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Local Dad Learns that Kids Take Things Literally


(New York, NY - September 23, 2011) Gary Metivier of Davenport, Iowa is one of the 150-word life stories being considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Reader's Digest magazine. Metivier's story is available for viewing at Locals can also show support by voting for Metivier's story or any others they like at

His story:

"Doctor's Orders" by Gary Metivier


Our five year old son's odd behavior started the night following a brother-induced head injury. Little Adam, with his scalp staples securely in place and somewhat bent spectacles pushed up high on his nose, was saying things really out of character. Examples: "I want candy before supper," and "I can do or have whatever I want." Was he just working the sympathy thing? He's not a spoiled kid, but 'was' acting quite -spoiled! A couple days later we finally asked him, "Why do you keep acting like this? You are a good kid." His answer: "The doctor said I can do whatever I want with the staples in my head. So, I have a whole week to do whatever I want!" Turns out he heard us ask the doctor if there were any restrictions as his head heals. The well intended doctor's answer, "No restrictions. He can do whatever he wants."

This is all part of the Reader's Digest continual effort to enrich and simplify Americans' lives.  This particular project "Your Life...The Reader's Digest Version" celebrates the launch of the new book, "Life... The Reader's Digest Version," which is also the first of a new series, by creating a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people's personal stories to be widely read and for the opportunity of one story to be published in Reader's Digest to its more than 30 million readers, plus be the recipient of a major cash award. Several runner-up stories will also receive attention and cash prizes.  Stories will be voted on by consumers and winners will ultimately be selected by Reader's Digest editors.  Americans can vote for and submit 150-word stories about lessons, simple advice, funny moments and other life stories at

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