Christina A. Sharik

Son, Michael and Grandson, Tristan - December 2005
Son, Michael and Grandson, Tristan - December 2005
A LETTER TO MY COUNTRY

Dear America:

I may be just a little boy
but I have things to say
I don’t just jump on
trampolines
play with cars, or color
days away

My daddy is a soldier…
I watch him at the crack of dawn
in his uniform of camo
putting heavy boots on.

I’ve seen my daddy go to work,
and stay for many hours
I want him here, at home with me,
building lookout towers

I miss him at my soccer games,
when it’s time to play baseball
Sometimes I don’t understand
why daddy has to give his all.

My daddy’s in the Army
and he works very hard
so mom and I can live with him
in this house, with this yard…

I know lots of other children
who have daddies far away
and some of them have
mommies, too, who
aren’t with them today.

… And so, my Dear America,
I just wanted you to know
that I may be just a little child
but I love my daddy so…

I’m so proud of my dear daddy
and all he does for you.
I’m proud of all the other daddies
both at home, and other places, too.

I may be just a little boy
but I just wanted to say:
Thank you for protecting me
and Happy Father’s Day.

Sincerely,

An American Child
June 1, 2007

Author’s Note: For Tristan…