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Puff The Magic Dragon, Friendship Goals, & Jesus

| July 3, 2019
Friendship goals & Jesus

As long as I can remember I have had a fear of rejection and abandonment. I remember being very young and crying at the song “Puff the Magic Dragon.” Little Jackie Paper moved on from his friend Puff. Basically, as the song goes, Jackie had an imaginary friend Puff, who happened to be a dragon. They played together in an imaginary land, and Jackie is said to have loved his rascal Puff who had a mighty roar.

But as Jackie grew older, he didn’t come to play with Puff anymore, as he moved on to other toys. The song says that …

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