I’m sure you started off as a good Dad
Although you didn’t have a good example of one to follow.
I’m sure you loved us in your heart everyday
And that it was just the alcohol that got in the way.
I’m sure we must have celebrated a Father’s day or two
But I sure can’t remember a one.
I must have made you paper gifts in school
That you carried in your mind and heart.
Funny how it took so many years to go back to the beginning
And see you for the fragile human that we all are.
My own inadequacies show up in my memories of you
And my understanding has come full circle.
So on this day of love and respect for the fathers in our lives
I say, you did what you could do. I forgive you.
Happy Father’s Day.