I was thinking about you today,
And all that you’ve done
During your many years of life.
Somehow I found myself thinking
Of what you could have done.
My heart cracked a little when I started to think
How you missed being a leader in a big business
And you missed being a computer whiz too.
I thought of how you were never a writer or poet
And never sang in front of large crowds.
It was at that moment I realized I was just thinking about all I’ve done
and continue to do them even now
But if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t know how.
You taught me patience and level-headed thinking
You taught me how to respect Mother who together with
You made me a Man
And you set the example of how I should respect all females
Along with my fellow man.
You set the example of how to love people when they didn’t love back
And you taught me how to respect them even when I thought I was right.
You set the example of how to take pride in my country and its leaders too,
Even when they can't get it right and don't know what to do.
You gave me examples of how to count numbers and to talk just right
And you taught me (through many tough lessons) when to stay quiet.
My heart is breaking now because I started by measuring you to me,
And in the end I realized that it was the reverse,
My measuring stick was you just being you.
Posted on 2/16/11