Miss You, Dad

Today

I missed my dad.

My hubby and I

Went hiking.

It was lovely…

and good exercise too.

My dad

Loved nature.

He spent many enjoyable hours

Walking through the woods

Behind our home.

It is one of my children’s

Most cherished memories:

Hiking with their papa.

I realized last summer,

As I sat enjoying

The peace of the country,

It was something

I could have shared

With my dad.

While I was growing up

I was too busy

Wanting to be with my friends.

I didn’t like the outdoors…

the bugs

the snakes

etc

etc

etc.

I feel differently now.

Oh, I’m still not a fan

Of bugs and snakes

But I do enjoy

The many sounds

And beautiful landscape.

Today

I missed my dad.

But today

I rejoiced

In sharing creation

With another wonderful man.

Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Let all creation rejoice before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness (Psalm 96:12-13 NIV).

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