I was 4 years old when you met me. You didn't get to watch my birth or bond with me as a newborn or rock me to sleep. You didn't watch my first steps or hear my first words. There were a lot of things you didn't get to experience with me but that didn't keep you from loving and accepting me. The look in your eyes has always been the look of a father loving his daughter: not an 'adopted daughter', not a 'daughter that I took in but wish I hadn't', not a 'daughter that I adopted but wish was my blood'. No, your eyes have always just had the "I love my daughter" look, ever since the day I met you.
I remember that day, the day you met me and how as I was picked up from Pre-K my foster mom told me there was a man at the house who wanted to meet me and maybe become my dad. I was so excited. She wanted to take pictures of me as we were getting tot he house and all I wanted was to go see you, to meet this man that was thinking about becoming MY dad. I may have been a little too assertive but I ran in and jumped on your lap. It was a little scary, not because you were scary looking, but because you looked like you could be my dad! You had fair skin like me. Freckles like me. A LOT of them. Blue eyes... just like me. It was destined to be! Oh how I wish we had pictures of us both from that day.
A Father's Day song
Rewritten version of Piece by Piece by Kelly Clarkson
from the adopted daughter
The first thing I did was climb in your lap.
Hoping that you were there one to become my dad.
Shuffled through countless homes before meeting you.
I prayed you'd adopt me. Thank God you wanted to.
Because piece by piece you collected me
Up off the ground, yeah you saved me
Piece by piece you filled the holes
That were burned in me until 5 years old
You never walked away
You call me your daughter
You took care of things
Cause you love me
Piece by piece you restored my faith
That adoption or birth can create a real family
And all my life I dreamed
That someone in the world would choose to want me
And then you did but I was scared, so torn
Back then I'd been abandoned so often I felt so.... worthless
And piece by piece I've become like him
Growing my family through adoption
And they will never have to wonder their worth
Because I love them all, adopted or birthed
I'll never walk away
I'll protect their hearts
I'll take care of things because I love them
And piece by piece I'll restore their faith
That love is all that's needed when families are made