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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Shrewdness (03/07/05)

TITLE: The Frosting Eaters
By Amy Finley


You probably have them in your house. Lurking, creeping, stealthily traveling. It never fails. Not when you’ve first opened the powdered sugar. Not when you’ve measured the cocoa, or poured the vanilla. No. They only appear after all the measuring, stirring, and mixing are done. Only after you’ve dipped the edge of your little finger in to test the frosting, making sure it’s buttery sweetness is just right, and it’s texture silky smooth and not grainy, perfect for the birthday or graduation or after-dinner-dessert cake you are making.

Only then do they appear. These strange beings that have a zero radar for when the trash needs taken out or who are oblivious to the mounds of toys and clutter in their rooms, or even in the living room. These creatures that can innocently look at you and claim they “didn’t know” or they “forget” as the unassuming answer to a million mundane (and not so mundane) tasks.

Somehow, someway, as if they are from an alternate universe, these same beings that are completely oblivious to other things deemed necessary in the household, pop up as if by magic the minute the frosting has finished being whipped.

Then without fail, brandishing spoons and fingers, they zealously dip into the bowl of perfect frosting. You fend off these creatures with cries of No! Stop! You’ll ruin you’re dinner! That’s for the cake I made!… But to no avail. The frosting eaters slurp the sugary delight off their spoons and sticky fingers until they happen to glance guiltily at you with your arms crossed and a steely look in your eyes. Then they defeatedly place their spoons in the sink, and with a last longing glance at the bowl of frosting, slink back to their hideouts.

You salvage the frosting if you can, or whip up another batch, and the day goes on…

Lord, thank you for the frosting eaters in my house. Help me to have the same shrewd awareness of the good you have prepared for my family and I in this life and the next, and to delve into it with as much zealousness as my beautiful children delve into the bowl of chocolate frosting.

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Shellie Power03/14/05
The title grabbed me right away! I loved this description of family life. I must go spend some time with my "toy dumpers" and "laundry makers". Thanks for posting.
Sally Hanan03/14/05
Very cute. I like the approach and I could feel myself creeping towards your frosting with them.
Jessica Campbell03/15/05
Simple, and true. Ah, to enjoy the little things!
donna robinson03/15/05
This was more than a cute and funny read--though it was that too! The ending said it all and I could visualize a few hidden other morals snuck in too. Enjoyed this immensely!
karen McLamb03/16/05
WOW! Frosting! I love it!
everytime Mom made homemade frosting,I lick the bowl
L.M. Lee03/17/05
clever approach to the topic
Delores Baber03/18/05
Truly beautiful, the way your love for these Frosting Eaters belies your rebuke. You have great talent, wonderful skills. Time you moved up to a more advanced level. Think I'll go bake a cake and see if there are any Frosting Eaters in my house.
Lois Jennison Tribble03/21/05
Smooth and sweet; deftly mixed without any lumps, with a last paragraph flavored with deep wisdom! Wow! What a way to start at FaithWriters! Congratulations, Amy.
Cheri Hardaway 03/21/05
Nice job! Think I will go and find something sweet to eat! Blessings, Cheri
Deborah Porter 03/21/05
Amy, what a great win! 1st place in the Level 1 Champion Challenge, AND 2nd place in the Editors' Choice Awards (which means you're going into the book). What a way to start at FaithWriters! So with a win like this, that means you need to move up to at least Level 2 from the start of the next quarter. You probably could go straight to Level 3, but I'll leave that up to you. Congratulations again! With love, Deb (Challenge Co-ordinator)
Deborah Porter 04/18/05
Hi again Amy. I do hope you get this. FaithWriters have tried to contact you by e-mail a couple of times to let you know that they need a release form completed for your story "Frosting Eaters" so that they can include it in the next FaithWriters' Anthology. As they haven't received it, we will need to use the entry that came in 9th place instead. I really would prefer not to do that - particularly if there has been some sort of problem with your e-mail. Please contact me at debporter@breathfreshair.org or by private messenger here, and let me know what you want to do - even if you don't want to give permission. This is really urgent. With love, Deb (Challenge Co-ordinator)