|He was younger than I am now in this picture. I hope to age as gracefully.|
Going to a luncheon in Rhode Island for my dad -
State where he was born and bred and brought up as a lad.
Navy men, it seems to me, no matter where they roam
Always have a special place they think of as their home.
For my dad, Rhode Island is that place - retired there.
Now the state will honor him for his outstanding care;
Volunteer of this past year... He's busier than me.
Works as hard as ever, yet he's doing it for free.
Altar boy in times of need and - though his legs are bad -
I don't think that I could ever keep up with my dad.
We are very proud of him - and of his patient wife;
View him as a model for a fine, up-standing life.
Therefore, as fair warning to Rhode Island, let me say
Kids from Massachusetts may try stealing them away.