You were not there when I tried to make my first step
I made them later than my age but I did, with mom’s help
You were not there when I missed my important milestones
I made some significant improvements though dad, with mom
You were not there when I got my first wheelchair, almost Christmas
Mom cried that day I was fitted and I felt “relieved” for her hands
You were not there when I first started school, I know
You asked why I needed to go cause I couldn’t talk anyway
You were not there when mom lifted me up two flight of stairs
Just so that I could be a part of the world outside my chair
You were not there when I first sat up without my head touching knees
I swung in a ‘regular’ swing one day at the park, with mom’s help
You were not there when I first surprised everyone and rolled across the floor
You should have seen me dad, I rolled from living room to dining for sure!
You were not there for my birthday, not one, not two, three, four, neither five
I heard you tell my mom that she made “choices”, but dad, What about you?
You were not there when I was sick, pneumonia, common viruses, bacteria, none
Mom stayed up till morning though and kept me warm, cold, whatever to be done
You were not there for me, 5 years, in another few months, I’ll be six
Dad, I wish I could say “Happy Father’s Day” to you, but you are just NOT “Mom”!