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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write in the ADVENTURE genre (05/24/07)

TITLE: My Greatest Joy-Ride
By christine newman


Many would tell you that the best adventures in life happen outside of our everyday existence....when we take that extra effort to be trained, guided, inspired or even 'dared' to take that leap into new undertakings! It sends a rush to our adrenalin and inner quest to conquer the unknown! Some will tell you they have great aspirations and dreams of accomplishing personal life goals in adventure before their lives here on earth are complete.
I have already experienced a lifetime of great satisfaction and thrills in my young 40 years of life and have barely left my Small Town, USA. I am not a world-traveler, entrepeneur, astronaut or stunt-double. I am not a pilot, mountain-climber or film-maker. I haven't eplored the Nile River, swam in Lake Superior or scuba-dived the Great Barrier Reef of Australia...nor visited the jungles in deep Africa. I have never seen the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower or even Niagara Falls. I have no interest in jumping from a parachute or bungee cord, nor do I long to ride an elephant, camel, ostrich or bucking bronco. Most definitely, I would pass on riding horse-back on the steep bluffs of the Grand Canyon or climbing Mt. Everest with nothing but rope and a sun visor. I have yet to experience snow or water skiing, ride the 'Dragon' at AdventureLand or even serve on jury duty. While I have great respect for those that do, I have no desire to serve in the military or law enforcement careers.
Some may think I've missed out on so much or that I've lead an uneventful life up to this point, but, oh, I beg to differ. I have been so happy and blessed. Let me explain.
I am a wife and a mother. Simple pleasures have brought me the greatest treasures! Planting flowers, sipping tea with a friend, lighting candles for when my honey comes home at night, looking at early snapshots of our children, sitting on the shady banks of a peaceful river to think and pray, receiving a letter from an old friend, tasting the first garden tomato, enjoying a beautiful sunset, sharing a walk with a kindred spirit, watching a good movie or reading a good novel, sitting with my precious 96 year-old Grandma as she shares our rich heritage and her life experiences, driving around to look at Christmas lights, sitting by a crackling fireplace and singing songs...And oh, the adventures of motherhood.....

Potty-training my LAST child, pulling a loose tooth, watching that first step and hearing that first word. Being able to join in on flying the kites, playing 'house', reading stories...Watching them learn how to ride a bike and then, so soon, how to drive a car! The thrill of each birthday party, ballgame, performance or landmark in time. Sharing all the victories and defeats along the way...how priceless! The years and adventures slip by so quickly in these young lives. All the pushes on the swings...their first day of school...and their last. Their first boyfriend, their first job and their graduation from high school. So soon they are choosing a college and career and their own life of adventure. How can life get anymore exciting and fulfilling then when you are a mom and recieve a card from your boy who is about to enter into life on his own that says, "Mom, thankyou for always being there through all the ups and downs of life!" What a rush of adrenalin for this mama. Sounds like one of the greatest JOY-RIDES in all the world. Don't you agree?

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Jan Ackerson 06/02/07
This certainly resonates with me!

It'll be easier on your reader's eyes if you break your longer paragraphs into several shorter ones.

Continued blessings on your adventure!
Kristen Hester06/02/07
What a nice essay and reminder to find the adventure in motherhood. I should re-read this when I am longing for an adventure. Thanks.
Dixie Phillips06/07/07
Loved this!!! May I sip a cup of tea with thee before we're six"tea"? :-) Lots of wisdom in your piece!