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Feb 26, 2019 14:02:31

Hollow as a balloon

by @simongylver | 262 words | 🐣 | 8💌

Simon Gylver

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It was hard to believe that they were father and daughter. The rugged old man with a gray mane that gave him an almost bestial air, and the beautiful lady with wrists that could fit through the handle on a teacup, who looked like a romantic abstraction of the human anatomy. The father, Richard Burnt, kept rubbing his eyes and nose as if he desperately wanted to erase his own face. I saw no tears though.

"We didn't speak for... eight years" was the first thing he said to me, which led me to think that he probably didn't speak much with anyone else either. I was used to relatives of the patients getting emotional, but Richard seemed to flinch in surprise every time he opened his own mouth. As if he couldn't believe he was telling these things to a complete stranger.

"It's... I... Things had just started getting better. We talked again, got coffee, visited Edna's grave" he was rambling. "At Christmas, I got to hold my granddaughter for the first time" The first sob followed. I could tell he had been a scary-looking man. His back had become hunched, his hair had thinned, his skin was too pale and veined, but his frame and hands were still huge, and the scars on his chin and arms were old.

No matter how long you stayed in this line of work there were three things you never, ever got used to. The first is the miracle of birth, the second is men like Richard crying. 

You can probably guess the third.

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    @simongylver you could put an advertisement at the end actually...

    The Pageman avatar The Pageman | Mar 05, 2019 05:10:42
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    @simongylver Really nice story Simon! and @lucjah is a really good marketer haha.

    Efran avatar Efran | Mar 01, 2019 13:45:06
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      @efran Thank you, but... I don't feel like a marketer, I'm a "sharer" (or maybe "sharess" seems to sound more exotic :-)))

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Mar 01, 2019 13:49:43
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    Guys! Guys! Come here! Look here, at:
    <<beautiful lady with wrists that could fit through the handle on a teacup>>
    @keni @samlloyd @paulp @gabrielgreco @jasonleow @lexc @danielmiller @RealNegotiator @navinnavi @valentino @jeffriddall @thepageman @timsubiaco @vickenstein @daniellucas @arthurkendall @abrahamKim @efran @m1guelpiedrafita @brianball @wernminlim @itsabhinaya @brandonwilson @ag @milanmatejic @philh @Arcticloon @chika46

    and I did warn you to unsubscribe!

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Feb 28, 2019 23:15:42
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      @simongylver @lucjah lol whoever didn't unsub yet is a masochist I guess :P

      Valentino Urbano avatar Valentino Urbano | Mar 01, 2019 14:01:09
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      @valentino I got a hint... :-)))
      "you are unsubscribed" <3

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Mar 01, 2019 14:08:06
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      @simongylver Love this, you have a gift with words.

      @lucjah Why would I "unsubscribe" - you are my personal content curator in this sea of words continually lapping at my shore; you give me gems like this to read so I don't drown in overwhelm. I have to get writing now, my fingers are itching, hahaha...

      Arthur Kendall avatar Arthur Kendall | Mar 05, 2019 10:10:51
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      @arthurkendall Thank you! So handling your @handles I shall :-)))

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Mar 05, 2019 20:14:09
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      @lucjah You can "handle my handles" any time ;-) :D

      Arthur Kendall avatar Arthur Kendall | Mar 05, 2019 23:25:32
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      @arthurkendall you got it... and now let's catch up with @simongylver new posts!

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Mar 06, 2019 11:01:16
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    @simongylver I loooove that!! You are amazing with words! AND sentences :D

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Feb 28, 2019 23:13:25
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      @simongylver @lucjah Agree!!

      Tim Subiaco avatar Tim Subiaco | Feb 28, 2019 23:20:21
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      @lucjah Thank you so very much! You guys are so nice over here, I'll need to get more involved with the community

      Simon Gylver avatar Simon Gylver | Feb 28, 2019 23:46:04
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      @simongylver yes, there is an ocean full of wonders floating around... sometimes it's a bit overwhelming how much one is not able to read...
      Some time ago, to show my awe, and hopefully open some interactions, I made (a bit discouragingly humongous and kinda exalted) post about people I love here
      https://200wordsaday.com/words/so-grateful-in-248-1-words-93605c6980e093823
      (damn, you were not active yet!)

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Mar 01, 2019 11:06:04
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      @simongylver @lucjah haha, I wrote my comment before reading the others. Great minds think alike, eh?!

      Arthur Kendall avatar Arthur Kendall | Mar 05, 2019 10:11:54
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