Happy Father’s Day to a Special Dad

For you – Dad – who gave me
Dark brown hair and eyes
And the best grandmother
And grandfather – ever –
They were such a prize –
Thank you – Dad
For the beaming smile I
Wear – and the long feet
My mother said came from
You – But I don’t have your
Singing voice – What
A crooner – You –
For the years we lost – Dad –
The times we might have had –
There were cards and letters –
For the popcorn – movies –
And TV that weren’t
Ours to share
There are phone calls and thoughts
Of a loving dad who remembers
To send his love my way –
I love you – daughter – You too –
Dad – Thank you for caring – and –
Happy Father’s Day
By Carol Ann Hoel © June 18, 2011

About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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22 Responses to Happy Father’s Day to a Special Dad

  1. run4joy59 says:

    What a sweet tribute to your dad!!


  2. pattisj says:

    Couldn’t help but notice a twinge of sadness, about the things you couldn’t share–or was that just me? Special hug for you today, Carol.


    • I hope my tribute to my dad doesn’t sound like less than a I meant it to be. Stuff happens in life that changes things. I had a good mother and a good father. I lived with my mom, so there were many years away from my dad. And there were many years lost to actual miles of distance. My dad has another family. From his second family I have five half brothers and a step sister. They are believers in Jesus, too, and so is my dad. Sounds very positive, doesn’t it? My dad has Alzheimer’s now, which is the same condition my husband has. My dad is a few years younger than my husband. Thank you for being such a sensitive friend. There is a twinge of sadness. I regret not knowing my father better. He has always been a good dad, if absent by necessity. Blessings to you, Patti…


  3. JannatWrites says:

    That was a sweet, but sad poem for your dad. Sometimes we can look back and realize that the relationships could have been better. I’m glad that you still have your father with you, but I am sorry to read in your response to Patti that he has Alzheimer’s, too.


    • I’m sorry that my father has Alzheimer’s, too. My dad and my husband are both very blessed in that they are coping well with this condition. It’s been slow developing for both of them, which is good. My father is in excellent physical condition and still works. Imagine that! My hubby has been retired for many years, and his health is not as good, yet, even he gets by handsomely. Thank you for your sweet comment. I appreciate your taking time to stop by. Blessings to you…


  4. trisha says:

    lovely note of affection carol. my mother was a marvelous singer but none of us can sing 😦


    • I imagine that you heard your mother sing many times. My mother and my father both had good singing voices. My mother used to sing in the car when she drove us around. My grandmother did the same thing. I still remember some of the songs my grandmother sang to us. I grew up with my mother’s favorite music, by Frank Sinatra, playing in my ears all the time. I have a tiny little voice that barely makes a sound, but I love music, especially praise music for the LORD. Blessings to you, Trisha…


  5. fivecats says:

    A very nice tribute.


  6. elizabethre says:

    I agree, this is a beautiful tribute to your dad.



  7. Catie Eliza says:

    Very honest and by it’s honesty making the value of the thanks increase manifold. Take care love. :] xx


  8. Bonnie says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your Dad, Carol Ann. Blessings to you.


  9. I also felt a tinge of sadness but the strength to appreciate what you did have. I worked with Alzheimer’s most of my nursing career and now am dealing with it with my Mom. My belief is that people with dementia are like prisoners in their bodies but they are blessed with the ability to be present and enjoy life in each moment. If you haven’t read Lisa Genoa’s novel “Still Alice” I highly recommend it. It’s hard because it’s written in the first person point of view of a woman with presenile dementia…but oh-so-powerful. Blessings to you.


    • Thank you for the book recommendation. I recently bought a Kindle, and I’ve been on a reading binge. I’ll put this book on my wish list. I have quite a few on it, but I’ll get there. I may up it on the list since it’s about Alzheimer’s. My father lives far away from me. I’m not his caregiver. I am my husband’s caregiver, and he has Alzheimer’s, too. He’s doing well. I am very curious about the book you mentioned.

      You know a lot about Alzheimer’s having nursed patients with it and now your mom. I have been fortunate not to have experiences the nightmarish parts that I’ve heard about. My hubby is blessed. I agree with your assessment. Trapped in his body. Able to enjoy the moment. Sometimes oppressed by a moment with the likelihood that this too shall pass. 🙂 I hope all his and your mother’s bad moments will be replaced by moments of joy and those ugly times will never happen.

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. There is sadness for all the years without my dad. But he was a good absent dad. I was too young to remember how it was when he was with us. He wasn’t an alcoholic or mean to us. Blessings to you, Victoria…


  10. Beautiful words my friend! xx


  11. Ahh… I like this. I wrote a poem for my Dad, too, but I didn’t post it on my blog!


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