What you missed, Dad.

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”!


About Cameile P. Graham

Cameile is a teacher by profession. She holds a Diploma in Teaching from the Bethlehem Moravian College (Credit) and a Bachelor of Science degree (Summa cum laude) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UW-W) with a minor in Philosophy Education. She has been a teacher for over 14 years serving at the Primary, Secondary and Post-secondary levels in education. Her experience has seen her supervising teams of excellence at the various levels. Developing and fostering team communication skills is her specialty. Cameile has received several awards for educational success from distinctions in professionalism, use of technology, methodology to the Rhona Anglin award for teaching practicum,BMC . The Dean's letter for academic term success,UW-W , added to the list of her accomplishments. Her greatest accomplishment is her children, Justin and Zoey. She is a single mom to both.
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4 Responses to What you missed, Dad.

  1. JW has a phenomenal mom. Big things are in the future for both of you. This is powerful writing Cameile. Thanks for shring your strength and your experiences with the universe. You don’t know how many moms like you are drawing strength from your courage.

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  2. Mike Forrest says:

    JW ask mom to make another try to contact Dad so you can talk to him. You never know the luck she might have.

    Liked by 1 person

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