He knew many times of peril,
And, my Dad took that big chance;
Food and supplies were needed,
So, he never gave a backward glance.
Sometimes I’d go with him,
If the skies were really clear;
I trusted his flying skill,
With him…I had no fear.
He didn’t always tell us,
Of the danger…in his job;
Not the close calls that he had,
The times when his heart would throb!
Sometimes he’d have to land,
On some remote lake;
The going would be difficult,
And, hard decisions he had to make.
One time…he told us much later,
Of a real mercy trip;
It was snowing heavily,
And, he couldn’t even see the airstrip.
But, did that stop him?…No,
For there was a tremendous need;
He was transporting to a hospital,
So…with caution he did proceed.
As we grew older,
More of his stories…he would tell;
He was a modern-day hero,
And, our hearts…with pride…did swell!
Yes, I’ll always remember my Dad,
For his many acts of kindness;
The things he didn’t need to do…but did,
He was a life-line for those who lived in the wilderness.
And, each day…as I climb into my cockpit,
Put on my helmet and gloves;
I’ll think of my Dad…remembering,
His many acts of kindness…and his love!
July 3, 2004
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