My Father and Lee

By Karina, age 17, Texas

My father found a cat.
He originally named her Lee.
Although he would never tip his hat,
She would never flee.
My father said, "She needs to go,
She is just a big mess."
I said, "Father, this I know,
That little angel could never cause us stress."
Finally my father agreed
Like a puppy forced from play.
But acted like a knight on his steed,
Because he gave a child her wish that day.
My father showed no affection to the cat.
She would sing and dance,
But he never paid attention to that,
And never gave her a chance.
The cat and I became best friends.
Then one day we got to go (and this is true)
With my father in his new Benz.
But she did something she should not do.
My father became angry,
And had to clean his car.
For the car was like his baby,
On it he didn't want a scratch or scar.
But my father got over it,
And started to like her a little.
So my cat did a dance and skit
Like an Irishman and his fiddle.
Every day my father would act
Like he never cared.
But this I know for a fact,
That although undeclared,
My father loved that troublemaker cat.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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