August 2005 Winner: Dr. Joyce Wheeler, A
Honorable Mention: Carol Gandolfo, Seymour's
Honorable Mention: Barbara Schnell, Skunk
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by Carol Gandolfo
Seymour sat in his bed, his chin cupped in
his hands. He felt awful. How could he have done such a thing? He rolled
his eyes toward the ceiling and moaned.
“Son. Are you okay?” His father looked into
Seymour looked up as his father entered his bedroom and
began to cry. “I’m
sorry, dad. I didn’t mean it.”
Tears ran down Seymour’s cheek as he watched his
adoptive father enter the room and sit down on the bed. Seymour looked up at
his father and knew he could never be like him. How could they forgive him after
what he had done? He cried louder.
“Hey. Don’t take it so hard. It was an accident.
do it on purpose.” His father reached out and lifted Seymour’s chin.
“I didn’t know,” Seymour wailed.
“Listen, son. It’s something we should have
thought about. It’s
more our fault than yours. If we had told you, maybe this wouldn’t have
“I’m so sorry,” Seymour sniffed.
“Hey, everything will be alright. This is a lesson
for all of us. You did what your instinct told you to do.”
“It was terrible. Will mom ever forgive me?”
“I guess we never thought how you would respond
when confronted by a large dog.”
Seymour’s mother called. “Honey, can you
bring me some more tomato juice.”
Seymour sniffed again and wipe at his eyes.
Mr. Badger smiled. “Next time, just remember to
spray away from your mother.”