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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: Movin' On
By Bobbie Olsen
01/16/08


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MOVIN’ ON…..

I should’a knowed it would happen. It always happens. Just when I’m beginnin’ to feel like I kinda like the town we’re in, Larry comes home with another, “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” and we pack up and move.

Larry, he’s my husband, he’s always wantin’ something new and exciting’. Movin’ is nothin’ for him cuz he’s Mr. Personality and all. He just meets people and right away – he’s got friends. Me? Well, I’m a lot different. I have to know people for a long-time - and maybe - just maybe, I’ll find somebody to call a friend. But that don’t happen very often.

Right now there’s just me and him so it ain’t such a big deal, he says. He says we can be free as the breeze while we don’t have kids and he says when we do, he’ll settle down and stay in one place. I want to believe that – I really do – but I don’t think it’ll happen. I’m not even feelin’ very hopeful that we’re ever gonna have kids since we been married for five years now and nothin’s happenen. At least nothin’ like a baby comin’.

Well anyhow, he’s found the job he’s always wanted he says. You know what? The job he has now was “the job he’s always wanted” when we moved from Holmdale to Rock Flats. He was sellin’ cars there and he’s sellin’ cars here so what’s the difference?

Seems like we fight a lot lately about things like that and about why we don’t have a baby. Actually, I think I could move about anywhere if I just had a baby. You know, someone that I can count on to always be with me. Someone who really needs me.

See, sometimes I just wonder if Larry’s gonna stay with me as much as he likes change and all. He’s always thinkin’ he’s missin’ something; that there’s somethin’ out there that’s better than what he’s got. Once when he was just teasin’ me he told me that he thought “used wives” was just like “used cars” – when you get tired of them you just trade ‘em in. He laughed and said “jest kiddin’” but I think he must-a thought it should be that way.

Fact is, I wonder if Larry will ever be happy with what he’s got. He’s jest got to keep movin’ on, like he’s afraid he’s gonna miss somethin’ if he don’t. Some folks are like that. They just don’t ever feel happy about how good they got it.

Yeah me…. I’m a lot different that way.

Or am I?


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James Dixon01/17/08
There was a nice twist in the last line. How diffrent are we? That had a solid punch to it.

I found some of the slang a bit hard to follow. That can be a danger of speaking in the character's own voice. The voice worked well overall.
Yvonne Blake 01/20/08
Interesting dialect.
I understand the feeling. I moved a lot as a child. It was hard.
Good job...keep writing.