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When I was about 10 or 11 years old, my little sister, my friend Freddie and I were playing "war" at Freddie's house. He had a pretty large yard with grass, some trees, and even a stream. We each had a pretend-weapon. I think I had a wooden stick. I forget what Freddie's toy weapon was, but my litttle sis had the handle of a tire jack—essentially a small crowbar

At one point Freddie yelled, "Everybody throw down your weapons!" I tossed my stick down. My sister threw her weapon sideways. I saw it fly at me, and turned away. I didn't feel it hit me or anything. Whew.

We went back to playing war.

Suddenly Freddie looked at me. His eyes went wide, and he said, "David! You better go home fast!"

"Why?" I asked casually. Nothing seemed wrong to me.

"Your face is all cut open!" Freddie said breathlessly.

"It is?" I said. "Okay." I walked over to my bike and started to pedal home at a leisurely pace. Nothing seemed wrong to me, so I wasn't too worried.

Halfway home, I felt a warm dampness on my face. reached up to the left side of my face where I felt the dampness. My fingers felt something like warm meat, and went through and into my skin.

I pedalled home REALLY fast at that point.

I had 23 stitches put in at the emergency room, and wore a gauze bandage over it for a week or so. When other kids asked, I told them I'd been in a fight with Darth Vader—then I told them what really happened.

The scar is still there, a white diagonal streak on my left jaw from eye to ear. It's a part of who I am. If there was a way to get rid of the scar, I would choose to keep it.
Date: 2005-01-15 14:41:22

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:) well you know what they say about men with scars!

thx for sharing the story dave

re: yes i enhanced the yellow a bit to give the foto a golden glow.
soleá 2005-02-10 18:54:54
Actually, I have no idea what they say about men with scars. I've heard about cold hands, a big nose, or big feet, but not scars. Please do tell!
Dave Ward Photography 2005-02-10 19:29:42
The Darth Vader Line is classic! Great story. Great scar ;)

(p.s. seriously solea, what do they say about men with scars?)
mhusson 2005-03-22 11:47:12
Interesting story. I had a similar encounter that I call "Speared." You can listen to it here. It was originally published at Waxy Poetic.
John Goldsmith 2006-01-07 01:02:33
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Scars, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
NikonD7100 Feeling Better. 2008-01-27 21:14:02
HI, I'm doing a project on scars and their stories, and I am making jewelry out of the most interesting ones I can find. I was wondering if I could use your story for inspiration. Please let me know, my e-mail is
scarproject293 2009-03-05 03:58:59

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