People say the first year is the hardest.
They say that you missed Father’s Day, our birthdays,
Your wedding anniversary, Thanksgiving.
People may feel badly that you weren’t in your chair at Christmas,
Missed out on New Year’s celebrations.
That you were absent for Valentine’s Day and Easter.
What they don’t realize is, that you are the reason we celebrate Father’s Day,
You are with us when we sing Happy Birthday,
Your anniversary is marked regardless, and we are Thankful in October.
That you are as much a part of Christmas as you ever were,
And New Year’s marks another year of loving you.
We see you in Valentine’s and Easter’s flowers.
What people don’t understand is that you are with us –
When we hear your favorite songs,
When we see you in photos,
When we snuggle in your old sweaters.
They couldn’t possibly know that you are all around us when we are in the bush,
Sitting around a fire pit,
You are with each one of us; alive in our hearts, present when we are together,
And Loved as much as ever.
~ From All of Us