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In The Doghouse. ...!
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado   

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A boy is in trouble with his parents because he forgot to get a present for his father for his birthday.

I knew I should have remembered.  Yesterday was not only Father's Day: it was also daddy's birthday.  And I didn't get him a present or anything! Now he and mom are mad at me.

Figures.  It isn't the first time. 

Yesterday was such a gorgeous day out I just took advantage of the nice weather and played outside all day.  Played b-ball with my friends.  Swam in the pool a couple of times, doing cannonballs and bellyflops.  Annoyed my kid brother by putting a tiny garter snake into the back of his shorts, just to watch him yell and bounce around, much to my amusement.  Looked at the clouds and tried to make shapes out of them in my mind.  Watching the birds flying overhead.

Ah, yes!  It was such a perfect day yesterday.  And it was Sunday.  One of my very favorite days of the week, if you didn't count church.  :)  Church in itself isn't bad; I just hate having to dress up in a suit and tie and having to listen to Mr. Windbag (aka Pastor Carroll) preach for about an hour or so!  That can get boring real quick, and the pew isn't the most comfortable thing to sit on!!  My bum gets pretty sore after a while!

It would have been a perfect day, but then mom dropped the bombshell on me.  "Did you forget?" she asked me.  "Yesterday was Father's Day and you didn't, not even once, wish your father a happy Father's Day.  It was also his birthday."

Suddenly I felt lower than a snake dragging its belly in the grass.  My parents are still ascting cool towards me.  Daddy looks at me with such sadness in his eyes and mom just shakes her head.  I know I am in trouble.  What is the punishment gonna be?  The rack?  The electric chair?  Forty lashes with a cat-o-nine-tails?  Chinese water torture?  What? 

Am I gonna be grounded until school starts up again?  Am I gonna have to make things up to mom and dad until I am old and grey?

If you ask me, I think my parents are being unreasonable.  Any kid can "just forget" when they get so involved in having fun; God only knows, I'm not the only one who forgot to get my daddy something for Father's Day or his birthday!  I'm sure there are other kids who are in the exact same boat I'm in!

I look at daddy (and mom) and feel terrible.  I didn't mean to forget about Father's Day or daddy's birthday!  It just happened!  How am I gonna make it up to daddy?  And how am I gonna convince mom that I'm not as scatter-brained as she thinks I am?  I gotta think of something quick or things will probably just get worse!  Boy, I'm such a dope at times! D'oh!!  

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