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Weekend Father

Unfortunate circumstances made me a weekend father Two parents separated by a marred history, now had to care for a child ... an innocent victim who received emotional shrapnel as collateral damage from our argumentative battles Our destructive habits fell onto her, but children are very resilient, thank God I loved being a weekend father There was no bitterness about allotted time of custody, none of that foolishness My wife and I settled our divorce amicably ... no courts involved, except for the legal formality of having a divorce decree issued by the state We worked things out between us much better being apart than when we were married It's funny how that works So I got my daughter on the weekends, but over time I had her more than the weekends We bonded pretty good And anyone with kids will tell you, that four-year-olds are a quirky bunch They're old enough to do enough things for themselves, but they still want you to do a lot of things for them ... y'know, they still want the baby treatment My daughter, she really only demanded two things of me when I first started having her every weekend: she wanted us to watch movies together, movies like "Lion King," or play video games together, video games like "Lion King" And she didn't like the part of the movie where Simba's dad, Mustafa died She always cried, and told me to skip that part ... that always touched my heart Because it told me, in unspoken words, that she loved me and didn't want anything bad to happen to me When she turned five, I enrolled her at my alma mater college, in an art program for kids My sister and father told me that my daughter had artistic ability So every Saturday, we spent half the day at the college, because after she got out of class, we would get something to eat, then go to the main library on campus and get on the computers To make a long story shorter ... she received an art degree when she became grown Becoming an illustrator and computer graphic artist That's what being a weekend father means to me

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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Date: 2/8/2017 9:00:00 AM
Hi Freddie, This poem moved so much that I started to cry. I know the important of a little girl having a Father's love. For it is the first male figure in her life. From these heartfelt words I know that you are a good man and that you love your daughter very much. Thanks for sharing this gem of the heart. A without a doubt seven and a fav:-) Alexis
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Date: 2/3/2017 3:32:00 PM
- I understand very well that you are proud of your daughter ... children are a gift we borrow, protect and love - A wonderful writing from father to daughter, Freddie :) - Happy weekend - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 2/2/2017 10:17:00 PM
Very touching Freddie, specifically the swelling in my chest and tears in my eyes. A loved and lucky girl.
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Date: 2/2/2017 7:40:00 PM
I really enjoy reading your work, RW, and this is no exception! Great write my friend! PS. (Thanks for the song mate)
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Date: 2/2/2017 4:37:00 PM
No such thing as a weekend father, Freddie. Once a dad, always a dad:) Obviously you are a good one.
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