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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: fathers (06/06/05)

TITLE: Daddy's Home
By Dixie Phillips
06/08/05


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I stared out the big bay window anxiously awaiting my father’s return. I squint as his bright headlights flood the driveway making the pavement twinkle in the dark night. I lunge toward the front door squealing, “Daddy’s home! Daddy’s home!”

Jumping in his young, muscular arms he squeezes me tight and whispers in my ear, “Everything is going to be alright because Daddy’s home!”

**

Decades later I gaze out the window of a local hospital room as my elderly father lay comatose.

Sacred Promises flood my grieving soul.

“Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you: for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:1-3 NASV)

Hope shines through the gloom and despair. I squint as the hot tears sting my eyes.

Wrapping my trembling arms around my father’s shrinking frame as he takes his final breath, all of Heaven whispers in my ear. “Everything is going to be alright because Daddy’s home!”


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Shari Armstrong 06/13/05
Short and sweet.
Karen Deikun06/13/05
Short but powerful.
Leslie Lamb06/13/05
Wow! A tremendous message delivered with power though succinct.
Sally Hanan06/13/05
Impactful. Watch your tenses-lay, stare etc. need to also be in present tense.
Tesiri Moweta06/14/05
Beautiful! Daddy's home indeed.Well written.
Phyllis Inniss 06/15/05
You've captured so much in such a short story that is well and touchingly done.
dub W06/15/05
As said above, short and powerful...many of us have been in the same situations. Thanks for sharing this article.
Angela Ranson06/15/05
Very moving. Touching story.
darlene hight06/15/05
Excellent job! well told with a powerful truth.
Linda Watson Owen06/17/05
How often my own children have excitedly yelled those very words! A beautiful use of the phrase.
Suzanne R06/19/05
What a powerful way to end it! Beautiful!
Val Clark06/20/05
Short and sweet. A powerful piece, thanks for posting.