Forgetting the Past

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© 2011  Jeanne E. Webster.  All rights reserved


Dear Dad:


Where’ve you been all my life?

A funny face in a photograph.

Where were you during my strife,

Or when I needed to laugh?

I guess life goes on the same;

You went your way, not mine.

You did leave me your name,

With that I’ve done just fine.

Good to see you once again

After all those twenty years.

Don’t care where you’ve been;

You’ve wiped away my tears.

Let’s get on with our “today.”

Reconcile our hearts and souls.

Put aside all those yesterdays,

Let God finally make us whole.



your daughter


PS:  Fathers are so important to the lives of their daughters.

9 comments on “Forgetting the Past

  1. Phew! And what a lovely photo.

  2. I cannot imagine what my life would have been without my father. He was not only my dad but my best friend, confident, advisor and so much more. I miss him now that he’s gone home to be with mom but I know they are happy to be together once again. I still talk with dad in my head and often wish I could lift up the phone and say, “Hey, plane ticket in the mail. Plan to spend at least 3 weeks and more if you like.”

    • Wonderful! Dads are tops in my book. Didn’t get to know him well til I was an adult but we bonded right away and he was my mentor, best friend, father and pastor. Miss him too, as he had Alzheimer’s for almost 10 years and I missed him even before he passed. Thanks for sharing, Sheri, and your encouragement. 🙂

  3. Ohh, I’m in love with him! Such sentiments in verse ~to me, it’s a psalm ! BEAUTIFUL Jeanne !

  4. Rad change says:

    A very healthy choice to make. Not to let the bitterness and hurt of the past overtake you and hold you captive.! Must be hard but GOOD for you!!

    • Forgiveness is most difficult, especially among family members and friends. Those closest to you can be extremely hardhearted. God has to make a way sometimes. 🙂

  5. JanBeek says:

    My heart goes out to those whose daddies chose to “go their way” and not be there for their children. This one had a happy ending, though. He came back. Father and daughter were reconciled. It’s never too late! But, oh… what might have been!

    • Thank you, Jan, for your insightful comment. In truth, it’s never too late to mend broken hearts. By God’s grace and mercy, families can reunite. They merely have to “want” to. Blessings. 🙂

      Love your blog and will visit more often.

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