A loving parable

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Painting by  C. Dennis-Willingham

In the past when Papa was healthy,  I learned of this parable in the Bible. I was so Enamored by that kind of love that I would ask if he or Mama would like for me to wash their feet. Only a few times did Mama succumb to my request. Even at night, her feet were  too busy moving, rarely still enough for me to wash.

Papa, on the other hand, would sit in his favorite chair in the parlor and lay down the newspaper he had been reading. He would smile and laugh as I placed the soaped cloth between his toes. Our conversations would move from one subject to the next as quickly as a hummingbird searches for nectar. The ritual seemed to both invigorate and relaxed him. 

            Yet, when Papa had lain in his bed with a pneumonia-fed bad heart, it was not the same. Nothing was the same.

            Nor will it be again.

Excerpt from Naked, She Lies, by C. Dennis-Willingham

daily word prompt: Enamored

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Carolyn Dennis-Willingham

Carolyn's first book, "No Hill for a Stepper", was published in 2001. Her second book, "The Last Bordello" was published in August 2016. Her third novel, set in 1928, is currently being edited. When she's not writing, you can find her at the boxing gym, with kids and grandkids, or throwing a ball for her persistent mini Aussie. Carolyn celebrates diversity and is an advocate for social and civil rights.

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  1. […] Ever Enamored 59. logicaldreams – Short Story: To Be A Hero 60. Enamoured – Tachispeaks 61. A loving parable – CD-W, Author Flawed to Perfection 62. Counterfeit – This Girl’s Got Curves 63. ~241 Of 365~ – ……….365 Days……….. […]

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  2. […] Ever Enamored 59. logicaldreams – Short Story: To Be A Hero 60. Enamoured – Tachispeaks 61. A loving parable – CD-W, Author Flawed to Perfection 62. Counterfeit – This Girl’s Got Curves 63. ~241 Of 365~ – ……….365 Days……….. […]

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