I strode upon the path of life Through moments of pleasure and times of much strife. His hand was in mine of that I was sure His words were always comforting and pure To Him I am thankful for giving me life, Giving me children and a wonderful wife. Our waifs often ran from room to room with laugter and giggles and an occasional boom. No sadness or anger would I let them see Only love would I give them, much to their glee. My mate did I watch with much wonder and pride As she comforted each one whenever they cried. The howls and the sniffles soon rapidly died, A hug and a cookie and the eyes soon had dryed. A day soon arrived quite close to the fall, My girls in their jumpers and my son in his tie, Set out for the schoolyard to answer the bell's call. I knew that these school years would rapidly go by. A proud man was I as we'd stride through the park The sun warm and bright, no sign of the dark Three children and I and my wife at my side Did fill me with happiness, my heart with great pride My son at the plate with a bat in his hand A smile on his face as he looked over at me Then a sound of the bat as it hit the white ball And I jumped to my feet, "well done I did call." Two princesses in pigtails, their dresses quite new, Sat quietly beside us in the small church's pew I quietly uttered a prayer to Whom I owed all Knowing nothing He gave would ever really fall. The years now passed and the children grown The lessons learned have now been sown. And now our pride is even larger still Our children's children now fill our hearts Their sounds of laughter our ears do fill.
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