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Dear Annie, an ode to all fathers

Dear readers, Below are some of the touching and beautiful homage you paid for Father's Day. It was so nice to read all the love, gratitude and humor that you expressed about your fathers. Happy Father's Day.

Dear Annie, Fred Koenig, my 94 year old father, has been writing poetry for many years. We printed a book of his poems that we found until 2017 and hope to print another one for his 95th birthday. One of his poems is for Father's Day (he also has one for Mother's Day and one for Mother.)

Here is his homage to fathers:

From the beginning you have guided me

A model of the person I would like to be

T me how to cope with life

How to avoid traps and conflicts

Now, I pause before moving

Remember your words: stay in the rhythm

Here is a memoir presented by C. David Hay of The Villages, Florida, for Father's Day:

& # 39; Father's Spectrum & # 39;

The shadow of my father

Give the measure to my stride;

I strived to be the man that he was

Until the day of his death.

Little boys grow up too fast,

I have never stopped seeing

Aging eyes that fog up

With his love for me

The seasons of life are perennial,

The son becomes the man;

I still hear his challenge –

"Be the best you can."

The world is full of wonders

That only a father can teach;

He pointed the stars –

And showed me how to reach.

–C. David Hay

You asked for submissions for Father's Day, well, here's mine. I wrote this a few years ago looking at old family photos and I realized that Dad had changed and that I had not even noticed him. I think that he would be surprised to find it published in your chronicle around Father's Day:

& # 39; Dad's face & # 39;

An old crumpled photo

Staring at me

With my young father,

My sister and me.

Dad's young face is

Smooth and serene,

Unlined wrinkles

That said what he saw.

See, I did not notice

The lines sweep his face

I just saw my dad

Not old in its place.

But now, he's a grandfather

And as great as possible

And grandfathers need wrinkles

For grandchildren to see

But he's still my dad

And dads have to change

From dad to grandfather

Dads must have range

So although the photo

Do I still see

We grew up,

My dad, my sister and me

–Dad's daughter in Wyoming

Dear Annie, As I approached Father's Day, I thought you might like to reprint an article translated from a Dutch magazine. This nostalgic jewel appeared in The News-Times in Danbury, Connecticut. I have cherished it for many years and hope you will share it with your readers. – Donna W., Washington, D.C.

& # 39; Father & # 39;

4 years old: my father can do anything.

7 years old: my father knows a lot, a lot.

8 years old: my father does not know everything.

12: Oh, well, of course, Father does not know either.

14 years old: father? Desperately old fashioned.

21: Oh, this man is obsolete. What are you waiting for?

25 years old: he knows a little, but not much.

30 years old: Maybe we should know what dad thinks.

35 years old: a little patience. Let's see Dad's assessment before doing anything.

50 years old: I wonder what dad would have thought of that. He was pretty smart.

60 years old: my father knew absolutely everything!

65: I would give anything if my father was here so I could talk to him about it. I really miss this man.

Dear Donna, I love it! I have seen myself in each line and I am certain that others will be too. You bless to send it in time for his day.

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