My Father

My father had another heart attack yesterday.


He survived.


But I am very sad, very worried, and thinking about flying home.


My dad is a very gentle man. A man full of quiet wisdom.


One of my earliest memories was watching The House on Pooh Corner with my dad. Do you remember Eeyore's song? The one about climbing a hill?


My dad loved that song.


"Always remember that," my dad said. "A winner always tries."


I've never forgotten.


I must have been around seven years old when that show aired. Twenty-seven years later, the song still pops into my head whenever I start to doubt myself.


Thanks, Dad. You've taught me everything.


I love you.



When there's a hill


I have to climb


Although it seems too high


I hide my doubt


and start right up


And here's the reason why


I won't say 'no'


I won't say 'can't'


I won't say 'I won't try'


I just say, 'yes I can'


and I get there by and by


When something new


looks hard to do


I'm not afraid to start


I just begin


and lose or win


I try with all my heart


I won't say 'no'


I won't say 'can't'


I won't say I won't try


I just say, 'yes I can'


and I do it by and by


I just say, 'yes I can'


and I do it by and by


I won't say 'maybe'


I won't say 'no, not I'


I may be slow


but this I know


I'm not afraid to give it a try


Give it a try


Give it a great big try


So, if you try


to seek a prize


that seems too hard to win


the hardest part is


How to start


Stop worrying


Just begin


and don't say 'no'


and don't say 'can't'


and don't say 'I won't try'


Just say 'yes, I can'


and you just might win that prize


just say, 'yes I can'


Cause a winner always tries