Took my first steps as you watched with pride, fell asleep as you rocked me from side to side.
Your patience amazed me the older I got, as did your anchored endurance in the myriad battles you fought.
Childhood indulgences began to mean so much more, as it dawned that your tireless hours were much more than a chore.
Pride of my youth made me argue and fight, and yet through it all, your silence helped me not lose sight,
Of all the things in this world that are good and true, my biggest blessing has been having my father in you…