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Reachin' Up

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"You ain't nothin' and you ain't ever gone be nothin'," sneered her father as he took another swig from his ever-present whiskey bottle. "You go right ahead girl, go on off to that big fancy college thinkin' you're miss high and mighty; they'll laugh you all the way back home." 
 
Tears stung Darci's eyes and burned in her throat, as she grabbed her beat-up suitcase and headed out the door. All her life she'd  dreamed of becoming a doctor, and by the grace of God she was going to make that dream come true. 
 
Ten years later she stood by the old man's hospital bed in her white lab coat, holding his frail hand tightly in her own. This time the tears were in his eyes as he said, "Darci girl, I was wrong way back then; you reached out for that dream of yours and held on tight to it's tail 'til you caught it, an' I just want you to know that you made me real proud."

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17 comments:

  1. Many very successful people succeeded only because they were too stupid to know all the reasons they were bound to fail!

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    1. Exactly Joe, if we believed everyone who said "you aren't" and "you can't" no one would ever find their true joy. Darci was wise enough to believe bigger things were possible, and naïve enough not to let her situation hold her back.

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  2. speechless... feeling it in my chest...sniff! Sigh!

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    1. Thank you Zoe, that's what I hoped to convey!

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  3. This a tear jerker, Josie ~~ Brings memories though. Not too good.
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    1. I know that Jim. This is a fairytale ending to a story that often in real life has one that is bittersweet or just plain bitter. I wish that all parents and children could reconcile before time runs out, but we know it doesn't work exactly like it. Cheers to Darci for believing in herself enough. Whether or not he ever came around, she achieved her dreams.

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    2. Yes she did overcome. And like you say, reconciliation was not had for an enjoyable time.

      And no Josie, that fellow camped out by the river was not me. I never saw him before. I would not have nerve for that.
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  4. Everyone told my dad he couldn't, except his mother. He did. Keep reaching.

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    1. See! It can happen, it can be done!! It is sad that so often the message we get growing up is that we aren't capable of being all that we dream of and want for our lives. Wouldn't it be great if more people were like your dad's mother and encouraged their children to reach?!

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  5. What an important lesson there is here showing that eventually you must make decisions by yourself and and for yourself; it is all part of growing up. As Joeh implied, if you don't attempt you can never achieve.

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    1. Exactly Old Egg, she didn't let her father's miserable approach to life be her life sentence too. She found the courage to break free... and that's awesome. Him repenting his disbelief is icing on the cake, but even if he hadn't she had her own courage and determination to draw strength from, and it worked for her!

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  6. Each person must follow their heart, to avoid regret. The best redemption is proving oneself value, worth, accomplishments. Well written story, I am sure many can relate.

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    1. So very true, Annie. If we always cave in to other's lowered expectations, we will never have that wonderful moment of realizing that we can and do have the ability to achieve anything we want! Life is full of naysayers, we have to be able to hear our own inner voice above that noise!

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  7. Beautifully written Josie! A very emotional read and some very thought provoking comments too,I've enjoyed reading through them x

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    1. Thank you Jess! It is fun to write a story that encourages people to respond; I'm glad this one did!

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  8. Don't know if his admission that he was wrong was so important... what matters in this story, is that she got out the door.

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    1. Although I'm sure it brought her some peace of mind, Shimon, I agree with you - the most important thing was that she found the courage and conviction to go forward with her plan!

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