Marja-Leena Rathje
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It's Father's Day here in Canada and USA. I awoke very early and started thinking of my father, who passed away 15 years ago. I pulled out my parents' worn old family album that they carried with them as we emigrated to Canada. This photo of my courageous and handsome father was possibly taken just before that life-changing event (or was it on his wedding day?). We miss you, Isä and Ukki. We also miss Papa and Opa, who emigrated to Canada around the same time, with his family (including the little boy who was to become my husband) following a year later.

A newer tradition for us is to revisit a wonderful poem card written and designed by two of our daughters to their Dad three years ago. Long-time readers may remember it.

Time to make some coffee for the father of our children. Happy Father's Day to all Dads everywhere!

Marja-Leena | 17/06/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture


Your Dad was lovely! Your daughters' poem so full of love. Thanks for sharing.

It's an odd feeling that those who have 'slipped away from this world' are never really far from us. I feel closer to my mother now than I ever did
And if I look I still see 'signs' everywhere

Wasn't he beautiful!

Mouse - yes, I get that feeling sometimes and I remember your very moving posts on the subject.

Lucy - thanks. Yes, I was amazed looking at this photo again after some time. Ah the beauty of youth, how that changes - to a different beauty revealing life's struggles, wisdom and laughter lines.

Beautiful face - have you ever done a portrait of him?

Anna, thank you. I think I did some where are they?