by Kelly McCarty

A happy June to all our Metro readers.

On May 28th, my mom and I got a chance to go to my big brother Mike's retirement party at the Grand Rapids Press. Jerry came in from California, and he and I did a song for Mike. It seemed to go over well. After the party, Karen treated for a great lunch. What a nice event, and what great people work for the Press. Mike... enjoy your retirement, and have phun in Italy.

Here's some news... Margaret and I are expecting a daughter! In June, we are adding Amanda to the family as she and my oldest son Chris take their wedding vows, and we couldn't be happier. We are so proud of Chris, and we just love Amanda. I wish them many happy years together.

Their wedding will take place on Father's Day weekend, and one sad part for me is that my own dad won't be there to share in our joy. Robert McCarty passed away in 1991, and I miss him dearly. Chris was only 11 when "Grandpa" left, but my dad left a lasting impression on him. And he would have just adored Amanda. My dad grew up in a different era, and although he did not actually say the words "I love you" very often, anyone could see just how much he did love his kids and grandkids.

So, my final thought is about dads, and Father's Day, and love.

Fathers seldom say...

Fathers seldom say "I love you"
Though the feeling's always there,
But somehow those three little words
Are the hardest ones to share.

And fathers say "I love you"
In ways that words can't match -
With tender bedtime stories -
Or a friendly game of catch!

You can see the words "I love you"
In a father's boyish eyes
When he runs home, all excited,
With a poorly wrapped surprise.

A father says "I love you"
With his strong helping hands -
With a smile when you're in trouble
With the way he understands.
He says "I love you" haltingly,
With awkward tenderness -

He speaks his love unselfishly
By giving all he can
To make some secret dream come true,
Or follow through a plan.

A father's seldom-spoken love
Sounds clearly through the years -
Sometimes in peals of laughter,
Sometimes through happy tears.

Perhaps they have to speak their love
In a fashion all their own.
Because the love that fathers feel
Is too big for words alone!

Happy Father's Day!!!


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