I met him when I was fifty,
And he was only six.
He had a toothy toothless smile
His teeth too young to fix.
But smile he did and often laughed,
Frequently he would giggle.
He was filled with joy in every pore
No wonder he had to wriggle.
He easily engaged in table talk,
Being happy as could be.
His world was his growing audience
With whom he was care free.
At a restaurant we ate
Then home to watch a movie
Side by side, on the carpeted floor,
Me and this little pixie.
I put my hands behind my head.
At once he did the same.
Then, out of nowhere he questioned me
With a query he considered tame.
His mom was talking on the phone
Unable to hear what was said.
Very fortunate for her or else
She might have just dropped dead.
Part way through a baseball film,
"What's a bra?", he asked in a voice not low.
I said he should ask his mom for now.
His reply? "Oh she won't know".
I barely contained my laughter
At his amazing sense of humor.
All I had heard of this fun little lad
Was not just senseless rumor.
Now here was a child without a dad
And I had never been a father.
His attachment to me the next many months
I never considered a bother.
It seemed to me, as time went on
That we surely belonged together
And six months after the wedding day
Jonathan and I were tethered.
I adopted Jonathan as my son
And I became his dad.
He loved me deeply and fervently
As the only one he'd had.
So now he's twenty five or so
And some things have never changed.
He still has that amazing range of thought
Yet knows that life's not just a game.
I so admire his will to learn
And never to give in.
When life is never always fair
He finds a way to win.
One thing I know will never fade
Is the love I have for him.
He is my son and I'm his dad
And will be when we're both old men.
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