My Dad

Artwork by Phil Burns

This challenge is produced by GirlieOnTheEdge with the following simple rules:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word 

My Dad

‘My Dad works in a wildlife reserve in Africa.’

I overhear my daughter and my heart breaks because she doesn’t have a father – at least not one she can know of.

I always tell her that she is loved and so wanted, and that her father doesn’t matter.

But sometimes – like today, with a new friend – his absence does matter, and she has to find a way to explain it.

I dread having to tell her the truth some day – the truth of who and where he is, and worst of all, why.

This is why she must always know how loved she is.


  1. Well, well, well, Jenne, you leave us with questions here.
    Beautifully written and expertly crafted.
    Am I right in thinking a really nasty ‘R’ word?


    • Thank you and you are indeed right.
      I’m glad it worked.
      I was struggling with it and then, last night, I read something about writing from the heart.
      And the struggle fell away.

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  2. A beautiful and hard hitting piece Jen that touched very tender thoughts. I felt huge empathy for them both and the challenge ahead when the truth is told.


  3. Heart-wrenching and hard-hitting, Jenne. This reader could only imagine the worst and, finding it confirmed in the comments, received an emotional slug to the gut. Well done.


  4. Posing a most excellent of questions: How much of our ‘reality’ is a reflection of the world around us and the people who make it up or do we have the potential to live our lives first (and primarily) from within.

    thought-provoking, Six


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