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Rachel ... and the crash downstairs
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This poem describes a defining moment for me. My daughter Rachel who was aged about seven years old at the time was downstairs playing with her Yo-yo (it was the craze at the time) when it slipped off her finger and smashed into an expensive Lladro ornament of Moses holding the Ten Commandments.
I ran downstairs to find a broken ornament, a Yo-yo and a frightened child.
In anger I slapped her thigh...but much too hard. In my anger I actually left finger marks upon her leg. I was so shocked that I had hurt her that I simply cradled her and cried ... I couldn't believe what I had done. This was not the first time I had smacked one of my children for being 'naughty'... it was however the last time.
By the following day my daughter had forgotten all about the incident... I never did.

by Stephen Hirons

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