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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Angry (08/02/07)

By Lenda Blackmon



Everyone should approach life the way my 5 year old grandson, Luke, approached the ice cream sundae table at the church fellowship.

He was so excited and so full of anticipation while we waited in line. The little guy just could not stand still and his conversation was filled with such words as awesome, fantastic and wonderful. He gave me moment-by-moment updates on how close we were getting to the serving line.

When he was one step away he turned and informed me, “Nanaw, I am only one step away and you are two steps away and Papa is three steps away.”

When he finally reached the table, he stepped out of line and jumped up in the air, bent over and slapped the floor when he landed. I really thought for a minute that he was going to turn a flip.

Then he let the servers serve him a dip of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream. He wanted to try them all. As we went to the next table full of every topping imaginable, he was still jumping up and down and using those words, “Awesome, fantastic!” He had me put almost all of them on his sundae; a little of this and a little of that and all the while his eyes growing bigger and bigger along with the smile on his face.

When he had finally finished making his sundae, he said, “Hmm, this is made with the finest ingredients.”

You know he never once grew angry because he had to wait in line so long. The anticipation just made it that much better for him. I feel I learned something from Luke that day. To approach this life with so much excitement and anticipation that I just can’t stand it. Trying something new and adding a little of this and a little of that, all the good things that God, our Father, has offered us. Life is too short to be angry about the insignificant things, like long lines or traffic jams. Oh, how I hope that God is watching me and smiling about how much I am enjoying this life He has given me, and I hope I am making it with all the finest ingredients.

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LaNaye Perkins08/09/07
You told a delightful story with such a wonderful message! Keep writing!
Willa Maye08/09/07
You, my dear, are an encourager! Your Luke sounds like a wonderful child. You are blessed, and thanks for the metaphorical reminder through your story about Luke, that sooner or later, we all will get our turn, if we are patient. Good job!
Betty Castleberry08/09/07
You captured a little boy's joy and anticipation for ice cream very well. I found myself smiling. Luke sounds precious. Nice message at the end, too.
Deborah Engle 08/14/07
Wonderful! I appreciated your approach to the topic and enjoyed the story you told.
Patty Wysong08/15/07
What a neat thought! I love how you turned Luke's anticipation into a lesson for us--definately something to keep in mind when I'm (impatiently!) waiting for something. Hugs!! :-)
Pam Carlson-Hetland08/15/07
Cute story, wonderful message. Good job.
Joy Faire Stewart08/15/07
I love this story. Your grandson is a delight and yes, we can learn a lot from children. Great lesson and story.
Dee Yoder 08/15/07
This is delightful and refreshing! I love looking at life through a child's eyes. Your writing is very clear and descriptive. I especially like the sentence in which Luke is counting out how many steps until he reaches his ice cream! Great entry. :)
dub W08/15/07
I liked the story a lot. You captured the essence of a child's eyes and propelled it into meaningful statements. You might want to have someone proof your work to catch some of the small boo boos. Good stuff, keep writing.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/15/07
Thanks for the sweet picture of Luke and the lesson he teaches us all.
Joanne Sher 08/16/07
I love THIS, and Luke, and the message. A real gem - I needed to hear this.
Daphne Delay02/28/08
Excellent analogy Lenda!