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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)

TITLE: Nice Mug
By Tim Pickl
07/21/07


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Several years ago during the Year 2000 ("y2k"), I was driving a truck
for a local food distributor. During July that year, my boss asked me
to drop off coffee mugs to all of our customers. The mugs were pretty
nice metal mugs--not the usual cheap plastic ones you see in all of the
Truck Stops--they had our logo on them, along with our name, address,
phone numbers and website.

At one of the stops, I dropped off some mugs with the lady at the
Receiving Desk. I was fond of her and always took extra time to chat
every time I stopped there. We talked about everything from shopping
to kids to the weather--and of course--the trucking industry. She
thanked me for the mugs, and smiled with the usual sparkle in her eyes.
I realized that day as I pulled out onto the street I had a crush on
her!

From that day, I thought of her constantly as I drove all over the
State. I seriously looked forward to going back to talk to her again.
I had it (the crush) bad... almost like an infection!

I thought of calling her from my cell phone--but I didn't want to seem
"forward", so I played it cool. Besides, I was always on the road, and
it didn't seem fair and... well, I
would be going back soon!

Finally, about a month later in August, my schedule brought me back
into her office. As I walked in, I saw the gleaming mug perched on the
shelf behind her. I blurted out without thinking, "Nice mug!"
and immediately I saw she was embarrassed. I felt it too--I turned
red--and wished I could run out of there!

But in that awkward moment, something special happened. My feelings
for her changed from liking her with a fond school-kid crush to a genuine
godly love. It must have been a divine appointment, because this shy
trucker found himself asking her for a date.

And she accepted!

We were married a year later on that same day in August. We chose to
do our vows from our heart, and at the end of her wonderful words about
me, she stopped, and said with a giggle, "Oh, and by the way, nice
mug!"

Then our flower girl brought up a shining coffee mug with our picture on
it, our names and the wedding date. Our Pastor held it and smiled. He
improvised and said, "May this cup be a symbol of your commitment to
each other--always fill it with love, joy and peace that only God can
bring!"


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Sara Harricharan 07/26/07
What a lovely story! I liked the touch of the "nice mug" this was original and new. Good job.
Debbie Roome 07/26/07
Refreshing and different.
Catrina Bradley 07/29/07
A sweet romance. The last paragraph was the best. :)
Dee Yoder 07/29/07
Beautiful story! I like your writing style, too. Your story is really good. :)
Betty Castleberry07/30/07
Very nice and well written. I found myself laughing out loud at what your bride said to you. Thanks for sharing.
Mo 08/03/07
How sweet! Congrats on your Highly Commended!