Thursday, June 13, 2013

Dreams of My Father

In honor of Father's Day, I have a special guest on Today's Little Ditty-- my dear ol' dad.  I'm so grateful for the relationship I have with my father and am proud to share many of his personality traits.

Here we are many, many moons ago:

Sometimes I still feel like I'm piggybacking on his broad shoulders.  It's a comfortable place to be.  

One of the most wonderful things for me now that he's retired, is finding out things about him that I never knew before; like how much he, too, enjoys poetry and words, and the challenge of picking just the right ones to express his innermost musings.  The following is from a collection of about thirty poems that he wrote last year on the subject of dreams.  This is one of my favorites... and no, not just because it mentions li'l ol' me.


In my dreams I have permission
to go places and do things I cannot do
when I am awake.  For instance, last night
I went to a picnic in the rain and slush at my daughter’s friend’s house
on the beach at the lake on the far side of the community.  I did not
get wet.  I was not cold.  There were fish four feet long swimming in the water
near the rocks.  The umbrella did not work.
I saw it with my own (sleeping) eyes.
Try that when you’re awake.

(In My Dreams 3)
8 February 2012
© George A. Heidenrich. All rights reserved.

All my life, people have told me what a wonderful man my father is... as if I didn't already know.  Thanks, Dad.  I love you.

Whether dreaming, soul-searching, or lighthearted laughter is what you're after, please join Margaret at Reflections on the Teche for today's Poetry Friday roundup.


  1. Michelle,
    You indeed have a special dad. I am working with my dad's art by writing poems. It is a project full of love as is this post.

    1. Thank you, Margaret. :) Your project sounds wonderful... I hope you'll share a preview on your blog at some point in the future.

  2. Really enjoyed your dad's poem! Your post is a sweet gift :-)

  3. Michelle,
    I loved this tribute to your dad from the picture, to the words about spending time with him, to the poem. I loved this line with the picture: Sometimes I still feel like I'm piggybacking on his broad shoulders.

    My dad is now retired as well and I'm so happy to be able to spend time with him. Like you, I'm glad to share some of his personality traits --- and food likes. :o) Your dad's poem is wonderful. I love dreams like that. I'm always so happy when I can remember them.

    So glad I stopped by!

    1. You're so sweet, Cathy. Thank you for the high praise, and also for tweeting my post. So happy that you've been blessed with a similar relationship with your dad!

  4. Thanks for sharing your Dad's wonderful poem. He sounds like someone with a twinkle in his eye :). Happy Father's Day to him!

    1. Oh yes, Jama, he definitely has a twinkle... thanks for noticing!

  5. A dad to cherish for sure. Enjoy every moment.

  6. Nice! Thank you for sharing this!

  7. Thanks Sweetie--you're the best! Love, Pops XOXO

  8. Love that you share your love of words and poetry with your dad. Makes me miss my dad all the more. Thanks for sharing his poetry and Happy Father's Day to him! =)

  9. I never got the chance to get to know my dad that way -- enjoy every minute!

    1. I'm sorry you didn't, Mary Lee. I'll do my best to heed your advice. :)