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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sport or Fitness (02/15/07)

TITLE: Getting Fit
By Elizabeth Hale
02/16/07


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Every day for months now, Joe's mom had come home from work, exhausted from being on her feet all day long. After setting her things down on the kitchen table and fixing a cup of coffee, she would disappear into her bedroom for an hour or so, the lock on the door clicking behind her.

"Ma, what are you doin' in there?" Joe would call through the crack. "How come the doors locked?"

"I'm getting fit, Joe. It's a private thing," she would call back. "I'll be out soon."

So he'd wait impatiently for her to emerge so she could take him where he needed to go and fix dinner.

After many months of this, Joe remarked, "Mom, you've been 'getting fit' for a real long time now but----" he surveyed her, "you still look the same to me."

Mom laughed. "It's not that kind of fit." She pinched a tiny roll of fat around her belly, just like in the Special K cereal commercials ("If you can pinch an inch...") "That's next though". Mom sat down.

"You know I've been spending a lot of time at church lately, Joe. Something is happening--out there--in here, I guess, and I'm not prepared for it. So I'm getting ready for whatever it is by studying the Bible and praying. I'm getting spiritually fit for---well, for whatever God has planned." She studied his face.

Joe slowly nodded. His youth group leader had talked about this a lot lately, what with all the exercise crazes going on. "Brother Mike says being spiritually fit is so much more important than being physically fit. But exercise is important too, he says. It's all about finding the right balance."

Mom nodded. "Well, I was really unbalanced, then. Worried, upset, stressed out all the time about nearly everything. I forgot that I don't have to go it alone. I feel better now."

Joe had to agree. His mom had been a lot calmer since she began her 'fitness' routine. She had almost become serene. He needed to get busy and get more fit himself.

"Mom, about that 'inch' around your stomach---" his voice trailed off as he saw Mom's eyebrows raise, "race you around the block after dinner?"


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Jorge VanSlyke02/22/07
I read through yours and you used easy to read words. It has a nice flow to it and you were able to impart your lessons without sounding too preachy. Good job! c",)
Helen Paynter02/22/07
A good story with a good message. I particularly liked the light touch at the end. Well done.
Jacquelyn Horne02/23/07
Good message. Good pov.
Angela Logsdon02/23/07
I liked it too. great comparison between physical and spirtual fitness.
Donna Emery02/26/07
A very good story and it holds a dual challenge for many. I liked the relationship between the characters and I enjoyed the ending. Good work