You may have thought

I didn’t see,

Or that I hadn’t heard,

Life lessons that you

taught me,

But I got every word.

Perhaps you thought I missed it all,

And that we’d grow apart,

But Dad, I picked up


It’s written on my heart.

Without you, Dad,

I wouldn’t be

The (woman)(man)

I am today;

You built a strong


No one can take away.

I’ve grown up with

your values,

And I’m very glad I did;

So here’s to you, dear father,

From your forever

grateful kid. — Joanna Fuchs