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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Vision (08/03/06)

TITLE: Seeing You Again
By Pauline TAIT


Seeing You Again

Sally almost laughed out aloud at today’s Talking bible message.

He looked up. "I see men. They look like walking trees." So Jesus laid hands on his eyes again. The man looked hard and realized that he had recovered perfect sight; saw everything in bright, twenty-twenty focus. Jesus sent him straight home, telling him, "Don't enter the village." Mark 8:24

It had been quite a while since she had seen in twenty-twenty focus, and the longer she put off replacing her glasses, the more men began to look like walking trees. She had found widow-hood expensive, and she was trying to manage as long as she could with her old glasses plus she had picked them out with Edgar, but then that was five years ago now. There was no more putting it off, she must in fact venture into the village. Sally had heard there were some very good deals on offer this month at the optician’s but also that there was a new chap, sigh, things change so quickly these days she thought.

A very polite young lady welcomed her into the store. No one seemed to be waiting, and after filling in a few minor details Sally was ushered into the optician’s office. “Good day Mrs Bickerstaff” he greeted as he offered his hand but before she knew what was happening he grabbed hold of her, hugged her tightly and exclaimed “Silly Sally Mayhill, I don’t believe it!” Well my goodness! Sally would have protested if she could actually draw breath, he was holding her so tight. Suddenly the gentleman composed himself. He couldn’t believe he had acted in such an unprofessional manner, but this was the woman he had fallen in love with when he was five years old! He apologised profusely, “Forgive me, I’m so sorry, don’t you recognise me? I am a bit thinner on top and not quite so thin around the middle but it’s still me, it’s Ben!”

Sally let out a squeal of delight “Dirty Ditchwater, is that really you?” He let out a hearty laugh, no one had called him Dirty Ditchwater for many a year! He was now known as Dr Benjamin Ditchwater, by all accounts a pillar of the community. The old friends chatted away intermittently while he prescribed correct lenses and they shared their sadness of the dreadful day when they were separated by their parents after a silly argument over something and nothing, the day both their hearts were broken in two. Of course they swore they would rebel and keep in touch anyway but in those days young people did what their parents said with little or no question.

“Try those” he said. Sally looked to the Eye Chart. How marvellous! It all came into view, well almost. She really couldn’t read the bottom line. Ben passed her the reading card and her eyes welled with tears. “Goodness Sally, what’s the matter?” he enquired “Oh Ben, I haven't been able to read for quite a while now and I so miss my bible. Thank you so much.” This time when he hugged her she could still breath, “Well” he said “Pop out and choose your frames, it will take about forty minutes I should think, and please, Sally choose any you like. Accept them as a gift from me, and well, I could take my lunch about then if you would care for a little bite to eat with me?” he blushed. And oh my, was that her heart she felt beat a little faster?

Encouraged by the fact Sally had not yet turned him down he continued on nervously. “There’s a little Bistro I have been meaning to try but I don’t like to eat out alone so I haven’t been. It’s in Sharp Avenue amidst the trees, it’s quite lovely, quite lovely.” “Ben I would be delighted to catch up over lunch!” He hugged her yet again and then coughed nervously. It would take a little while for twenty-twenty focus to be restored and for her new spectacles to be ready but already everything seem to look so much brighter.

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Helen Paynter08/13/06
A romance - lovely! I enjoyed this, although sometimes the punctuation needed tightening up a bit. A very enjoyable read, though.
Joanne Sher 08/18/06
This is so sweet! Awesome job, dear friend - and on your first entry too! Great use of the topic. Keep writing!