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May 2, 2014

Fathers and Families, in verse form

Here are two poems written by one of our fathers.

I Want To Be Like You

By Reginald Davis

In a time when fathers are totally absent, gone most of the time,
or physically present but mentally distracted,
you are there for me --
looking at me, listening to me, understanding me, talking with me.
You make time for me even when it is inconvenient for you.
You make me feel important to you.
I learn from you when you teach me,
when I watch you do things,
and when I observe you just being you --
terrific father.
Every affectionate smile you give me,
every pat on the back, every hug
shows me that you love me,
that you're proud of me.
These are things I'll remember to do for my own kids.
You're a great role model, Dad.
I want to be just like you. 

A Child Is Born

By Reginald Davis

Encircle your child with love, offer your hand to guide them.
Shower them with tenderness. Shelter away their fears.
May they look for sunshine when there seem to be clouds.
May they take a step further
to find the best people in life.
May they show kindness and patience towards others.
May confidence and poise propel them in life.
Teach her appreciation for small things in life.
The abundance of nature close at their feet.
Help them to learn the power of words spoken. The response to action which might be awakened.
Shower them with your love
and your pride protect her as needed,
but let them fly free, free to stand tall with absolute dignity.
As they grow and discover, keep memories keen
for a time in the future when they shall fly free.
Remember too as they grow to be men and women
that they are reflections of the joy, kindness, and diginity,
a reflection of a man/woman set free to pass down their teachings.