Tiger Tales 2017, Personal Narrative, 1st place

Here is an excerpt of Personal Narrative winner sophomore Madelline Waite's "Father Dearest":

Fathers are more than daughters for the sole reason that they have lived in this world longer. Sometimes I forget that he has belonged in a world without me, while I have not seen a day where he was not right beside me, cheering me on.  My wise father often offers me advice to try and help me gain a stronger understanding of the world I was brought into.

If I could do anything for my father during his time of desolation and despair, it would be to let him know how much I love him.  I love how he makes me go change my skirt if it's too short, because he is just trying to protect me and my image.  When my father doesn't let me go to prom with older guys, I know it is because he knows what older guys want and he is only trying to protect me once again to prove that he loves me. The crooked smile my father presents when I tell him of my achievements always fills me with excitement, because I was able to spark pride inside of him.  I love how my father never ceases to protect and care for me.


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