‘McStalgia’ by Tonia Kalouria The Society June 20, 2021 Beauty, Culture, Humor, Poetry 4 Comments . “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 email@example.com. 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. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 4 Responses Susan Jarvis Bryant June 20, 2021 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! Reply Tonia June 20, 2021 Dear Susan, I really appreciate your insightful comments. Thank you so much. Tonia Reply Veronica Sidhu June 21, 2021 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! Reply Tonia Kalouria June 21, 2021 Dear Veronica, Thank you so much for your comments. I like your” arches as anchor” analogy especially. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.