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Mama, Mama, my finger hurts, cried Bobby.

Let’s have a look at it. Oh, a little splinter, we must get that out before it festers.


I’ll need my tweezers and magnifying glass but first, we’ll put a little rubbing alcohol on it.

That’s gonna hurt. I think I’ll just keep the splinter.

If we don’t get it out of there it will travel through your body.

Bobby giggles.

Once in your bloodstream, it will travel to your heart and kill you.

Bobby gasps.

Years later, when he was a doctor he’d smile whenever he thought of that splinter.


© Susan Zutautas 2019



10 Comments Post a comment
  1. In a sense, it’s true — an infection can kill you, unfortunately. Fun story!


    December 7, 2019
  2. Gosh, that is one way to get your child to capitulate, Susan.

    Liked by 1 person

    December 5, 2019
  3. The things parents have to go through to do the next right thing without protest. Very nicely done!

    Liked by 1 person

    December 5, 2019
  4. “From a tiny acorn grows a mighty oak,” or something like that! Enjoyable!

    Liked by 1 person

    December 5, 2019

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