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Biking with Daddy (A Memorial to my Daddy on Father’s Day)

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For my Daddy, William Payton, who passed away March 30, 1979

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Father’s Day reminds me of my special “Daddy Bill”

Who took me on his bicycle over dale and over hill.

He built a wooden “buddy seat” for the crossbar of his bike—

On this I rode around with him when I was but a tyke.

We didn’t have a car to drive, but I didn’t feel the lack;

It was a wondrous thing to ride with Daddy at my back.

On that seat, I learned the alphabet while riding ‘round the town

And learned to count from one to ten and then from ten back down.

How much joy there was in riding like a queen upon her steed,

Protected by the bulk of my Daddy’s arms and knees.

I wish every little girl could have a special buddy seat

And go on rides powered by her Daddy’s peddling feet,

For that was a relationship that every child should know—

My Daddy liked to be with me because he loved me so.

 Betty Killebrew

Read more articles, stories and poems by Betty Killebrew at:  www.trovemagazine.com

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