Dad you’ve always been to me.
Opened your heart, home and family.
Never turned me away from thee.
Don, you’ve always been my “adopted dad”
For which I’ve been thankful and glad.
No better one could anyone ever have had.
I’ve never opened up to men.
From all of my fears and hurts within.
But my trust and love you did win.
I’m thankful for all, thru the years, you have done.
Welcomed me in to your family and home.
There’s no wonder my trust and love you won.
And in all of this I hope you see,
You mean an awful lot to me.
And by your acceptance and love I’ll much better be.
July 25, 1988