A mischievous pair of blue eyes peers around my door, followed by a freckled face and a huge grin. You give a happy shout and leap onto my bed.

“Wake up, Dad!”

I hug you so tight you gasp. “Why are you crying, Dad?”

Because two years ago I found you, alone and terrified, beside the lifeless body of a battered woman.
Because the authorities didn’t want an unmarried policeman to adopt a two year old.
Because I fought to give you a home, and the love I never had.
Because I won.

Because today you finally called me Dad.

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9 days ago

A compact story of great love from the mischievous blue eyes to the overflow of emotions at being called dad. A wonderful description of a father’s love. Benji is lucky!

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 month ago

Oh my, Juma, I’m tearing up here! What an emotional read. And I love how you describe Benji, how cute is he? Love this!

Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary(@emily-oleary)
1 month ago

Oh this is beautifully heart-warming Juma 🥺❤

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Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
1 month ago

This story is so moving in its simplicity, repetition and storyline. Well done, Juma.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 month ago

If the Skylight by Allan makes me smile, this one makes my tears shedding. Such a heartfelt read, Juma. I love it. It is simple but penetrated down my heart. Well done.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 month ago

You have caught the situation and the emotions in this relationship in an excellent way, Juma. Congratulations to yet another great story!

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Allan Neil
Allan Neil(@allan-neil)
1 month ago

Perfectly lovely. The authorities are not always right and ‘Dad’ certainly proved that!

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
23 days ago

What a beautiful and heart-warming story, Juma. Oops, I think I just echoed Emily. We must share a mind 😂

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