Her hair was up in a pony tail, her favorite dress tied with
Her hair was 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 kids might not understand, if she
went to school alone.
But she was not afraid; she knew just what
What to tell her classmates of why he
wasn't there today.
But still her mother worried, 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
There were daddies along the wall in back,
for everyone too meet.
Children were squirming impatiently,
anxious in their seats. 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
"Where's her daddy at?" she heard a boy
"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
too waste his day."
The words did not offend her, as she smiled
up at her Mom.
And looked back at her teacher, who told
her to go on.
And with hands behind her back, slowly she
began too 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, since
this is such a special day.
And though you cannot meet him, I wanted
you to know.
All about my daddy, and how much he loves
He loved to tell me stories, he taught me
to ride my bike.
He surprised me with pink roses, he taught
me how 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 here alone.
"Cause my daddy's always with me, even
though we are apart.
I know because he told me, he'd forever be
in my heart."
With that her little hand reached up, and
lay across her chest.
Feeling her own heart beat, beneath her
And from somewhere in the crowd of dads,
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
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
And if he could he'd be here, but Heaven's
just too far!
You see he was a fireman and died just this
When airplanes hit the towers, and taught
Americans to fear.
"But sometimes when I close my eyes, its
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 your 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 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,