Just last week my firstborn daughter
(clad in tasseled cap and gown)
proudly clutched her college sheepskin
in a small Midwestern town.
I could see her back in preschool
as she walked across the stage.
But then when she turned and smiled,
my young princess came of age.
In my head I started adding
just how much her B.A. cost.
But those exponential numbers
avalanched and I got lost.
There is more than just tuition.
You've got books and room and board.
Then there's clothes and spring vacation
(and insurance for the Ford).
That diploma's worth a fortune.
So it makes sense (don't you think)
that my daughter's name be printed
with pure gold and not black ink?
Yes, I mined the bank but never found
the hidden Mother Lode.
It's the price a father pays while
traveling down the Parent Road.
You spend all that you've been saving
to invest in your kids' lives
and then pray they finish their degree
in four years not in five.
Still and all I can't help wonder
now that Kristin's finally through,
having majored in psychology
what can she really do?
Did I hear someone say grad school?
Are you kidding? Don't you know?
I have other bills that beckon
and have two more girls to go.
|PO BOOKS BY GREG ASIMAKOUPOULOS
Sunday Rhymes & Reasons
Published June 4, 2009
Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.
"Gloria and I have been encouraged by word pictures from Greg's pen that have celebrated both our ministry and God's presence in our world." – Bill Gaither, Gospel music composer/performer
"Gifted poet Greg Asimakoupoulos is a dear friend of our family. His poetry blesses, comforts, entertains, and provides inspiration for every season of life." – Natalie Grant, singer/songwriter/recording artist
Teachings of a Three Year Old... Turned Tyke,
by Hal Evan Caplan.
A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.