I watch in awe as you carry our world on your shoulders as if it’s nothing to bear.
You swing them up so gently as their tiny hands clutch to the safety that you provide.
They bounce with delight as I marvel at your strength, ever solid, never waning.
They rest their little legs, take solace in the throne you have provided, and feel like royalty for this moment.
The smiles on your faces brings reassurance that all is alright, everything’s going to be okay, life is still good and sweet and wonderful just the way it is, in this moment.
To the untrained eye, it’s just a ride on daddy’s shoulders. To me, it’s everything that’s right in our world. To our children, it is their world…
May your shoulders always be this strong and may our children know that you will always be there to carry them when they are in need. And please know that you can forever lean on mine for extra strength, courage, and support.
*this poem was originally written on Father’s Day, 2014