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This is Why, Dad MAG

June 3, 2010
By Imaginedangerous PLATINUM, Riverton, Utah
Imaginedangerous PLATINUM, Riverton, Utah
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No, you may not read this story.
I really am proud of it, yes. It's not embarrassing. I'm not hiding anything. And I have indeed posted it on the Internet for hundreds to see. People say it's good. You still may not read it.

Why? Because you're my dad.

It has everything to do with it, okay? Hear me out. Sometimes, when I'm bored, I take a little bit of my soul. I distill it, organize it, refine it, and then slap it down on a piece of paper.

It's private. It's mine. And I can't share it lightly.

Okay, yes, I did post it online where anyone can see it, where thousands of strangers can criticize and discuss, but there is a difference.

That difference is that the Internet is anonymous. That difference is that these people are looking deep inside me but they don't know it. The difference is that they analyze my writing, some of them, but don't think too hard about the creator.

You are my father. We are related and will be for the rest of our lives. And though this story is not about me – not about anyone I know, not about anything that's ever happened to me – it's still my soul. I have a deep, probably unfounded, and unshakeable fear of how it will change your view of me.

I am not brave enough. I'm sorry, but no, you may not read this story.

(Feel free to show this to Mom.)

The author's comments:
I don't often show my parents my writing, and this is why.

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This article has 28 comments.

on Dec. 6 2010 at 11:49 pm
Healing_Angel SILVER, Sydney, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Live for today, not for tomorrow

It's fair- You are writing for you, and you alone. If you choose to show people, then it's an honour, but not a right.

Strike_Eagle said...
on Sep. 8 2010 at 4:39 pm
Strike_Eagle, Warm Springs, Virginia
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This is a great piece of writing.  I definetly agree with it.

bobun16 SILVER said...
on Jun. 30 2010 at 7:19 pm
bobun16 SILVER, Mesa, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
is this a trick question or what?-Calvin and Hobbes

I like this one! could you maybe read some of my stuff?

on Jun. 16 2010 at 11:29 am
thezebrasgray PLATINUM, Taylorsville, Utah
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yet again, its beautiful and amazing and accurate and you are now officially my favorite poet!

dancer13 GOLD said...
on Jun. 9 2010 at 4:52 pm
dancer13 GOLD, Troy, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them." ~Jane Austen

it's exactly how i feel!!!! :D

on Jun. 8 2010 at 3:47 pm
roxymutt BRONZE, Marietta, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. -David Henry Thoreau

i really liked this really was from your soul! its great and i like the () because it shows a little bit of a witty side! :)

on Jun. 8 2010 at 2:54 pm
Imaginedangerous PLATINUM, Riverton, Utah
31 articles 0 photos 402 comments
Um, okay. Contempt wasn't quite what I was trying to communicate, but thanks for the feedback.

on Jun. 8 2010 at 1:15 pm
aaaaaqweqweqwe SILVER, Somewhere, Illinois
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Very very good. You used very relatable emotions, and I think every young writer goes through this at points. Very, very good with its feelings of uncertainty and the slight undertone of contempt. I liked it, a lot.