Even though you are not here, these words are present and true.
I struggled to buy you gifts I’d only guess you wouldn’t hate.
It always seemed you had everything, even when I was eight.
It was hard to please you sometimes, and you never said the words
That I needed to placate me when I had a bout of nerves.
Your standards were always higher than mine.
I always felt so small.
But now you are not here anymore, I feel I’ve grown so tall.
I wish you could see how much there is to this life I’ve made my own.
I know you would be proud, dear Dad, more than we both could have known.
I wish I could struggle again with those presents; I know what you would like.
I think it’s just you could never say how much we were alike.
So happy birthday Daddy, I miss you more than ever.
I hope you can see your little girl and how she can sometimes be clever.