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(5/18/38 / Covington Kentucky)

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A Christmas Eve Conversation

“Why can’t we go in daddy”
“Maybe another time sweetie”
“Dad, what happened to rags? ”
“He’s found a good home I think”
“Are we gonna have a Christmas tree daddy? ”
“Maybe next year if we’re lucky”
“Where’s mom daddy? ”
“That’s where we’re goin now sweetie”
“Is she waiting for us on the corner? ”
“Yeah, that’s kind of our home right now”
“Why can’t we stay here Dad? ”
“Other people live here now”
“Why? ”
“because it’s somebody else’s home now”
“but why daddy? ”
“Well, sweetie, things just happen”
“Why’d they happen to us? ”
“Don’t know why Sweetknees”
“Does it happen to everybody? ”
“Yeah, we’re not alone”
“Things will get better…won’t they dad? ”
You betcha’ kiddo, , , They always did before
“Now we gotta go help your mamma”…
“This isn’t our home anymore”
“Will you carry me dad? ”
“You bet! ”
“why does mom cry when she sees us comin‘? ”
“Cause she’s always happy to see us”
“Will she smile and laugh again, Dad? ”
“ She will…That’s why there’s tears in her eyes, hon’”
“Cause she’ll always have you and me”
“I’m glad Dad! ”
“Me too sweety! Gotta big smile ready for your mamma? ”
“Don’t be silly daddy, I always do! ”
“Daddy will we ever come back here again? ”
“Nope! Like I said before…
…its not our home anymore.”

Submitted: Saturday, December 24, 2011
Edited: Saturday, December 24, 2011


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  • Martin O'Neill (3/10/2012 3:15:00 AM)

    I found it hard not to cry at this,
    Really hard.

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