It’s Your Day, Dad


This is a shout out to all the dads out there who are doing their dad thing day in and day out. In honor of Father’s Day, here is a poem to remind us all that it’s not only about biological dads, but it’s about any father figure who has made a difference in your life.

Father Need Not Fathers Be

Fathers need not fathers be. 
All one needs to do is choose
To love for life, and that embrace, 
Held long and hard, bestows the grace
Each craves. For all in time must lose, 
Restored alone by memory. 
So now it is with you and me.

– Author Unknown

Aside from having a last name that is difficult for telemarketers to correctly pronounce, Jordan Gripenwaldt is a degree-wielding Anthropology major and aspiring novelist who has swapped research paper deadlines for article deadlines. In addition to having a deep and abiding love for musical theatre, 80′s power ballads, social justice, television, and grandpa sweaters, she is also the proud and very excited Executive Editor of Germ Magazine and can be reached at


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