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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/10/08)

TITLE: The Potato Peeler
By Fiona Dorothy Stevenson
01/12/08


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THE POTATO PEELER


I looked at the potato peeler in my hand, and sighed. When my Mom peeled potatoes she used a small sharp knife. Her parings were paper-thin. Using a knife I cut half the potato away : she would say, “That was a waste!” Even WITH a peeler I could never pare them as thinly as she.

I thought of the tools I have used through the years; my search for the ‘perfect implement’. Mom had six or seven tools, and with these few her every task was done. Regularly each year I cleared my kitchen drawers, discarding everything I had not used for some time. She would have said, “That was a waste!”

Now at last I looked at my small collection of tried and true, compared them with the list of necessary or recommended kitchen utensils in my cookbook, and looked again at the catalogue I had been studying, the list I had been making. I realized there was a lesson I had yet to learn.

The potato peeler in the catalogue looked so sophisticated, all stainless steel and ebony. The peeler in my hand was small and fitted easily into my palm. The nick in the handle was an instant indication if I was holding it incorrectly. Of course, there was the electric peeler too, but that could hardly be justified when I peeled so few potatoes in a week!

I looked again at the implements in the drawer, comparing them with my new list and the catalogue. Paper shop-window! I tore my list in two, closed the catalogue. My implements would do. I heard my mother say, “That would have been a waste!”

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Lisa Kingsbury01/17/08
Great illustration. I think we all must have a "drawer" like that. Good job.
LauraLee Shaw01/21/08
Cute story!
Linda Germain 01/21/08
With some appropriate-to-the-subject Scripture, this would make a nice devotional for any number of publications for women. On topic. Good teaching.
Yvonne Blake 01/22/08
(smile) Although, I'm not a gadget person, I know some who are.
This is right on topic, but it would have been nice to expand your thoughts a little more...maybe to the other things on the "list".
Good job...keep writing