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My Dad's Birthday

My dad, who died at 55, Is etched inside my heart, Despite the fact it's almost Forty years we've been apart. Today's his birthday; had he lived, There'd be a Carvel cake. (One year I baked a cake from scratch, But that was a mistake.) I conjure up his face and there, As clear as it can be, A vision of him laughing Is what floats in front of me. That's quite a lovely legacy For one to leave behind - A smile and laughter tattooed In a loved one's heart and mind.

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Date: 12/31/2019 1:23:00 PM
What a great tribute to spirit, especially our Daddy's spirit, which I feel around me whenever I think of him. Especially if I take a whiff of the plaid flannel jacket he used to wear daily. It has been eight years, yet, it brings him to me instantly.
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Date: 12/30/2019 5:08:00 PM
Such a young age! At least you have wonderful memories of him! Well said! Aloha! Rico
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Date: 12/30/2019 3:00:00 PM
- A lovely tribute for your dad, Ilene :) - I wish you a wonderful new year :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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ilene bauer
Date: 12/30/2019 3:03:00 PM
Thank you, Anne-Lise! A happy new year to you, too!
Date: 12/30/2019 2:55:00 PM
This was heart touching my friend and I can;t even remember the last time I had a Carvel cake. Wow, I think I was kid, so yes...that long ago. : )
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Date: 12/30/2019 3:02:00 PM
Thanks, Chris! I always felt bad that my family preferred a Carvel cake to my home-baked one, but I learned to accept it and it saved me a lot of effort. ~ Have a happy new year!
Date: 12/30/2019 2:45:00 PM
what a souper tribute Ilene I especially love the final stanza and the smile and laughter tattooed in ones heart and mind - that is beautiful poetry!:-) hugs Jan xx sending new year greetings to you and your family:-) x
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Date: 12/30/2019 2:58:00 PM
Much appreciated, Jan! Best wishes to you and yours, too, for a wonderful 2020!
Date: 12/30/2019 2:42:00 PM
A lovely tribute to your Dad Ilene, they live on in Your heart and mind. Happy New year. Tom
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Date: 12/30/2019 2:56:00 PM
Thank you, Tom! Happy New Year to you, too!