Absent Fathers

The lovely tray of baked biscuits made my mouth water,
my imagination wafted the aroma of fresh baking through my mind.

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Absent Fathers

I’ve made your favourite ginger biscuits for your party.
There is Mum, Dad, Tom, Helen, Bill and you, Samantha.
Oh yes, Buster and Kitty.

Samantha’s top lip trembled and tears dribbled down her cheeks.
Who is going to eat Dad?

You can. They are just biscuits, darling.

Why do they have names? I don’t want to eat our family.
It’s not nice.

They are all dressed up for your birthday, aren’t they pretty?
Mary wiped her daughter’s face. No names then. Just biscuits.

Her daughter’s perception plucked a string on Mary’s emotional violin.
She broke off Dad’s arms and head.

24 responses to “Absent Fathers

  1. Naming your food adds a humanity to it… harder to eat a loved one when you are just a little thing!
    Lovely take, James.

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  2. Whatever Dad did before, he’s ‘armless now! Nice one James.

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  3. Sweet. With a final twist of malice. That’s what I call baking

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  4. Nice story James. Love the end!!

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  5. I can see this response in a wee one. Great story. Love the ending… serves Dad right, I suppose.

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  6. For some siblings, I guess, it might be fun to chomp each other’s heads off. Not so much for mum and dad, especially if one is absent. Fun take.

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  7. What a touching wee story – with a bit of spice at the end. Love it!

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  8. i don’t know why but sometimes naming a cookie after somebody makes it harder to eat. 🙂

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  9. That was a bit of an emotional roller coaster. Any story that ends with dismembering dad can’t be too sad.

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  10. Great ending! Nice work! 🌷

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  11. James, you’ve told a very big story in very few words. Dad needs to get his head on straight!

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  12. It’s probably for the best that mum gets to bite absent dad’s limbs off.

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  13. Kids are precious. Cute story. Next year she’ll rip off her siblings’ heads and they’ll fight. 😀

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  14. A lot of story packed into our limited amount of words. Superbly done!!

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  15. Soon dad will be just a memory…

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  16. Dear James,

    The last line made me chuckle. I hope it helped Mary to snap off his head, even if it is just a cookie. 😉 Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  17. I like the way you catch this mother -daughter moment, it rings true. Great last line James.

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  18. Ooooo ouch.
    There is a lot going on here. But naming the cookies seems a bit horrible. Like who wants to eat kitty? Eeeeep. Children always simplify things.
    Mind you, it sounds like the dad cookie needs it’s head bitten off

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  19. Well, that will show dad for not being around…it could have been his legs…

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  20. Haha, I wonder what Dad did?! Thank you for the laugh!

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