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Topic: Gone Fishing (02/01/07)
TITLE: So, I'll fish!
By Karen Petty
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It’s strange to be the one who has to “fit in” here. Shouldn’t I already be a part of my dad’s family? I look so forward to the few days he spends with me, at Christmas. He brings his new family along. But that’s ok. At least I get to be with him. We play boardgames & laugh. He takes us to the movies & out to eat. He brings me gifts. Sometimes, for a few minutes, when I am opening a present, & he is watching to see my reaction, I feel like things are almost normal. As if he loves me as much as before. That same feeling resonates within me when we hug, but is then fleeting. It’s gone too quickly. I guess he’s trying. Why does everything shift under my feet so often?
In two days, I leave for church camp. Dad called months ago, to ask me if I’d like to go. I’ve never been before, but the kids at his church are alright. There’s one who I’m getting along with pretty well. Maybe we’ll stick together. I look forward to Sundays. I get to sit next to dad, whenever I want. We sing together. He puts his arm around me during the sermon. I think he’s trying to be a good dad. He loves God. I can tell he wants me to, too. He gave me a bible for my birthday. “May God’s love show through your heart and life” is what he wrote in the front.
Maybe I’ll catch something today. Dad is showing me how to tell when I am getting a bite. So, I’ll fish!
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