• W. Austin Gardner

It’s So Nice to Have a Dad around the House



Dads are special people no home should be without,

For every family will agree they’re so nice to have about . . .

They are a happy mixture of a small boy and a man,

And they’re very necessary in every family plan . . .

Sometimes they’re most demanding and stern and firm and tough,

But underneath they’re soft as silk, for this is just a bluff . . .

But in any kind of trouble Dad reaches out his hand,

And you can always count on him to help and understand . . .

And while we do not praise Dad as often as we should,

We love him and admire him, and, while that’s understood,

It’s only fair to emphasize his importance and his worth,

For if there were no loving dads, this would be a loveless earth.

Helen Steiner Rice, Virginia Ruehlmann, and Patsy Clairmont, The Poems and Prayers of Helen Steiner Rice (Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2004).


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