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A Bittersweet Holiday

Why Fathers' Day is a mixed bag

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
June 17, 2011

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A Bittersweet Holiday

It's that day of the year
when I'm glad I'm a dad
but I grieve that my own's not around.
And I wish I could tell him
how deeply he's missed
since we laid him six feet 'neath the ground.

I'd love him to know
that my girls have achieved
and have made godly choices in life.
How I wish he could meet
the young man who proposed
and will soon make my daughter his wife.

There is much I would ask him
about real estate,
how to broker a deal on a car,
when to liquidate assets
or buy struggling stocks,
how to read a long putt for a par.

Seems I took Dad for granted
and wrongly believed
he would always be there to ask how.
I deluded myself
thinking there would be time
even when cancer furrowed his brow.

And while I am grateful
for all that he did
(not the least was to teach me to pray),
I've a lump in my throat
and a knot in my gut
as I thank God for Dad this Sunday.

* My dad lost his 14 year battle to prostate cancer on Novermber 4, 2008. I miss him more than words can say!

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Marc Asimakoupoulos from Wenatchee, WA writes:
June 16, 2011
I miss him more than words can say too!
Happy Fathers Day dad...I love you!

Dennis Carlson from Farmington Hills, MI writes:
June 17, 2011
Thanks for the lovely tribute. We also often say to one another, "WWWD--What Would Wally Do?" remembering my Dad.

Carol Noren Johnson from Plant City, Florida writes:
June 17, 2011
Another fine sentiment said so well in a poem. It's about you now, Pastor Greg; you will be making memories for your daughters.

I wrote a spiritual memoir and honored my parents in the last chapter. My dad walked me down the aisle and I wrote "Every girl wants her dad to walk her down the aisle even if one is forty and one is seventy." My dad taught me how to handle stress when he quoted to me Deut. 33:25: "As thy days, so shall thy strength be." I use Scripture to get me through the day with my Alzheimer's husband now. Daily I post my Scripture highlights from my Heavenly Father in the notes section of my Facebook page.

One day we all will be united and can get caught up.

Kathy Borchgrevink from Lake Stevens, Wa. writes:
June 17, 2011
Greg, What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man.
We have great memories of the Dear Pastor who married us.
I also had a wonderful Dad, I think of him as a Gentle Giant.

Barbie Tinius from Payson, AZ writes:
June 17, 2011
Thank You for a very touching poem to honor your Dad.
We miss him so much, but I know he would be so proud of you, your family and all their accomplishments.
We miss him, I miss my Precious Daddy as well but Thank God for my Godly heritage.
Love you,
Cousin Barbie

Judy Barg from Wheaton, IL writes:
June 18, 2011
I love the way you captured your feelings about missing your dad on Father's Day.

It's interesting how I can think of my dad daily and not feel sad, but then I walk into Hallmark two days before Father's Day and am caught off guard by my sudden rush of tears.

Your poem did that to me, too. Thanks. :)

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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.

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