Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sunday Morning Poetry

When I was a child I looked so much like my Dad. It drove me crazy when people would comment on it. What little girl wants to look like a big, strong, handsome man? I didn't get it then that they weren't saying I looked boyish. Truthfully, I acted like him, too. I shared a lot of his qualities, quirks, and traits. I wanted to be like my Mom - tiny, perfect, and beautiful. Instead, I was like my Dad - a passionate leader who tended toward impatience, and not tiny at all. And now? I'm still not tiny and I'll never be as beautiful as my Mom. But, each day, I hope I can be a little bit more like my Dad. He's kind, compassionate, considerate. He's competent, smart, and wildly productive. He's just the kind of man I love and admire. He's just the kind of person I'm proud to be like. I hope I will grow more and more like him as I get older and wiser. I pray that others will see my father in me. Because my Daddy? Well, his heart looks just like our Fathers'. I love you, Daddy. Happy Father's Day.

I'm Seein' My Father In Me


Last night we brought the children by to visit their grandpa
And it's plain to see they're truly part of him
While we were there their grandma took out some old photographs
Man he sure looked a lot like me back then.

And today I took my wife for a walk down that old dirt road
And now looking back I can recall the times we disagreed
When I could not take gold of his old fashioned ways
And the more I tried to prove him wrong the more I proved him right
Now I know why he still stood by me when I went through that stage.

I'm seein' my father in me, I guess that's how it's meant to be
And I find I'm more and more like him each day
I notice I walk the way he walks I notice I talk the way he talks
I'm startin' to see my father in me.

And I'm happy to see my father in me...
~ Paul Overstreet

23 comments:

Scrappy Grams said...

God bless your dad and all the fathers today.

Jennifer Richardson said...

ABSOLUTELY beautiful tribute
to your father
in every way
and to his amazing legacy
....YOU!!!
You are the real treasure
of his life and work,
the jewel he helped carve
and leaves behind
to make this world
a richer place.
Well done, Relyn's dad:)
-Jennifer

Georgianna said...

Oh, Relyn, such a perfect and touching tribute. I love every word. Happy Father's Day to your Dad and gratitude for everything of him reflected in you.

love,
– g

missing moments said...

Great tribute to your dad ...bet he's proud!

Nat said...

Beautiful tribute to your dad! Hope he's had a great day :-)

S. Etole said...

I'm still missing mine after all these years ...

suzyQ said...

how beautiful is this! i am a spitting image of my father too, and i also get that all the time. i love your perspective here, and i'm also beginning to realize how honored i am to be like him. much love to you-
xo

Sweet Tea said...

Isn't it great that we get insight into our parents as we get a little older and wiser? It's wonderful that you appreciate your Dad's great qualities and cherish them as they appear in you. It is a joy to watch God's plan unfold as we become similar to our parents in many ways. Lovely introduction to your Dad. Thanks!

HKatz said...

He has many reasons to be proud of you :) That's a sweet photo too.

Tracy said...

Just sooo sweet, Relyn... :o) ((HUGS))

amelia said...

What a sweet poem ... and I love the photo! :)

Dutchbaby said...

Wonderful tribute to your Dad! I think you are every bit as beautiful as your mom!

TheEccentricLady said...

Great post. My friend and I have always been bothered that we are not the quiet "Godly" type women we thought we were suppose to be but we have accepted that we are who God want us to be. I love this photo of you and your Dad, what a fun memory for you.

Marilyn said...

Lovely tribute to a dad. Most dad's would be thrilled to pass along a part of them self. Father's Day is always a difficult day for me, as my father deserted my mom when I was 2 years. I hope I don't see anything of my dad in myself, but I do see much of my mother in me each day.

christinelaennec said...

How lucky you are to have had such a wonderful Dad. This is a beautiful post, and how good that you can celebrate the qualities he's passed on to you. I like that you say "his heart looks just like our Father's"!

Jeanie said...

What a beautiful Father's Day post, Relyn. And what a tribute -- to be more like dad. Love the photo!

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

Relyn, you've been on my mind--so glad you stopped by today. This tribute to your dad makes me cry and this poem, "the more I tried to prove him wrong, the more I proved him right" rings so true for me. Isn't it a privilege to be like our dads?

Big hug!
xo Mary Jo

susanna said...

Good Father's Day post, Relyn. I really like that photograph of you and your brother on top of your dad. Hah! Your mom, who I'm guessing took the photograph, must have been cracking up laughing watching you three on the bed.

Andy said...

Relyn,
This is indeed a lovely tribute to your dad.

I didn't get to spend as much time with my dad as I would have liked (he died when I was in my early teens). My mom says I look more and more like him as I age. I miss him dearly. I remember on his deathbed he told me that no matter where life's journey took me, I should always look after my mom. Being young, I didn't understand his meaning too much then, but now I'm a man, I appreciate those words even more and I believe if he was alive today, he would be proud of my actions and the man I have become.

Thank you for sharing this.

alexa said...

Such a lovely post, and you clearly admire and love him a great deal... I love your phrase 'wildly productive' :). I will be carrying that with me for a while - thank-you!

Sandy K. said...

Thank you for such a lovely tribute...I miss my dad, and even more when I read these heart-felt words. Beautiful.

Angie Muresan said...

Your beautiful tribute to your dad, brought tears to my eyes. So lovely.

Ragamuffin Gal said...

You must tell me where that photo is from, is it you and your brother on top of your dad? It's wonderful just like your post!

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