TITLE: My dear Daddy
By Alison Greenberg
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It was my junior year in college when dad called.
"Hi Al, I have the cutest story to tell you about your sister Cathy."
"Go ahead dad, I'm all ears."
"Well, I went up to her bedroom last night and saw her boyfriend sleeping on the balcony by her window. She told me he just wanted to be closer to her. Isn't that cute?"
"Now Dad, here's how it really went. She and her boyfriend were in her bed and heard you coming up the stairs. She told him to quickly go out the window so you wouldn't see him, and then she threw the blanket and pillow behind him, and told you that story.
"Oh gosh, you don't really think so, do you?"
If the word "duh" had existed in the seventies, I would have used it.
"Bye daddy, I love you so much, but you've got to keep an eye on those teenagers. In Matthew 10:16 the Bible tells us to be as shrewd as snakes and gentle as doves. You can't believe everything they tell you."
"Bye Al, I love you too. Bye. Cathy! Would you come down here for a minute?!"
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