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Balladeer
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The Jackson High School graduating class - 2002
Had big grins on their faces now that high school days were through.
One by one their names were called, diplomas placed in hands
While family, friends and parents sat there smiling in the stands.

My daughter was there, too,and I was smiling with the rest.
Each parent there had little doubt that their child was the best
But I had special reasons to sit there and feel proud
As I applauded wildly when they called her name out loud.

Eighteen years ago I stood in operating room
Ready to assist my newborn's exit from the womb.
Natural childbirth was the rage and I was coach, you see
To stand beside and soothe my wife through her delivery.

As soon as she came out I knew things hadn't gone as planned.
There was a large sack on her back I didn't understand.
The doctor said my baby was not normal - there were flaws
Then sat me down to explain what spina bifida really was.

The spine does not form all the way like normal spines will do.
The bladder, kidneys, brain and legs are all affected, too.
He said there would be constant operations, too, and then
He said it was unlikely she would reach the age of ten.

He said she'd never walk - she started walking at age eight.
With braces on her legs, she learned to ride a bike and skate.
She took karate classes, played basketball with neighbor kids
And got mad at the thought of being called an invalid.

I've yet to hear the first time she has asked for sympathy
And never looked at other kids and asked, "Dear God, why me?"
Accepting her life as it is, she goes on every day
Ignoring every obstacle that may stand in her way.

Her life will not be normal, ruled by catheter and shunt
And there will always be mean kids around to call her runt
But she intends to work in day care helping others who
Must fight their battles every day the way she has to do.

So there it is - diploma passed into her waiting hand.
She has a big smile on her face few there will understand.
So please forgive these prideful boastings of a beaming dad...
The girl who should not be alive is now a high-school grad.

© Copyright 2002 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 05-30-2002 09:38 AM       View Profile for angelswing   Email angelswing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for angelswing

Sniff* ... What a special story; You and your daughter are both very brave and very lucky - You should'nt appologise for your pride; You have every right to be .
A lovely poem, and a lovely story, even made me cry .
L.of.L. Tom .
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'There is only a very thin line between genius and insanity, this is measured only on sucess; I am proud to be considered an under-achieving genius'.

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2 posted 05-30-2002 10:01 AM       View Profile for INclan   Email INclan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for INclan

I believe God reserves special children for special parents. I salute you in a parenting job well done.  Congratulations to the Graduate. I too have learned to treasure each day that was not supposed to be.

My best wishes for the future.

INclan
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Hooray!
Now I gotta blow my nose...
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4 posted 05-30-2002 10:31 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

A very pretty gal,
And obviously special too,
It's really quite amazing,
She was fathered by one like you!

I know you must be proud,
Of this special little lass,
With the things she's overcome,
I'd say this gal's got class!

Oh, and by the way...the poem's fantastic too dad...it's easy when ya got a special subject though aint it?....
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Kudos to the Graduate
and the man who saw her through!
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What a beautiful poem... what a beautiful daughter! *S* This kind of pride and love look good on you, Deer One... or maybe you're just reflecting her loveliness? *G*
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STANDING OVATION.....STUNNING...BEAM AWAY DAD....SHE IS BEAUTIFUL AND THERE IS EVERY REASON YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF HER....HUGS...
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Mike,
You got one gorgious daughter.
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Sy knows it's spelled pulchritudinous!
Beautiful story....a marvelous heartwarming read!!
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’Deer dearest heart your writing is without doubt so incredibly moving, it simply beams fatherly pride and love. And I can see why, she is a beautiful girl, obviously she takes after her daddy, talented, gutsy and loyal. Wonderful absolutely wonderful writing and I love it. When you write with your heart dear ‘Deer you excel. You are always a cut above and in this you are exceptionally amazing. Your words make me fill up, and truly this is incredibly special.

I love it utterly utterly.
Love and warm stuff
As always
Mushy


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Thy coolness and they balm
Let sense be dumb let flesh retire
Speak through the eathquake wind and fire
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Michael

This is a most special poem and photo...you are very lucky to see the spirit that is in your daughter grow to this point, she is lovely...and she is lucky to have such a wonderful dad.  Heart hugs to both of you!!  
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This is wonderful, Balladeer. You have every reason to be proud of your daughter. She is very lovely. And, very lucky to have a father like you.

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So there it is - diploma passed into her waiting hand.
She has a big smile on her face few there will understand.
So please forgive these prideful boastings of a beaming dad...
The girl who should not be alive is now a high-school grad.
===================================

Sharon...would you please inform Michael of the kleenex warning icon rule....
Nothing I will say will touch how your words of her bravery and your pride touched me .. so I will just say thank you for sharing this and heart-hugs and congrats to you both.

Cant stand up for fallin apart
Cant see through this veil across my heart, over you-
Youll always be the one.
You were the first, youll be the last

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First...she's a lovely girl (takes after mum right?)Second, please give her my heartiest congratulations, not just for getting her diploma, but for being an inspiration! and third? Where was the hankie alert? I didn't have anything handy so had to wipe my tears on my shirt!!!


Congratulations 'deer, she's a beautiful young lady. Your pride shows in your smile!
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Congratulations to both of you!

Desperate for changing
Starving for truth
Closer where I started
Chasing after you

Lifehouse

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Could use a napkin too PdV, any left?

Deer, Deer, that certainly was worth the long drive up to Ohio.

CONGRATULATIONS to you sweet girl, I can see you are a fighter. Every reason to have a proud Dad.

Now look at those beautiful shining eyes....(your daughter's I mean )

Drive home safely Michael.

Titia

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Check out my new website: lookheretitia.fcpages.com (I didn't 'link' this, so it won't take too much space).I

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You have every right to be a proud Poppa. What a beautiful and courageous daughter you have raised Mike. (hey, who’s the funny looking guy in the pic beside the lovely lady??? At first I thought it was you…but no…he’s too sauve and debonair!!!

Everything is possible in the game of life
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Now life has really begun Big B.  Congratulations!  Oh, the write was good too...hee, hee. Really - enjoyed it.

jwesley
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Michael, at this moment I have no words...
Besides...I can't see the screen through my tears...
Congratulations to the graduate....
and to one terrific Dad!
~Hugs to you both~

~Somewhere in my heart I'm always
dancing with you in the summer rain~

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Mike - You know... You invariably make me proud to call you my Deerest friend - Writing this poem was quite a feat - It's fantastic...

You and your wondrous gorgeous daughter are very fortunate to have each other... I guess you know that, eh?  Give her a special hug from me - I KNOW that this is one of the best days you've seen in these eighteen years. I bet you shed a tear or two, didn't ya??? Fess up, Sweetie...
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I don't know which to call fabulous first - the poem or the photo! BOTH are marvelous. Your pride is so very justified! What a strong pair you make. Gorgeous! And so good you didn't listen to the message of doom from doctors. (Neither did my ex-husband/best friend/fishing buddy who has SB - he's 43 and still going strong.)
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GRADUATION!!! Now the party begins!!!

Great poem Balladear
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I've yet to hear the first time she has asked for sympathy
And never looked at other kids and asked, "Dear God, why me?"
Accepting her life as it is, she goes on every day
Ignoring every obstacle that may stand in her way.

She is obviously so very special, Michael and that is why she was given such a special dad....
I have a good friend who has spina bifida.  She is now 58 yrs old and has just retired from Pharmacia Corp...formerly The Upjohn Co. where she was a medical researcher.  She was a colleague of my first husband, and has been responsible for many scientific discoveries.  She is also married and has a teenage daughter.  
I think your daughter will grow up to make other's happy and make valuable contributions to society.  
Excuse me now please, Michael...I have to dry my tears.....and BTW...the poem was wonderful....you just missed that kleenex warning!

~ happy teary hugs

Lyra

copyright2002 Lyra Nesius

"poetry is life distilled"  Gwendolyn Brooks

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Michael~
You please me as a proud father,
even more than as a poet~
(but you're not too shabby at either)

What a loving tribute to a stunningly lovely daughter~

She is truly a remarkable young woman with the spunk and spirit to make her mark in this big old world~

Congratulations !
*Hugs*
~*Marge*~

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Wow, Deer. If anyone can read this without tears in their eyes, I'll eat my hat.

Beautiful - the poem
and your daughter.

Cor
 
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