Sunday, June 21, 2009

Fathers Day

Happy Fathers Day- To the Father that gave me life...



to the father that raised my Giovanni (Italian Fathers Day was in March)



and to Giovanni, a new father who loves our Charlotte so much!







Before I was myself you made me, me
With love and patience, discipline and tears,
Then bit by bit stepped back to set me free,

Allowing me to sail upon my sea,
Though well within the headlands of your fears.
Before I was myself you made me, me

With dreams enough of what I was to be
And hopes that would be sculpted by the years,
Then bit by bit stepped back to set me free,

Relinquishing your powers gradually
To let me shape myself among my peers.
Before I was myself you made me, me,

And being good and wise, you gracefully
As dancers when the last sweet cadence nears
Bit by bit stepped back to set me free.

For love inspires learning naturally:
The mind assents to what the heart reveres.
And so it was through love you made me, me
By slowly stepping back to set me free.
By Dimitri Shostakovich. Sequenced by J. Marques

2 comments:

The Royce Family! said...

Happy Fathers Day Gio!! You are such a great Papa, and little Charlotte is so lucky to have a daddy like you. You are doing a wonderful job!

Teresa said...

Beautiful poem Rachael. I read it to your father-- who you know is not blog savy-- and he was very touched. And as for Gio's first fathers day ( or actually second since his official first one was in March- Happy Fathers Day! Give little Lottie a thousand and one kisses!!