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When Dad Loved Me

Like a fury character from a Saturday cartoon, my thumb pulsed into an inflating red balloon when my older sis slammed the car door carelessly. I didn't realize it would bring such favor to me. "What's the matter with you!" my dad sharply accused. For a quick moment I seemed a little confused, but this time Dad's hollers weren't directed at me. He coddled me in comfort, "Let me see, sweetie." I abashedly exposed my lowly thumb, nail dangling on edge, skin purple and numb. Though for months it stank of stale blood, I'm thankful for the cringe of the car door's thud. For now Dad often asked me how I was feeling. He seemed extra concerned to make sure all was healing. Dad even treated me to my favorite ice cream. He knew what it took to make a child gleam. Dad sat by his new favorite upon the couch. Into the crook of his chest I would slouch. It took all of Kindergarten for my nail to grow back, but then, Dad's love was something I didn't lack. Too soon my thumb became as good as new. It seems Dad's love was something that I outgrew. I loathe the thought of pain, but I will mention, I'd sacrifice my hand for some more of Dad's attention. 12-8-2020 STORY FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD Contest Sponsor: L. Milton Hankins

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Date: 12/14/2020 3:34:00 PM
Congratulations on your win, Juliet. God bless you.
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Juliet Ligon
Date: 1/3/2021 11:54:00 AM
Thanks, Carol. Blessings.
Date: 12/12/2020 7:54:00 AM
Congratulations on your win. A wonderful story/write. All kids just want/need love. Enjoy your win with blessings.................
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Juliet Ligon
Date: 12/12/2020 9:47:00 PM
So true, Paula. Blessings.
Date: 12/11/2020 8:58:00 PM
Juliet, congratulations on your win with your impressively told story. There is a smooth cadence and some wonderful images.
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Juliet Ligon
Date: 12/12/2020 9:46:00 PM
Thanks, Sam. I appreciate your comments.
Date: 12/11/2020 11:30:00 AM
Wow ~ love how you spun your memory. That's a high price to pay for attention yet we would gladly pay it. Been there. We can relate.
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Juliet Ligon
Date: 12/12/2020 9:45:00 PM
Thanks, Line. It was nice to feel special for a season.
Date: 12/11/2020 5:51:00 AM
Wow! Congrats! Thanks for sharing this. God bless you.
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Juliet Ligon
Date: 12/12/2020 9:44:00 PM
Thanks, Beata. Blessings.
Date: 12/11/2020 3:57:00 AM
Ouch! Dang, that must have hurt.. I can almost feel it (lol) Wonderful story, Juliet. Daddy's little girl :) Congratulations on your winning placement in the contest! Hugs Charlie
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Juliet Ligon
Date: 12/12/2020 9:42:00 PM
It hurt a lot, but I remember the happy aftermath more. It was the only time I remember my dad being upset with my older sister (even though it was an accident) and treating me special. Thanks for your comments.
Date: 12/10/2020 9:02:00 PM
Such an honest and lovely write....you clinched it in the last two lines.....Congrats Juliet on your wi n.
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Juliet Ligon
Date: 12/11/2020 3:37:00 PM
Thanks, Carol. Being a middle child, I felt like the less favored one, but at this time I got to enjoy what the opposite felt like.
Date: 12/10/2020 8:51:00 PM
Juliet, I want to take this moment to congratulate you on your #3 spot in my Story From Your Childhood contest. I loved your poem!!!!
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Juliet Ligon
Date: 12/11/2020 3:34:00 PM
Thanks for enjoying and thanks for inspiring the write.