Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta

Photo By Michael Alexander
Mark Tolcher, the cross country and track and field coach at Our Lady of Mercy High School, Fayetteville, is pictured with his sons (l-r) Joshua, 6, Kolbe, 5, Theo, 3, and Isaiah, 9. This Sunday is Father’s Day.

Hanging out with dad

By Michael Alexander, Staff Photographer | Published June 18, 2015

Earlier this week I was setting up appointments to photograph some of the Catholic high school coaches that are being profiled for an upcoming story in the June 25 issue about state championship teams.

On two occasions a coach showed up with one or more children. In the first instance Alan Keel, the girls varsity tennis coach at Blessed Trinity High School, Roswell, was accompanied by the youngest of his three sons, 13-year-old Davis. After I photographed the coach with some assistance from Davis, I left the two of them practicing on the Blessed Trinity hard courts.

The next day I caught up with Mark Tolcher, the cross country and track and field coach at Our Lady of Mercy High School, Fayetteville. Closely tagging along with Tolcher was his young crew of four sons, Isaiah, 9, Joshua, 6, Kolbe, 5, and Theo, 3.

Both reminded me of such moments with my father. And when the son becomes a father, it’s also a reminder of the times when my own children would hang out with me at a young age. Those times leave us with precious memories we can always reflect upon.

My wife and I are driving up to Louisville, Ky. this weekend to visit my parents, so I’ll be spending Father’s Day with my 90-year-old dad. My daughter, my new son-in-law and son also plan to meet us there. I’ll bring a photo or two back.

If you are spending Father’s Day with your dad, send me a photo with you and your father, along with complete caption information, and I’ll create a photo gallery of dad images on our website.

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Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there!

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