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Her hair was up in a pony tail,


[align=center]Today was Daddy's Day at school,[/align]


[align=center]and she couldn't wait to go.[/align]


[align=center]But her mommy tried to tell her,[/align]


[align=center]that she probably should stay home.[/align]



[align=center]Why the kids might not understand,[/align]


[align=center]if she went to school alone.[/align]


[align=center]But she was not afraid;[/align]


[align=center]she knew just what to say.[/align]


[align=center]What to tell her classmates[/align]


[align=center]of why he wasn't there today.[/align]


[align=center]But still her mother worried,

for her to face this day alone.
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[align=center]And that was why once again,[/align]


[align=center]she tried to keep her daughter home.[/align]


[align=center]But the little girl went to school[/align]


[align=center]eager to tell them all.[/align]


[align=center]About a dad she never sees[/align]


[align=center]a dad who never calls.[/align]


[align=center]There were daddies along the wall in back,[/align]


[align=center]for everyone to meet.[/align]


[align=center]Children squirming impatiently,[/align]


[align=center]anxious in their seats[/align]


[align=center]One by one the teacher called[/align]


[align=center]a student from the class.[/align]


[align=center]To introduce their daddy,[/align]


[align=center]as seconds slowly passed.[/align]


[align=center]At last the teacher called her name,[/align]


[align=center]every child turned to stare.[/align]


[align=center]Each of them was searching,[/align]


[align=center]a man who wasn't there.[/align]


[align=center]"Where's her daddy at?"[/align]


[align=center]she heard a boy call out.[/align]


[align=center]"She probably doesn't have one,"[/align]


[align=center]another student dared to shout.[/align]


[align=center]And from somewhere near the back,[/align]


[align=center]she heard a daddy say,[/align]


[align=center]"Looks like another deadbeat dad,[/align]


[align=center]too busy to waste his day."[/align]


[align=center]The words did not offend her,[/align]


[align=center]as she smiled up at her Mom.[/align]


[align=center]And looked back at her teacher,[/align]


[align=center]who told her to go on.[/align]


[align=center]And with hands behind her back,[/align]


[align=center]slowly she began to speak.[/align]


[align=center]And out from the mouth of a child,[/align]


[align=center]came words incredibly unique.[/align]


[align=center]"My Daddy couldn't be here,[/align]


[align=center]because he lives so far away.[/align]


[align=center]But I know he wishes he could be,[/align]


[align=center]since this is such a special day.[/align]


[align=center]And though you cannot meet him,[/align]


[align=center]I wanted you to know.[/align]


[align=center]All about my daddy,[/align]


[align=center]and how much he loves me so.[/align]


[align=center]He loved to tell me stories[/align]


[align=center]he taught me to ride my bike.[/align]


[align=center]He surprised me with pink roses,[/align]


[align=center]and taught me to fly a kite.[/align]


[align=center]We used to share fudge sundaes,[/align]


[align=center]and ice cream in a cone.[/align]


[align=center]And though you cannot see him.[/align]


[align=center]I'm not standing here alone.[/align]


[align=center]"Cause my daddy's always with me,[/align]


[align=center]even though we are apart[/align]


[align=center]I know because he told me,[/align]


[align=center]he'll forever be in my heart"[/align]


[align=center]With that, her little hand reached up,[/align]


[align=center]and lay across her chest.[/align]


[align=center]Feeling her own heartbeat,[/align]


[align=center]beneath her favorite dress.[/align]


[align=center]And from somewhere here in the crowd of dads,[/align]


[align=center]her mother stood in tears.[/align]


[align=center]Proudly watching her daughter,[/align]


[align=center]who was wise beyond her years.[/align]


[align=center]For she stood up for the love[/align]


[align=center]of a man not in her life.[/align]


[align=center]Doing what was best for her,[/align]


[align=center]doing what was right.[/align]


[align=center]And when she dropped her hand back down,[/align]


[align=center]staring straight into the crowd.[/align]


[align=center]She finished with a voice so soft,[/align]


[align=center]but its message clear and loud.[/align]


[align=center]"I love my daddy very much,[/align]


[align=center]he's my shining star.[/align]


[align=center]And if he could, he'd be here,[/align]


[align=center]but heaven's just too far[/align]


[align=center]You see he was a policeman[/align]


[align=center]and died just this past year[/align]


[align=center]When airplanes hit the towers[/align]


[align=center]and taught Americans to fear.[/align]


[align=center]But sometimes when I close my eyes,[/align]


[align=center]it's like he never went away."[/align]


[align=center]And then she closed her eyes,[/align]


[align=center]and saw him there that day.[/align]


[align=center]And to her mothers amazement,[/align]


[align=center]she witnessed with surprise.[/align]


[align=center]A room full of daddies and children,[/align]


[align=center]all starting to close their eyes.[/align]


[align=center]Who knows what they saw before them,[/align]


[align=center]who knows what they felt inside.[/align]


[align=center]perhaps for merely a second,[/align]


[align=center]they saw him at her side.[/align]


[align=center]"I know you're with me Daddy,"[/align]


[align=center]to the silence she called out.[/align]


[align=center]And what happened next made believers,[/align]


[align=center]of those once filled with doubt.[/align]


[align=center]Not one in that room could explain it,[/align]


[align=center]for each of their eyes had been closed.[/align]


[align=center]But there on the desk beside her,[/align]


[align=center]was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose.[/align]


[align=center]And a child was blessed, if only for a moment,[/align]


[align=center]by the love of her shining star.[/align]


[align=center]And given the gift of believing,[/align]


[align=center]that heaven is never too far.[/align]


[align=center]They say it takes a minute to find a special[/align]


[align=center]person, an hour to appreciate them,[/align]


[align=center]a day to love them, but then an entire[/align]


[align=center]life to forget them.[/align]
 

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:clapper::clapper::clapper::clapper::clapper:Now U made ME cry :clapper::clapper::clapper::clapper:
 

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[align=center]:clapper::clapper::clapper: Very True Very Realand Very Sad. :clapper::clapper::clapper:[/align]
[align=center]:crying:[/align]
[align=left]:leprechaun::18red::leprechaun:[/align]
 

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Oh Gene!!!!!... Now you made us all cry again !! Thank you !  SilverDave /forums/images/emoticons/emoticonsxtra/cooldj.gif
 
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