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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Happy Birthday Dad!

I wonder who will join you at your table today
on your birthday up in heaven?
And do you get to choose
your birthday feast?
I bet I know just what you'd choose!
A hamburger grilled dark over a campfire,
a side of potato salad, or chips, or corn on the cob.
A root beer in your hand
or maybe an un-root beer?
And do you get to pick your treat?
It hits me now I'm not so sure
what you would desire.
A strawberry shake? A vanilla cone?
A chocolate cake?
Anyway, I'm sure it will be delicious.
And are there lots of sunshine streamers
with puffy cloud balloons?
I bet there are angels singing
a birthday tune for you.
If I was there, I would.
I'd even go easy on your candle count,
though not on the getting old jokes.
I'm sure those who join your table today
will take up my slack
as I won't be there to celebrate with you.
But in my heart
please know I'm singing
Happy Birthday to you today Dad
from this side of heaven.

I composed this several times in my head before my fingers found the keys.  It had to be just right today.  It couldn't be rushed.  I knew it would come in it's own time and it did.  And, if I wish it up to heaven, maybe it will even find it's way to him.

I found the balloon picture on Pinterest.  I don't know who to give credit to but it was too perfect not to use.  If you know where it came from, let me know.  I'd like to give credit if I could.


  1. I wish it up to heaven too. He is celebrating for sure and sending his love down to his sweet girl Robin. xo oh and a joke :)

  2. What a lovely poem filled with moments of your dad. Sounds like he was wonderful. :)

  3. Love this and yes, the image is perfect. Your words are so genuine and heartfelt. I am sure this will make it to his heavenly ears today and warm his soul.

  4. What a birthday he will have! "Did you see what my daughter wrote?" will be the question of the day. So thoughtful, Robin!

  5. Very touching! Thank you for sharing this poem today. I loved it!

  6. Robin, we do miss our dads, don't we? I love this glimpse into the person he was, and I'm sure it made its way to him today where he was proud as a peacock of this poem from his daughter.

  7. My Dad's birthday was on the 5th and he too was celebrating in heaven. I'm sure they have great celebrations with family and friends and someday we'll be there to celebrate too. But for now, we can only share our thoughts.

  8. I started crying as soon as I started reading this. It's beautiful. We lost my dad 7 years ago on Tuesday. Thank you for this poignant post. Your Dad has heard these words and feels your love for him on his special day.

  9. The anniversary of my Dad's passing will be next week and My Mom's the week after that. Your thoughts are poignant and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  10. The anniversary of my Dad's passing will be next week and My Mom's the week after that. Your thoughts are poignant and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  11. It sounds like your dad was wonderful. What a lovely poem for him...I'm sure he loves it!

  12. So lovely that you have the knowledge that your dad is in heaven and that you will see him again. What peace that brings.

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