I realise it’s very late but I completely forgot to post this year’s valentine poem to my daughter.
In previous years (Easter Poem, Valentine poem 2013, Valentine poem 2012) I’ve written slightly longer ones but this year I decided to write a shorter one on a piece of paper folded over so that she would read each line one at a time. It was silly and fun but what do kids like more than something that is silly and fun!?
Poem from a dad to his daughter
You fill my life with joy,
I’m so glad you’re not a boy!
Your laughter and smile
Make my life worthwhile
I took two things specifically into consideration when I wrote this:
- She had been asking a lot recently what I’d do if she’d been a boy. There have been several conversations about this while we’ve been driving about and I don’t think I managed to get to the bottom of why she was asking and I also don’t think I’d managed to successfully answer whatever question it was she had but wasn’t asking.
- Now that she’s reading really well, I wanted to write the poem in such a way that she could read it without help and really understand what it meant, why I’d folded it up line by line and also acknowledge that I’d thought about our conversations about what if she’d been a boy.
If you’ve got poems you’ve written for your kids, do share them with me – I’d love some more inspiration and there’s really no need to wait for special occasions to write to your kids!