Mum & Step-dad


You may not have been there at the start of my young life,
But as soon as you walked in and made my mum your wife,
I knew that you were perfect, the only one who could
Be a second father and raise me well and good.

We shared a love of dinosaurs, you helped me read the books,
Taught me of ‘evil biscuits’ and ignored my mother’s looks!
You worked so very hard, I missed you while you were away,
You always sent me postcards, and letters so I knew you were here to stay.

You fought for me in high school, found me a better place,
You gave me opportunities and I thought you were ace!
We all went off to China, Lanzerote, USA,
You might be a hard worker but you still knew how to play!

Through troubles big and troubles small, through illness in my head,
You’ve been right there beside me, I know the tears you’ve shed.
You may not understand me but still you help me fight,
And in my darkest hours, you’ve been my guiding light.

You let me move back home with you, supported me through hell,
You’ve seen me at my worst and, as yet, rarely seen me well.
You let me join your bowling group, and took me every week,
You’ve always had a faith in me, even when it all looked bleak.

And then we nearly lost you, but you weren’t ready to go,
Thank God he didn’t take you, you’re more loved than you know.
And so we trekked to Spain and back for warmth and sunny climes,
And after all that awful stress, we’ve had some real good times.

There’s so much more you’ve done for me, far more than I can say,
But I do not wish to bore you, or take up all your day!
This poem was to tell you, that you are loved so much,
Despite the fact that sometimes you talk in double Dutch.

So even though I call you by your first name, please be sure
That I consider you my father, each day more and more.
And know that despite the fact you weren’t there from the start,
That you have made being a father not just a calling, but an art.

Mum & Step-dad

Prose for Thought


  1. Maddy@writingbubble

    Oh, you’ve brought tears to my eyes – such love! What a wonderful man your father is – it just goes to show that being a parent is about how you relate to a person and not about blood. He sounds like a lovely, supportive man and you are clearly a very loving daughter. xx

    1. Mrs TeePot

      Thank you for your lovely comment. He is a very wonderful man, I’m so lucky to have him 🙂

  2. Molly @ The Move to America

    This is absolutely beautiful, and made me emotional too. What a wonderful way to put your feelings and expalin your thoughts.

    This has given me much to think about.

  3. TheBoyandMe

    Well, that just made me cry! It goes to show that being a father, or rather a dad, is more than just ‘donating’ sperm, it is a state of mind. He sounds like a wonderful father and you’re so lucky to have him!

    1. Mrs TeePot

      Thank you for your lovely comment, and yes, I’m very lucky 🙂

    1. Mrs TeePot

      Thank you. Yes I did, he cried!

  4. Sarah of Catching the Magic

    Oh, I’m so glad to read down through the comments and see he read this. What a wonderful man and a great tribute to him x

  5. Verily Victoria Vocalises

    This, THIS is how I hope Grace will see Ross in years to come. What a truly beautiful poem. This has to be my favourite for very personal reasons. Thanks for linking to Prose for Thought and hope to see you tomorrow xx

    1. Mrs TeePot

      I’m absolutely sure that as Grace grows she will see just how special Ross is, and how lucky she is to have you both.
      Thank you for your lovely comment 🙂

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