Happy Birthday, Dad

So I’ve been thinking a lot
Of what it means to be a father
And I’ll be damned if I can figure it out

I know you did it right

Instilling the right amount of fear
So I didn’t overly abuse my freedom
Letting me know ultimately the boss was at home

Those trips to stores
That seemed to last forever
Taught me how to be patient

Also passing a love for reading
Although I’ll leave the sci-fi all to you
The westerns too…

You did it right.

Putting up with my indiscretions
Corralling my hot headed side
And being there whenever I asked

So on this birthday
Know that I love you
And, hopefully, my young ones see your light in me

Happy Birthday, Dad

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