For Dad


I have always had this thing for hands

for they tell a story

of loved ones they have comforted

words they have written

work they have completed


I remember watching your hands

pluck at guitar strings

or glide across a piano

I admired their strength

when I watched you chop wood

and how gentle

when you applied a band-aid to the scrapes on my knees


Now I look at your hands

aged with spots


but still so strong

and gentle

and I love that you still carry

band-aids in your wallet

for your accident prone daughter


and as I sit next to you

holding your hand

I have to fight back tears

because these hands won’t be around

to hold me forever

and I know that as your hands age

so do mine

and the hands on the clock

just keep ticking

For my dad, on his birthday.

Love & life lessons,


(I am not a big fan of country nor blue grass music, however; I am proud of my Appalachian roots, and I am fond of this Appalachian folk song because my dad often plays it.)

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8 Responses to For Dad

  1. Brad Osborne says:

    What a beautiful and heart-felt gift to your father on his birthday! This was so honest and moving in so many ways. It touched my heart deeply and is one of your best! Love to you and birthday wishes to your father! ❤

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    • kristianw84 says:

      Thank you so much, Brad!! Nothing has made me realize how short life is than the loss of my mother. So I find myself clinging to this time I have left with my father. Im blessed to still have him in my life. Love to you as well. ❤

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  2. CARAMEL says:

    So lovely Kristian!

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  3. simplywendi says:

    Happy Birthday to you Dad………..what a beautiful tribute! 🙂

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  4. Very touching. It’s can be hard to watch our parents get older. Enjoy the time you have together and let him know as often as possible what he means to you.

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