Sunday, June 17, 2007

somewhere there's a place for us

For many days I've been wondering how I can pay tribute to the most influential man in my life and I can't seem to find words to best describe him. I have thought hard and I have searched hard...all I came up with so far is a song. A song I remember him singing to me when I was a child. It's a song from the West Side Story. And whenever I hear this I would always remember my dad.

There's a place for us,
Somewhere a place for us.
Peace and quiet and open air
Wait for us Somewhere.

There's a time for us,
Some day a time for us,
Time together with time spare,
Time to learn, time to care,
Some day!

We'll find a new way of living,
We'll find a way of forgiving
Somewhere . . .
There's a place for us,
A time and place for us.
Hold my hand and we're halfway there.
Hold my hand and I'll take you there
Some day,

A man is loved not for how tall he stands but for how often he bends to help, comfort and teach.


When I was a child I used to wonder why you always had long and outstretched arms, I thought it looked funny then, now I know that those arms would always be there to comfort me when I'm sad and hug me when I fall.

When I was a child I used to wonder how tall you looked from where I was standing, I thought you looked like a tree, now I know that those shoulders were made strong so that you can lift me up high and I'd feel as if I could almost touch the sky.

You were always eager to listen to everything I said and as small as I am then, you made me feel like I was six feet tall. You always made me feel important. No matter how small I was, my opinion always counted.

And when I was talking about my dreams, you always made me feel like I could do anything I set my mind to. You never told me I couldn't, you always said everything was possible, if I prayed for it.

I remember a time when you couldn't give me something I asked for, I was crying in my sleep. You sat by the bedside brushing aside my hair to show my face and you dried every tear with your knuckles and you whispered to my ear, "do not cry my love, hush now, i will buy it tomorrow." I know it was probably out of your budget but you always did what you promised. And that's how I know that I can trust you, you have not broken any promises.

I could not have asked for a better father than you.

We have been through a lot but you have always come out strong, always hopeful and trusting in God's plan. It is through you that I learned the power of prayer. And that hope is something everybody needs to get by.

We may not always be together but you are always in my heart. Our hearts. There is never a day that passes that I do not wish for your safety and happiness.

Thank you so much for your love. It is your love that helped me grow into a loving and God-fearing person. I hope I can be even half of the parent you were to us.

Today I want you to see how beautiful you are through my eyes.



Norie said...

How can I say thanks. One of the deepest needs of the human heart is the need to be appreciated. Every human being wants to be valued. This is not to say that everybody wants to be told by others how wonderful he is. There is such a desire but not fundamental. And you have given me a deeper love...a love of acceptance.

surjit said...

'....A man is loved not for how tall he stands but for how often he bends to help, comfort and teach..'
Very true words..
Thanks for another inspiring post.Good luck.

Jeya Anand said...

A true tribute to dads..

Sophiagurl said...

@Dad - Love you!

@Surjit - glad you liked today's post. Have a great day!

@Jeya - thanks for visiting.

cotojo said...

Another wonderful post. Dads, like Mums, play such an important role in every childs life. They give us love, hope, aspirations, dreams, comfort when we need it and so much more that words cannot convey. I'm sure that many of us have Dads that have passed on, but the memories remain as strong as ever, such is the influence that our parents have on us.
To all you Dads reading, have a truly wonderful day.
God Bless

Sophiagurl said...

thank you Cotojo. Happy Father's Day to you too!

Sweet Girl said...


yes,fathers are very important just as mothers..
we don't realize their importance when we are young,,but as we grow up ,then only we can realize what they do for us...

Rajeev said...

Aw. that was sucha a wonderful post!
loved the poem also!
keep writin!
peace & love

Sophiagurl said...

***Sweet Girl - you are right sometimes we don't recognize how important dads are in our lives.

***Jeevy - glad you liked my post. it's not a poem though, it's a song from the West Side Story called Somewhere.