"Mom, am I going to see my dad before I leave?"
"Probably not.... I"m sorry."
"But he will be here while I'm gone?"
"Yes. He will take care of all your pets for you and cheer you on from home."
"May I leave him a note."
"Sure. What kind? Instructions for your animals or a love note?"
As she reads it:
To Dad From Beach
You are a big yellow heart and I am a small pink star
You are a grand hot air balloon and I am a little party balloon,
You are a big sun burning bright and I am a little one warmly shining,
You are first place and I am second,
You are a shooting star and I am a little blinking light,
You are a giant pumpkin and I am a pumpkin sprout,
You are a bright big flower and I am a little bud.