Dad has been gone for almost 10 years now. When your father is no longer there to hug you and make all things better, Father's Day becomes a time for remembering the little things. Though my daddy was not one to sit around and read books of poetry, from time to time he shared his school days by reciting his favorite childhood poem to me. The poem is My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson. Daddy would always get a twinkle in his eye as he quickly recited the words. I loved to hear him say those words because it took both of us back to his own childhood. Usually, he followed his recitation with the story about walking to school for many miles. What child of the '50s has not heard that one? Though the poem has several verses, I am sharing only the first. It has even more meaning today because I still walk in my father's shadow as his little girl. Happy Father's Day, Daddy! The memory of your voice saying the words will always make me smile. Happy Father's Day to all of you fantastic dads out there who have children walking in your shadow. May you give them the same happy memories that my own daddy gave to me.
I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.
(excerpted from My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson)