--For My Dad

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"Dance With My Father", Luther Vandross

Back when I was a child, before life removed all the innocence
My father would lift me high and dance with my mother and me and then
Spin me around ‘til I fell asleep
Then up the stairs he would carry me
And I knew for sure I was loved
If I could get another chance, another walk, another dance with him
I’d play a song that would never, ever end
How I’d love, love, love
To dance with my father again
When I and my mother would disagree
To get my way, I would run from her to him
He’d make me laugh just to comfort me
Then finally make me do just what my mama said
Later that night when I was asleep
He left a dollar under my sheet
Never dreamed that he would be gone from me
If I could steal one final glance, one final step, one final dance with him
I’d play a song that would never, ever end
‘Cause I’d love, love, love
To dance with my father again
Sometimes I’d listen outside her door
And I’d hear how my mother cried for him
I pray for her even more than me
I pray for her even more than me
I know I’m praying for much too much
But could you send back the only man she loved
I know you don’t do it usually
But dear Lord she’s dying
To dance with my father again
Every night I fall asleep and this is all I ever dream

*In memory of my father, who died this past Friday, May 10, 2013. I’ll always be your “pistola”, Daddy. I love you.


  1. Hugs and prayers for you and your family

  2. That song gets me every time. We all love you, and join you in knowing that your Dad is finally at peace and pain-free. Prayers your way, Pistola.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  4. So sorry for your loss. Sending love & strength your way.

  5. I'm very sorry to hear this Melissa, I have been following your posts about you visiting him and taking care of him in the hospital. Many, many hugs:)

    1. I'm so sorry Melissa... May he rest in peace.

  6. I am so sorry for your loss, Melissa. Although I don't know you personally, your positive and kind nature shines through your blog. Your dad must be so proud of the woman, mother and wife you have become. The biggest honor you can do him now is to continue living true to the values he instilled in you and to remember him always. My thoughts are with you.

  7. I am so sorry Melissa. Thinking of you.

  8. Sending a big hug your way! I know it has been a long few months and I hope he is at peace now.

  9. I am so sorry to hear about your Dad! Sending my prayers to you and your family through this difficult time. Hugs!

  10. So sorry for your loss. You could tell from your writing that you loved him very much. Thinking of you.


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