“Daddy! There’s the big yellow ‘M’!”

“May I take your order ple—?”

“One Big Mac, Coke and fries!” Dad  yells, “and—”

“Happy Meal for me!”

“Coach” Dad would bus our team for shakes
(whether we lost or won)
cocooned in camaraderie,
Great times, those days such fun!

The day I cashed my first pay check,
I flashed the pick-up’s keys:
“Hey, Pop, this time the Mac’s on me!”
“Then, I’ll have three!” he teased.

When it’s time to run some errands
and he’s missed his 40 winks,
what perks up Father in no time?
His Senior Coffee drink.

To slake our late-night “snack-attacks,”
(or when we’re sad—or happy)
I head the coupe down Memory Lane…
“One Happy Meal!” yells Pappy.

“Nostalgia’s just not what it was,”
oh, that’s what some folks say.
Those arches, though, for Dad and me?
They still can make our day!



Tonia Kalouria, a former Spanish teacher and “soap” actress, is now a poet in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Her most recent—and rhyming—poems appear in Literary Veganism and Fox Hollow Stories, and two anthologies: “Quoth the Raven” and “Poems from the Lockdown.”

NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets.

NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to mbryant@classicalpoets.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here.


4 Responses

  1. Susan Jarvis Bryant

    Tonia, I love the title – it frames the memories of yesteryear perfectly. I also love how the years bring a role reversal with; “Hey, Pop, this time the Mac’s on me!” I love the memory lane moment, and the closing stanza is a heart-touching triumph. I also love the humor. This is a truly beautiful poem for Father’s Day. Thank you!

    • Tonia

      Dear Susan,
      I really appreciate your insightful comments. Thank you so much.

  2. Veronica Sidhu

    Very clever title that sets up the whole “trip”! You captured how life changes through the years, yet found the arches to anchor the love between father and son. Excellent, Tonia!

    • Tonia Kalouria

      Dear Veronica,
      Thank you so much for your comments. I like your” arches as anchor” analogy especially.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.