“… still fond of your dad.”

What I Want

I don’t want a pipe and I don’t want a watch,
I don’t want cigars or a bottle of Scotch.
I don’t want a thing your money can buy.
I don’t want a shirt of a four-in-hand tie.
If you really would like this old heart of mine to be glad,
I just want to know you’re still fond of your dad.

You women folk say, and believe it I can,
“It’s so terribly hard to buy things for a man!”
And from all that I’ve heard, I’m sure it must be.
Well, I don’t want you spending your money on me.
The joy that I crave in a store can’t be had.
I just want to know you’re still fond of your dad.

Get on with your shopping; give others the stuff!
For me just a hug and a kiss are enough!
Just come in at Christmas with love in your eye
And tell me you think I’m a pretty swell guy.
With that for my gift I can never be sad.
I just want to know you’re still fond I’m your dad.

–Edgar A. Guest
in The Heart of a Father (p. 41; 1970)