International Children’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in December. Children around the world are entitled to be children, to have food, water, and shelter. Our kids need care and guidance from two loving parents, an extended family, and a nurturing community. Society needs to look after children’s safety, their health, and their education. And we need to listen to our children. Celebrate International Children’s Day with your descendants. Celebrate with a poem.

Daddy’s Heart — by Charlie & Don Mathis

Where was I born?
Right here in San Antonio.

No, where was I born?
At the Methodist Hospital.

Mommy said I was born in her tummy.
Yes, that’s right.

Mommy said only girls can have babies.
Men can have babies too.

Daddies can’t have babies!
Sure, they can.

But not in their tummy.
No, in their heart.

How did I get into her tummy?
Uhm… I put my heart next to her heart…

And then you put me in her tummy?
Yes, that’s right! 

Because we loved each other and we wanted a baby to love. 

So, you had me?

You still love me?
Yes, I do, with all my heart!

I love you too!


Photo by Dobromir Dobrev.

About the Author: Don Mathis

Don’s life revolves around the many poetry circles in South Texas. His poems have been published in a hundred periodicals and broadcasted on TV and radio. Don has written news and reviews for various media and countless editorials about fatherhood. His political correspondence has prompted personal replies from George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and numerous other lawmakers. Find his work in the Daily Dad, the Good Men Project, and many other publications.

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