ELLIE,"THE POET IN ME"
FATHER'S DAY;(June 18, 2011)
If you ask me; why I added the date, to the
title of this poem?
I did that, because this year; thousands of
Fathers are overseas, some are fighting
a war and others have died for Democracy;
for Freedom and for Peace of mankind.
So, this year, I am going to talk about
my own recollections of my Father growing
up, also your Fathers, who are here with
you and the ones overseas and the ones who
have given their lives and are not with us,
here on this earth, anymore.
My Father was a loving, protective and
caring person, always with a smile on his
face. I do not remember seeing him upset
on anything, a very talkative and open
minded person. With all of our relatives
and us kids coming in and out of our home;
He had no time to be sad.
He was strong and reliable like those old
trees, you find in the old squares
These trees grow strong year after year and
you expect to see them on the same spot,
when you visit the square.
You relied on their presence; being there,
to give you the shade and coolness; so,
you can enjoy a pleasant afternoon,
seating under them.
I relied on my Father for his love and
protection and his eagerness to fulfill
my wishes and expected him to come home
day in and day out; after work.
But, it did not happen, like that.
One day he suddenly died. His heart failed
him and he was not there for me anymore.
Like those trees in the old square, one day;
progress removes them, so they get replaced
by something modern.
My life did not stop, when my Father died.
I went on growing up and did what people do
to survive. Sure I missed him a lot.
I missed his love and everything else that
came with it. I have never forgotten the way,
he would throw back his head, bursting into
laughter; that was my Father.
But, other life events were forced upon me,
that eventually only a fond memory of him
remained with me, in my heart.
All fathers are given kids, to care, love
and protect; by God. Like some one gives you
a gift on your birthday; to love and care for.
Some fathers are happy to receive these gifts
and some are not, but eventually, they see the
treasure God gave them and they slowly learn
to love, their gifts from God.
Remember; the pleasures you give to your Father,
will reflect back to you.
Because, your Father learns to love you for the
things you do; the ways you behave and act
around him; all of which remind Him of
himself. He sees in you a true reflection of
And in a couple of years, you will become the
Father to you own children.
You must treasure every minute you spend with
him, around you. Hovering over your head;
teaching you, loving you, being a full time
coach to your life. From day one, when you
opened your eyes, He, with great expectation
watched you, for every sound that came out
of your mouth, until one day, after endless
coaching, you uttered the words "Dada, Dada".
What a celebration, the whole world of friends
and relatives learned of the exciting event.
The years go by and Fathers grow up with their
kids, experiencing what good and bad life
throws at them.
No matter how old your Father is, remember, you
only have one. He can not be replaced by others
nor can He be imitated, no matter the good nature
of the imitators, there is only one Fatherly love.
There are lots of things you can do to show him,
how much you understand his role and how much
he has loved you and cared and watched over you,
over the years.
The market is full of material things, but a big
hug and a thank you Dad, you have been a great pal
to me; is worth much more that anything else.
For the kids, whose Father is overseas, a great
video message with a few well chosen words will
make any Father proud and happy for having such
a great kid(s) waiting for him, back home.
For the kids, whose Father was overseas, whose
father dutifully gave his life for his country;
I would say, there are no words in this world
that will console your grief other than, you
must walk with your head up hight, proud you
were His kid.
You are an orphan now, on account your Father
died a Hero.
Be proud. Your Father is an Angel in Haven and
died because he loved freedom and died for it.
Treasure his belongings that will remind you of
him, his ideals, his philosophies and his love
for his country, family and especially for you.
Happy Father's Day to all, no matter where he is,
home, overseas or dead. He is always in your hearts.
Note:The year June 18, 2011, Father's Day will be remember by all the kids, especially, those kids whose Father is not
with them to celebrate this joyful day. Memories of past happy days should substitute for the absence of loved ones,
and hope for a better tomorrow, should replace emptiness of today.
Copyright @ 1996/2016, Ellie Kondy