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So touching and so true. Excellent story, Justin. My three daughters are all in their 30s now and it went by in a blink. You have to cherish each stage in there lives. And nurture that bond. Make good memories. Fortunately, my wife was wise beyond her years and made sure I remembered those truths.

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Thank you so much, Mark. My daughter is five and my son is three, and it blows my mind that we’re at this point already. I’m lucky in the same sense regarding my wife!

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In my view, your very best work! Outstanding ... Mary Astor said "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel." ... well, my engine is fully fuelled by that heart-tugging writing

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Thank you for the incredibly kind words, Barrie. You have no idea how much it means to me! I really appreciate you reading!

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A pleasure to acknowledge such fantastic writing, Justin

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Great way to cover a topic all of us who have grown children have faced. Thanks.

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Thank you, Scott. I really appreciate it!

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This made me feel things. Thank you for sharing. 💛

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Thank you so much for reading, Maia!

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Oh, that was good. As the dad of a small child myself, this hit home. Very well done.

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Thank you, Michael. I’m really happy you liked this story. 🙏

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A story that should be read by all working fathers (and mothers) - every moment of a child’s life is worth cherishing - nothing is more important.. NOTHING - because all life passes ‘in a blink’.

Brilliant words...🙏🏽

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Thank you very much for the thoughtful words, Susie! You’re absolutely correct: nothing is more important! I appreciate you reading my story.

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Great job, very evocative.

It hit me, that despite what I want to do,

I don't see my family enough.

Thanks for this story.

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Thanks so much for reading it, Joseph. I hear you. Nothing is perfect, and I too have the same guilt weighing on me from time to time.

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Great story, loved it.

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Thank you, Colin!

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Wow, Justin. So good.

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Thanks, Meg! 🙏

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Sep 11, 2023Liked by Justin Deming

every time! you grab my heart in each of your stories every time. love this and i thank you

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That’s very kind of you to say, Alixandra. Thank you so much. Knowing my stories reach people who read and enjoy them means the world to me. I appreciate you!

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Sep 11, 2023Liked by Justin Deming

Amazing 👏🏻. My emotions kept jumping all over the place, but I loved the end 💛

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I really appreciate you reading and commenting, Osasuyi! And I’m so happy you liked “Blink”.

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Such an important message. if only parents realized this when their children were young. I liked your use of the "humming" to mark transitions- very clever. These lines really stood out for me: "He opens the creaking office door. Samantha and Jonathon hear it—long for it..." "He just stares at this man—his son." “Daddy, are you done working?” Samantha asks. David finally finds words. “Yes. . . I’m all done.” So much in this short story!

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Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Sharron. I always look forward to what you have to say. It means a lot! 🙏 And it really is such an important lesson to learn.

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ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING! (Yes I'm shouting)

This is a story that should be taken to heart by all young fathers.

Unfortunately too few get the message in time

Cat's in the Cradle - Harry Chapin

Thank you for the short, yet insightful, read.

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Thank you so much for the kind words, Richard! Cat’s in the Cradle is a beautifully sad song and pairs perfectly with this story.

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The truth can be terrifying. Great story.

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Without a doubt. Thanks so much for reading, Oscar.

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Sep 11, 2023Liked by Justin Deming

Another great emotional story that got me choked up.!!! Beautifully written and so true about life.!!So talented with your writing son.Love Ya!

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Thank you for always reading my stories! 💙

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Loved it! An emotional roller coaster!

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I love that you loved it! Thank you for reading, Ragha! 🙏

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