Monday, September 28, 2009

Fatherhood in One Hundred Words

Today I had my seniors write hundred-word stories. Here's the one I wrote:

Sing-Along, With Daughters

On the front porch one Saturday afternoon, my daughters were playing with dolls and singing Disney songs. I lay on the porch swing, swaying back and forth, looking out at the street and the late September leaves just starting to turn color.

I couldn’t resist joining in. Knitting my brows in mock earnesty, I belted out, “I can show you the world, shining, shiiiimmering, sple-endid…”

Alice, three years old, interrupted me.

“Daddy, you can’t sing that.”

“Why not? I can’t show you the world?”

“No. You’re not Aladdin. Not at all.”

A tough lesson, perhaps, but she had me there.

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