Her hair was up in a pony tail, her favorite dress tied with a
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
Why the kids might not understand, if she went to school
But she was not afraid; she knew just what to say.
What to tell her classmates of why he wasn't there
But still her mother worried, for her to face this day
And that was why once again, she tried to keep her daughter
But the little girl went to school, eager to tell them
About a dad she never sees, a dad who never calls.
There were daddies along the wall in back, for everyone too
Children were squirming impatiently, anxious in their
One by one the teacher called, a student from the class to
introduce her daddy.
As seconds slowly passed, at last the teacher called her
name, every child turned to stare.
Each of them was searching, for a man who wasn't
"Where's her daddy at?" she heard a boy call
"She probably doesn't have one," another
student dared to shout.
And from somewhere near the back, she heard a daddy
"Looks like another deadbeat dad, too busy too waste
The words did not offend her, as she smiled up at her
And looked back at her teacher, who told her to go on.
And with hands behind her back, slowly she began too
And out from the mouth of a child, came words incredibly
"My daddy couldn't be here, because he lives so
But I know he wishes he could be, since this is such a
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
He surprised me with pink roses, he taught me how to fly a
We used to share fudge sundaes, and ice cream in a
And though you cannot see him, I'm not standing here
"Cause my daddy's always with me, even though we
I know because he told me, he'd forever be in my
With that her little hand reached up, and lay across her
Feeling her own heart beat, beneath her favorite dress.
And from somewhere in the crowd of dads, her mother stood
Proudly watching her daughter, who was wise beyond her
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
"I love my daddy very much, he's my shining
And if he could he'd be here, but Heaven's just too
You see he was a fireman and died just this past year.
When airplanes hit the towers, and taught Americans to
"But sometimes when I close my eyes, its like he never
And then she closed her eyes, and saw him there that
And to her mother's amazement, she witnessed with
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
Perhaps for merely a second, they saw him at her side.
"I know your with me daddy," to the silence she
And what happened next made believers, of those once filled
Not one in that room could explain it, for each of their
eyes had been closed.
But there on the desk beside her, was a fragrant
long-stemmed pink rose.
And a child was blessed, if only for a moment, by the love
of her shining star.
And given the gift of believing, that:
HEAVEN IS NEVER TOO FAR.
not mine, but i love this.