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Friday, December 13, 2013

Walking With Daddy


My Hero
December. My four-year-old mind was a haze
I’d been locked in the house as it snowed for three days.
Then quite suddenly, magically, sunlight appeared,
And my Daddy was pulling on snow boots. And gear.

I just couldn’t stand the house one minute more.
I had to get out. I’d help Dad with the chores!
So I zippered and buttoned and pulled on and tied,
Then stood by my Daddy with little-girl pride.

“I’m ready,” I shouted. “Let’s go milk the cows!”
I was set for adventure, quite done with the house.
He smiled and then, turning, stepped into the snow.
And I walked alongside. It seemed quite apropos.

At first the bright sparkles and crisp winter air
Made our walking, adventure, and senses aware.
But then I discovered as most children do,
That snow, though quite pretty, was hard to get through.

I struggled and grunted, broke into a sweat,
Then looked for the barn that we hadn’t reached yet.
My Daddy smiled down at my efforts inept,
“It’d be easier if you tried to step where I step.”

So I did. And my progress was much better then,
Soon we two reached the barn, and the cozy cow pens.
I sat perched on a stool and watched Daddy do chores,
Then followed him home, just like I’d done before.

I learned something that day, as we walked through the yard,
If I stayed in his footsteps, then things weren’t as hard.
His skill and experience, and his guidance, too,
Would make everything easier my whole life through.

Now, to my own kids, when there’s woe to be had
I give bits of advice that I learned from my Dad.
When Life dishes out dollops of good or of ill,
I find that I’m walking in Dad’s footsteps still.


9 comments:

  1. Stay in those nice warm footsteps...they won't guide you astray.

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  2. So true, Diane, and so lovingly said.

    I think you're one of those lucky people who hit the Dad Jackpot.

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    1. I LOVE that! The Dad Jackpot. I'm going to tell him!

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    2. If you could see me smiling you'd know how happy that makes me :)

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  3. Love the wisdom we gleaned from our Dad!
    Love,
    Chris

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  4. I'd be in dire straits if I'd followed my dad's footsteps. I find that whenever a long forgotten piece of advice surfaces from my memory, it's something that my mum must have said way back when I was four and five and six.

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    1. Amazing how something we've learned way back, pops into our heads years and years later!

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