By Heddy Keith
Stepfather, stepfather, stepfather…
A real father or not
A real father –a biological father
Is a real father, the father who gives you life, or the one that teaches you how to live that life?
A real father teaches you how to behave in public
A real father teaches you to say yes sir, no mam, please, may I, thanks you, and no thanks.
He teaches you to say good morning when you wake.
He teaches you to give thanks for everything you have.
He teaches you to be respectful and mind your manners.
A real father teaches you to be polite and say excuse me when you walk in front of someone.
He teaches his daughters to sit with their legs closed.
A real father teaches you how to drive a car and how to take care of that car.
He says, hey you can’t let everybody drive your car.
And be careful where you buy gasoline, some gas has water in it, and always turn your radio off before you start your car.
Raise your right hand to say thank you when someone lets you pull in front of them.
That’s what a real father teaches.
Real father or biological father who taught you?
This poem is dedicated to my stepfather Robert E. Thomas WWII veteran 1909-2010 who He taught me how to live my life.