We had always dreamed, my wife and I
Since we forged our bond, in matrimony
To have our lives blessed, with more than us two
And to live long lives, with our own family.
We tried three long years, and then three more
But no babies came along, it just wasn’t to be
We struggled and tried to support one another
But we couldn’t have a child, no matter our plea.
We loved and adored, one another
And so much pressure wasn’t helping anyone
And so after six years of marriage
We accepted the inevitable, lest or union come undone.
Strangely, I find, when you want something so bad
Dreams don’t always come true, and life can be sad
But when the pressure is off, and when you again live full of cheer
Maybe, just maybe, miracles can appear.
I met with a friend, who asked tactfully
If we still wanted our own, little family
With a coy nod and a blush, she said gracefully,
You should go see, an adoption agency.
I talked to my wife who immediately agreed
We have an abundance of love, and joy to set free
On the love and the nurture, of a child of our own
We three would complete each other, thus filling our void.
So three years and a day, from our first application
The adoption agency rang with good news
A child that needed much care and attention
Was ready for us to go and pick up.
Now nothing in life is as easy as it’s portrayed
And our journey to our child had many delays
Tests and paperwork and many disappointments
But as we drove to our child we knew it was worth it.
When little Tommy came out to see us
Four years old, brunette, my wife he incredibly resembled
We loved him from our first meeting that day
So anxious to care for him, I trembled.
He was happy from the start, I’m happy to say
And we fitted around him, in every way
Such a little boy, with such a big heart
But he would never talk, he would simply play.
He smiled and he laughed, it’s strange but true
But he wouldn’t speak, and sometimes seemed blue
And so to ease his transition into his new family
We decided to treat him to a trip to the zoo.
Tommy happily took in all the sights and sounds
Of the animals and the birds, as we walked around
He looked happy but didn’t speak to me or my wife
So we decided to take him to the zoo underground.
For this was where the aquarium could be found
My own favourite place, in this entire park
As a child, I loved to take in the underwater scenes
And so I was delighted when he pointed and said Shark!
The first word he spoke since our two became three
And little Tommy became the centre of our family
To hear this beautiful sound, his first word to us
Our dreams became real, not some sort of fantasy.
His little eyes lit up when I pointed out the sharks
And told Tommy their names and what they're about
Here a Smallspotted Catshark, and there an Epaulette, plus many more
From that day to this, that aquarium is our favourite hangout.
And Tommy, he speaks fluently and on every subject
He laughs, and he cries, and storms in and out
In short, he is just like any other happy child
The one little boy we couldn’t live without.
And sharks, Oh! the sharks
He still loves them so
He’s got Tee-Shirts and picture books and toy sharks too
They are his love and his life and thus my own life too
For saving his speech, well for that I love them too!