A hero he is to the son of his youth
to a daughter he’s handsome and tall.
This man we call “dad” who has given so much
brings warmth to the heart of us all.
His hands are calloused by a lifetime of toil,
his face is tanned by the sun.
The lines were put there by struggles he lost
and his smile by those that he won.
His heart is a storehouse of treasures untold
of wisdom, and kindness, and love,
And he looks for a chance to open its doors
and share them with those whom he loves!
So tell this great man on his special day
how much he means to you,
For the hours are passing on swift flying wings
and his years on this earth may be few.
He’s given his life to bring you this far
and he’d do it all over again,
For he knows very well that it’s all been worthwhile
each time you struggle…and win!
So pause for a moment in your busy life
and give him a gift that’s so rare.
It will be more precious to him than silver or gold
if you’ll simply tell him… you care!
-Marion E. Lobaugh