Dads are awesome in many different ways. They come in all shapes and sizes, and then there are the grandfathers and father-in-laws too.
We’ll be celebrating their presence in our lives in Australia on Sunday, as the day is celebrated on the first Sunday in September, whereas in Greece dads are honoured on the third Sunday in June.
When dads do their job right, they provide a sense of support that we hold within us forever. And when they’re not there, their absence leaves a void.
At Neos Kosmos we decided to pay tribute to our dads by creating a Father’s Day photo gallery.
We welcome all submissions. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on our Facebook page.
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Grandpa, you have abundant wisdom that only age can bring, a love that is never ending, arms that are never empty, and a heart that is always full. I am the luckiest person on this planet because I have you… my strongest supporter, my hero, my mentor. Thanks for being there for me always. Wishing you a very Happy Father’s Day. ~ Karolina Prokofieva
Dad, thank you for all that you are and for all that you have done for me. Happy Father’s Day ~ Irene Stroumpas Xantheas
People keep telling me that the first of everything is the hardest. The first year, the first birthday, the first Easter, the first Christmas. This Father's Day is another one of those firsts. I think about how we will miss him at these occasions, how his absence leaves a sadness in our hearts. It is hard, just like people say. But as much as I miss him, I am happy for him. He lived with dignity and was a good man. ~ George Mpliokas
I wanted to share a photo of dad, Athanasios Vasdanis, with myself and sister. Its one of our favourites. We lost Dad suddenly last year in December. This will be our first year without him. We miss him every day. ~ Vicky Basdanis
When we where little, my dad would take my sister and me to the park. He would put me on the swing, ask me to hold tight and stick my legs out straight. “I’m going to push you high”. As I swung upwards he would say “look at your feet, you can touch the sky”. That was the beautiful soul that was my dad ~ Angela Tsipras
My father and I. As we didn’t have a car, we would go to the beach by bus every Sunday. We’d spend the day at Agios Kosmas, Athens. I remember listening to music with the songs of Vicky Leandros blaring from the loudspeakers. I still remember it as though it were a dream. ~ Alexandros Papadimitriou
This is my dad, Efthimios Tsirtsakis, or Thimio as most have come to know him. He has lived an interesting life to say the least; born in a small village in Eastern Thrace, he left at the age of 12 and made his way to Athens with big dreams, and no permission from his mum or dad! Eventually he made his way to Melbourne, where he met my mum, married, and had three children. When I think of how I would describe my dad, I would say hard-working, generous, funny and observant. He has always worked hard to provide for the family, and is a giver – perhaps because he knows how hard life can be, and that sometimes we could all benefit from a helping hand. He is a man of few words – too busy observing, and thinking – unless in the company of good friends, when he is generally the one making everyone laugh. My favourite thing about my dad’s face as he ages, are the lines on the side of his face, indicating a life full of emotion, both good and bad, but amidst it all plenty of laughter. Happy Father’s Day. ~ Anastasia Tsirtsakis
Happy (Australian) Father’s Day! My mind wanders to memories of a father who was kind, generous and supportive. Not a day goes by when I don’t think of him a little and miss him a lot. So, don’t take dads for granted! ~ Mary Sinanidis