Scratched out on the back of helicopters to nowhere – yet everywhere.
Sometimes I find myself wishing you forever young,
making angels when snow finds the ground.
In distant lands I’m angered that fate has somehow stolen time –
cheated me of treasured memories formed in a narrow slice of life.
I wish for paper dolls and noontime naps,
sitting by your bed watching dreamful expressions in innocent slumber.
I yearn for selfish things –
things that would deny you mortal trials.
Challenges, setbacks that would otherwise let you grow
I’d take them all away.
Replace them with loving friends and peaceful paths.
I wish I could remove the ache from a broken heart –
turn every childish insult into a flattering remark.
I wish I could heal a cut and soothe a bruise –
turn your frowns into smiles, your tears to diamonds.
I’d transform dark clouds into sunbeams.
I’d slay every monster that dared to visit your dreams.
Sometimes I wish I were young again
if only to play with you like I was your friend.
To show you a time when I was a cowboy
popping springs as I blazed a trail on a rocking horse.
I was good at being a boy.
I wish I could be there every day
to see you wake and pave your way.
I wish you knew just how much I love you,
but then again you will someday.
With children of your own,
you’ll understand a parent’s love
burn inside with emotion words can’t describe.
If my wishes came true you’d fail to grow and learn,
see the good because you saw the bad
enjoy pleasure because you’ve tasted pain.
If my hopes came true I’d deny you the love I feel for you.
So go forth and become the one you’re meant to be.
Stumble you will, even fall from time to time,
but remember who you are and all that you’ve learned.
You’re a child of God, a Spirit from on high,
sent to experience the trials of this time.
Never forget the love in your heart,
and the love of your Dad
even when we’re apart.