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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Gone Fishing (02/01/07)

TITLE: So, I'll fish!
By Karen Petty
02/01/07


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Itís warm out. The shadows from the trees make sitting here in this boat, a bit more comfortable. Iíve never fished before. Honestly, I feel a little awkward being the only one who doesnít know what to do. Thereís not much opportunity, back home, to try something like thisÖ no one to show me the ropes. But, Iím here, nowÖtoday. A few weeks in the summer seem like such a small window of time to spend with my dad.

Itís strange to be the one who has to ďfit inĒ here. Shouldnít I already be a part of my dadís family? I look so forward to the few days he spends with me, at Christmas. He brings his new family along. But thatís ok. At least I get to be with him. We play boardgames & laugh. He takes us to the movies & out to eat. He brings me gifts. Sometimes, for a few minutes, when I am opening a present, & he is watching to see my reaction, I feel like things are almost normal. As if he loves me as much as before. That same feeling resonates within me when we hug, but is then fleeting. Itís gone too quickly. I guess heís trying. Why does everything shift under my feet so often?

In two days, I leave for church camp. Dad called months ago, to ask me if Iíd like to go. Iíve never been before, but the kids at his church are alright. Thereís one who Iím getting along with pretty well. Maybe weíll stick together. I look forward to Sundays. I get to sit next to dad, whenever I want. We sing together. He puts his arm around me during the sermon. I think heís trying to be a good dad. He loves God. I can tell he wants me to, too. He gave me a bible for my birthday. ďMay Godís love show through your heart and lifeĒ is what he wrote in the front.

Maybe Iíll catch something today. Dad is showing me how to tell when I am getting a bite. So, Iíll fish!


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cindy yarger02/08/07
I like this. You did a very good job with the emotions portrayed here. Your character is real. Well done.
Jacquelyn Horne02/08/07
Liked this. This could go anywhere from here. Good beginning of a short story.
Dennis Fletcher02/09/07
Wow, I felt like the child, empty inside, desperately trying to get it filled. What a wonderful story.
steven matchett02/12/07
The best part is the presence of hope given in the final line. We all need that.
Jon F02/12/07
This is good. I really enjoyed it..
Maureen Perreault02/13/07
I really felt your character's emotions. Wonderful work! God bless your efforts.