nan Forehand
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Treasured Memories of Daddy and Me

In this poem several fathers become one and the same
Forgive me if I don't mention each father by name

Vivid memories of stories you would happily tell
As I share them, with love and pride, my heart will swell
One story in particular was Goldilocks and the Three Bears
In this one, Papa Bear carried Goldilocks down the stairs
You knew the importance of family gathered 'round
Echo of laughter: a beautiful sound

You taught me how to ride my bike
Through the woods, to the branch, we'd merrily hike

We'd mosey down to the trout pond to catch a fish
Oh, to catch the biggest one was my earnest wish
I hooked one so big I had to lay on the bank to reel it in
To this day, your laughter is as hearty as it was back then

We braved Old Man Winters' bitter cold to build a snowman
It would be the biggest one in the neighborhood: that was our plan

I remember the sound of your voice to someone on the phone
Funny thing, when you finished the call, you'd sometimes use a different tone

With mortar and bricks, you laid many a foundation
The most outstanding Daddy in all of creation
Sometimes your work took you far away
Special memories I cherish to this very day
A shopping trip to the best store in town; just you and me
Pretty red coat, in my memory, I can clearly see
You taught me how to drive a car and a tractor
Having utmost patience was the greatest factor

With butter and jelly, you ate Mom's biscuits, though they were burned
So many lessons about love and relationships you taught, and yes, I learned

To see your grandchildren laugh and play was your great delight
Mine was to see your blue eyes twinkle with joy in the sunlight

I'm so very, very glad
Forever and always, you'll be my Dad

written May 30, 2013

Author's note: I was tasked by a lady in my church to write a poem about Father's Day for the children to share in the service on Father's Day. †This poem consists of memories shared with me by ladies of the church. †The lady who requested that I write the poem will share this one with the congregation. †I have written another poem the children will share, which will describe a Sunday morning in church.


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Submitted: Friday, June 7, 2013

Last Updated: Friday, June 7, 2013

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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