44: Puppy Love

44: Puppy Love

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Middle School

Puppy Love

Love puts the fun in together,
the sad in apart,
and the joy in a heart.

~Author Unknown

The phone isn’t ringing.
No responses to my e-mail.
I haven’t gotten to see him
since school has been out.
I can’t stand it any longer;
I have to at least talk to him!
So I get up my nerve
and dial his number.
No one is home,
and I’m sort of relieved.
But I’m also upset—
and disappointed.
I’m only twelve,
and I know it shouldn’t matter
if I can’t see him.
It’s not like we’ll be together
forever or anything.
So why does it hurt so much?
I can’t say,
but it does.
I pull out a photo of him
and practice what I’ll say
When I call back.

~Jennifer Lynn Clay

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