I’m sure that when I came into this world, your face was shining with glee,
You were selfless enough to stand aside, to let Mom have the first sight of me.
Since then you haven’t stopped sacrificing, you did everything to keep me going,
From being a toddler, to girl, to woman; you silently filled all the gaps that were showing.
You gave me every little pleasure I know, and you found happiness in every squeal,
You trusted me to sit on your lap and drive, when I could barely hold the steering wheel.
You were always there- my strongest protector, the first and most trusted line of my defence,
You raised me carefully with everything good, and the bad you meticulously cleansed.
Of all the times I was found begging for support, you blindly offered to be my staff,
You did silly things (like rub your stubble on my face), just about anything to see me laugh.
You lay the whole world right at my feet, and made it so embarrassingly simple to walk,
Your gentle yet strong presence always around me, quietly negated life’s infinite shocks.
You surrendered your life all to my cause, attached yourself to everything within my sights,
No wonder I loved being Daddy’s little girl, (not just because you took my side in fights.)
You’ve been an inspiration and a hero too, rescuing me every time when I sat down and cried,
Brothers, boyfriends or husband for that matter, can’t match your greatness if they tried.
You groomed me for life’s bigger stage, and you did it relentlessly without a single pause,
You watched me perform from behind the scenes, even when YOU deserved all the applause,
God knows the million times when I fell; you managed to make me fight another day,
You were there on all the big occasions, to hold me steady whenever I would sway.
There was nothing else I could’ve asked from life, you mapped everything out before I knew it,
You made sure no opportunity slipped me by, even if I was naive and stupidly threw it.
You won this woman’s heart, right from the start, in a way that will never again be won,
With all that you’ve ever done for me Dad, you left God’s wildest expectations stunned.
I love you for all the uncompromising love, which flows from your blood and every bone,
Thank you for giving me all this happiness, even before you thought of your own.