A Fine Balance

June 13th, 2011

His arms wrap around their lives,
strong, protective, sure.
He throws them high into the air
beyond even their own expectations.

He listens with his heart
to more than just the words.
Believing in their inner strength
when they feel lost or torn.

He’s really quite the magician,
turning meltdowns to shrieks of laughter.
Letting go of past behaviours
to focus fully on the now.

He teaches by example,
gently guiding, waiting, trusting.
No repeated long winded-lectures,
just nodding, knowing and being.

He holds each moment loosely
so that every dream can grow.
Stepping back and to the side,
yet somehow remaining center.

My children are indeed lucky,
more whole because of him.
And our family’s truly complete
with all the balance that he brings.

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  1. joan cook says:

    What a beautiful Father’s Day gift for Ian.  It’s also a poem for the kids to treasure when they are adults. 

  2. meg says:

    Thanks, but I feel these words don’t give credit to his wonderful influence in their life. The kids are so lucky to have such a great dad, for which I am most thankful.

  3. Hey Meg — Your tribute to Ian is as complete and perfect as it can be. Truly beautiful! He sounds like an amazing man, which would explain why his writings (like yours) are so warm, wise and genuine.
    Happy father’s day to him!

  4. Jenn M says:

    I cannot think of anything more beautiful and absolutely perfect to give to a dad/husband for Father’s Day.   He sounds like an amazing soul.
    Peace, love and light to you and yours ….

  5. Victoria says:

    Goosebumps. Thanks, Meg. So nice to “hear” your voice. x

  6. Meg says:

    Thank you all – Yes our family is one lucky family that is for sure!

  7. Jennifer F says:

    ‘Who are you?’ said the voiceNobody, just the one in the backgroundThe one who makes sure your smile’s foundThe one who finds things long forgottenIt’s hard for me to stand back and watchBut I’m still ok if I’ve touchedEven just one of you is enough 

  8. Father’s Day was hard for me as I’ve lost both my father and my husband who were both such great fathers.I wish I had the wisdom to write something so beautiful and profound while they were alive.  Good for you that you found a way to express this, Meg.  Our community misses your gentle influence and the gifts that both of you brought to us in Michigan. Happy Father’s Day, Ian.