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Birthday I Will Never Forget

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Birthday I Will Never Forget

It’s been 5 years since I’ve seen my daddy and he’s going to be here
Here at my 9th birthday party with all my friends and family
I can barely contain the excitement but a little nervous too
So many people waiting for me at the skating rink
All there to celebrate my birthday, everyone there for ME
As I see my daddy I take off running into his arms
And I’m crying and so is he as we embrace each other
We’re both so happy with smiles across our faces
Looking around I see all my friends, their moms and dads
I see my family and for once my mom AND my dad are here too
All waiting for me to blow out my candles and make a wish
But this was my wish to have everyone I love here for me
But then my dad asked to take me to pick out my presents
My mom said no and they both started to yell in front of everyone
Everyone watching and staring at them argue
As I sat in a corner crying because all my dad wanted
Was to take his little girl to get what her heart desired
Mommy whisked me away and daddy never got the chance to say goodbye
Mommy fought to get me in the car as I stared out the back window crying
Wishing I had made that wish when I blew out my candles 



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  1. Date: 3/5/2011 1:03:00 PM
    Very emotional peice. I know so many can relate to what this feels like. Separation and divorce is the hardest on the kids. Even worse is when the fighting parents bring their children into it and use them as pawns to try to win a battle that's impossible to win

  1. Date: 2/28/2011 2:24:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win.

  1. Date: 2/26/2011 11:11:00 AM
    A sad, frustrating reality. Well expressed . Congratulations on being number one in Joyce's contest.

  1. Date: 2/25/2011 10:11:00 AM
    Congratulations ARRR, on your 1st place win in Joyce Johnson's contest "Emotional Response". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/24/2011 11:59:00 PM
    oh, my goodness, I had not seen this wonderful entry yet. Congratulations, sweetie!! I greatly enjoyed the read. soupmail.

  1. Date: 2/23/2011 6:43:00 PM
    Thanks for all the comments and congrats!!!

  1. Date: 2/23/2011 6:39:00 PM
    great piece of writing. congratulations on your win! ^_^

  1. Date: 2/23/2011 1:34:00 PM
    very powerful and sad as a child of divorce I can relate! Congrad's on your fine win! Light & Love

  1. Date: 2/23/2011 8:11:00 AM
    Wow...this was unfortunately too read and often so true to many children on their birthdays. Well done!!

  1. Date: 2/23/2011 4:24:00 AM
    Congrats on your first place win RRR in Joyce's contest with this dynamic piece.. enjoy your top spot for a top notch poem..luv..

  1. Date: 2/22/2011 10:43:00 PM
    Great job! Congrats on your win

  1. Date: 2/22/2011 8:27:00 PM
    Congrats on a well deserved First Place, Riley. Excellent piece. Nice going. Ralph

  1. Date: 2/22/2011 7:59:00 PM
    Congratulations on gaining the top spot in the contest with this very descriptive entry.

  1. Date: 2/22/2011 7:42:00 PM
    poignant with deep, painted words! CONGRATS for the top slot which i humbly share with you, riley.:) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 2/22/2011 7:23:00 PM
    WOW....this is awesome...my first place win...thanks so much Joyce! I must say this was my worse childhood birthday party. I wanted to see my daddy so much...thanks again!

  1. Date: 2/22/2011 7:18:00 PM
    Congratulations. This one touched my heart. I am proud to give it first place. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 2/10/2011 9:44:00 AM
    interesting and touching poem from the child's perspective...an all too common scenario now, a sad reflection of the times we're living in...

  1. Date: 2/10/2011 9:25:00 AM
    sad commentary on something happening all too frequently these days.My face literally hurt from smiling in front of my ex so as not to upset our children but I have seen this side of it with others.Very well written from the childs perspective