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To Fathers from a Mother
by Moreah Vestan
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
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It's about noticing the way fathers are with their kids that endears them to me.

To Fathers from a Mother
by Moreah Vestan

I see you with your children
At picnics, on the street, in the park.

When I watch you lift your baby high
And mix your giggles with his
Or stretch out your arms
And crow excitedly at her steps,

When you say, “Hey guys, how about a cone?”
And your lively kids squeal
All the way to the car,
And you don’t hush them,
My heart inflates
And the flattened tires of my worries
Turn back onto the road.

You are taught not to be soft,
To bite back your tears,
To never be chicken or sissy.

You’d rather require stitches
As your medal of honor
Than merit the dishonorable discharge
Of walking away from a fight.

What transformation allows you
To look so vulnerable, so soft,
When your new baby is placed in your arms,
When your teenager comes to you in tears?

Do you have an inner tug of war
When both a sick child and a business meeting need you?
Do you wish it could feel natural
To let your heart rule over your logic?

What do you want your sons to remember,
Your daughters to tell their friends,
Your wife to hold in her heart about your parenting?

Help me to understand how it feels to be a father.
I ask as a friend, a lover, an ex—wife, a sister.

And know, when you are divided inside,
How overjoyed I am
That tender fathers
Are not an endangered species.

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Reviewed by F William Broome 8/28/2005
GREAT! Such wonderful words to pass to all the, Too Busy, fathers around us. This poem, and the words fall softlly, like a ton of bricks, on the head of a man needing affirmation of his inner feelings that a real man is... Tender, Easy, Quietly Strong, and always ready to be the mentor to children.

I wish you well with helping those who don't believe they need help.
Am at the other end of young fatherhood, but wish I had some good answers for us. - Bill Broome

Reviewed by Sandie Angel 8/3/2005
A wonderful look at fathers who are tough enough juggle with business meetings amongst pioneers, and yet they can also be so soft and giggle with laughter at the simple innocent people in life - their kids.

A lovely write indeed!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
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