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I Got The Tiger!

There’s a public laundry in my neighborhood with one of those crane games where you pay fifty cents per attempt to get a stuffed animal.

This particular tiger has been the aim of many a kid and many a bored housewife, for some time now.

I knew to wait until others had tried, only to jimmy it loose for me. Today was my day.

I saw it as possible within five or six tries, good mathematics and just a wee bit of luck. It came up and out on my fifth try.

This particular style of stuffed toy can fetch an easy $45, used, on eBay. I got a brand-new one for $2.50, total, because I know the power of patience and the average person’s gullibility.

The tiger is mine.

Now, knowing I will take nothing with me when I am done, who shall I give it to? I’d actually rather give it to my oldest daughter for her upcoming birthday.

But I screwed so much up while I was on drugs, she might never allow me to. I don’t know.

I think I’m going to try, though.

Wish me luck, please. I need her to know a dad’s love is eternal.


What do you think?


Written by DonaldPennington

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  1. I hope so too, Donald. Sometimes the even the best intentioned parents make horrible mistakes. It is not so much about what we have done or others have done to us, but how we reacted. For example, my dad was an alcoholic, but the gift he gave me was this. I never touched a drop of alcohol. I am grateful for that.


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