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By Susan Dilley

 

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Mom and Dad

 

It’s been thirty five years now

Since Dad has made you his wife

Talking to both of you

I know it’s been the best years of your life

 

The stories we’ve been told by both of you

About your childhood past

They are stories that will linger on

And stories that will last

 

There was one dismal

Dark summer night

Many years ago

Dad was walking home from school

When a stampede of steers decided to show

 

There was a lot of huffing and bellering

Which wasn’t from the steer

Dad wasn’t the only one scared that night

For the fence line they did veer

 

There are tales of Dad and friends

Sneaking into the watermelon patch

And how the farmer

Gun in hand

Was out to make his catch

 

There are stories of a cute little girl

With hair all in braids

Who took a log

Wrapped in a cloth

And a dolly she had made

 

There were cold winter days

When chores yet had to be done

How hanging the clothes out on the line

Had made her fingers all numb

 

There are stories we can tell

All of our children too

Memories we have had

Over the years that we grew

 

One hot summer day

When Dad decided with me and Cully he would race

His short little legs kept moving on

While his slipper stayed in place

 

With wrecked slipper

Coverall

And skinned up hands and knees

Dad proved to us that day

He was the same man he used to be

 

There was one New Years Eve

I always will recall

How my Mom and brother

A little bit tipsy

Were having such a ball

 

The snow balls they threw

Kept missing each other

Which wouldn’t have been so sad

If two feet apart wasn’t all that they stood

Then it wouldn’t have been half bad

 

Besides the stories and tales

There are other things we can share too

We can share the love we have

Which we learned from the both of you

 

You have taught us things over the years

We are very grateful for

This hasn’t stopped as a child

As an adult you have taught us more

 

The impact you’ve had on your children’s lives

Was so much for you to do

We hope this learning and up bringing

Is instilled in our kids too

 

God has blessed us four children in so many ways

Thirty five years have come and gone

And today is your day

 

Susan M. Dilley

August 26, 1995  ©

For Lennie & Judy

 

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