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Her hair up in a pony tail, her favorite dress
 tied with a bow. Today was Daddy's Day at
school, and she couldn't wait to go. But her
 mommy tried to tell her, that she probably
   should stay home, why the kid's might not
  understand, if she went to school alone.
But she was not afraid; she  knew just what
to say. What to tell her classmates, on this
Daddy's Day. But still her mother worried,
but for her to face this day alone and that was
why once again, she tried to keep her daughter
home. But the little girl went to school,
eager to tell them all about a dad she never
sees, a dad who never calls.
There were daddy's along the wall in back,
for everyone to meet. Children squirming
impatiently, anxious in their seats. One by  
One by one the teacher called, a student
from the class to introduce their daddy,
as seconds slowly passed .At last the teacher
called her name, every child turned to stare.
Each of them were searching, for a man who
Wasn't there.
 "Where's her daddy at?"
she heard a boy call out "She probably
doesn't have one," another student dared
to shout. And from somewhere near the back,
she heard a daddy say "Looks like another
"deadbeat dad, too busy to waste his day."
The words did not offend her, as she smiled
at her friends and her teacher, who told her
to begin.
 And with hands behind her back, slowly
she began to speak and out from the  
mouth of a child, came words incredibly
unique "My Daddy couldn't be here, because
he lives so far away.
 But I know he wishes he could be with me
     on this day. And though you cannot meet him,
I wanted you to know all about my daddy,
and how much he loves me so.
 He loved to tell me stories, he taught me to
ride my bike. He surprised me with a pink roses,
and taught me to fly a kite. We used to share
fudge sundaes and ice cream in a cone.
And though you cannot see him, I'm not standing
all alone 'Cause my daddy's always with me,
even though we are apart.
 I know because he told me, he'll forever be
here in my heart." With that her little hand
reached up, and lay across her chest felling
her own heart, beneath her favorite dress  
And from somewhere in the crowd of dad's
her mother stood in tears proudly watching
her daughter, who was wise beyond her years.
For she stood up for the love of a man not
in her life. Doing what was best for her,
doing what was right. And when she dropped
her hand back down, staring straight into
the crowd she finished with a voice so soft,
but its message clear and loud. "I love my
daddy very much, he's my shining star,
And if he could he'd be here, but heaven's
just too far, But sometimes when I close
my eyes, it's like he never went away." And then
she closed her eyes, and saw him there that
day. And to her mother's amazement, she
witnessed with surprise a room full of daddy's
and children, all starting to close their eyes.
 Who knows what they saw before them,
who knows what they felt inside. Perhaps for
merely a second, they saw him at her side.
"I know you're with me Daddy, "to the silence
she called out. And what happened next made  
believers, of those once filled with doubt.
Not one in that room could explain it, for
each of their eyes had been closed. But
there placed on her desktop, was a
beautiful fragrant pink rose. And a child
was blessed, if only a moment, by the love
of her shining bright star. And given the
gift of believing, that heaven is never
too far.
Poetry used with permission and is entitled Daddy's Day
2000 Cheryl Costello-Forshey
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