• Meghan Simonie

A Father’s Journey

One day he knows he wants to be there but doesn’t know what that means.

Until that day comes fast approaching.

That stick has two lines that he can see.

He’s not quite as emotional as his partner, she seems to weep at everything.

He plans for it all; the house is ready.

Until suddenly the doctor says she’s coming.

He’s never been this nervous, but he knows he has to be strong.

For his wife seems to have it all under control.

She has this simple, strange calm.

When he sees her the first time, he knows they were meant for each other.

He will protect her forever.

In his loving arms he will keep her safe from all others.

Years later he watches her long hair fall next to her face.

He pushes it back behind her ear.

As she lovingly says “daddy, please read just one more page?”

Even later still, she steps out of her room, boxes all packed and ready.

She smiles, looking excited.

He smiles back, but inside he can’t believe she’s starting this new journey.

He likes him, he really does, he even asked permission.

But no one’s perfect enough for her.

He makes her happy, just like you hoped, and so he gives concession.

Through his arm she sets her own and down the aisle they walk.

Not a dry eye in the entire church.

His memories just go back to a time when she was just learning to talk.

He feels those nerves again, but this time it seems a little better.

Looking excitedly at his wife, smiles.

This long journey together was theirs and now he gets to be a grandfather.

When he sees her the first time, he knows they were meant for each other.

He will protect her forever.

In his loving arms he will keep her safe from all others.

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