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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: Hunters and Gatherers
By Annie Glasel
01/15/08


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We are in financial straits again. And I call a family meeting.

The topic of our meeting is to brainstorm and strategize income streams for the household. I make an inventory of marketable skills suitable for the job market; my husband -- he is spouting off business ideas.


We argue back and forth on the merits of the two methods. He says he'd rather not waste his time searching for a job or working for $10 an hour when he could be building a business with a future.

I nod my head, agreeing with him in principle. But I ask, where are we going to get the money to start the business or pay the bills? I am thinking that if a 40-hour wal-mart job guarantees us $250 a week, isn't it $250 more than the theoretical $250,000 we could make with any of the get rich schemes?

My husband leaves the room in a huff - unhappy to hear that I lack the faith to be a lion-hearted hunter of dreams but can only see myself as a gatherer of the fruit on the lowest branch.

I collect the bills, the budget I made (but never discussed). I get on my knees. I ask God to show us wisdom - to either make me more of a hunter or make my husband more of a gatherer.

Later, I find my husband perusing the internet for jobs. He turns to me and says - "if it comes to that, I will go see our friend at Wal-mart."


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Dolores Stohler01/19/08
Well done. This is a good take on the topic and well written. What I would like to have seen is some inkling of the outcome of his job hunting. The story is incomplete without a resolution. Did he find a job that would pay the bills, one that he would find satisfying as well? You're allowed 750 words--use them all.
Yvonne Blake 01/21/08
Interesting title.
I never thought of a dreamer as a hunter, but you're right.
Good job...keep writing.
LauraLee Shaw01/21/08
Yes, there are many conversations out there just like this one. Good job!