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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: birthday (05/23/05)

TITLE: Serenity of a Birth
By Andrew Curtis
05/26/05


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The harsh, cold wind pierced my overcoat as if I didn't even have one on. My birthday started out with me waking up late. It got worse as every customer I talked to at work yelled at me and told me my company was no good. This made my boss furious and she came down on me very hard. I was written up due to customer complaints and informed that I had to do whatever I could to satisfy customers or I would be terminated. What a way to have a 30th birthday.
My mother told me that birthdays are for reflecting on the last year of our life. I don't have much good reflecting to do. I live alone and don't have many friends. I am a loner by nature and spend most of my time reading or watching the History channel. The last time I went out with friends was over two months ago. I haven't had a date in over a year and it's made real depressed lately.
My favorite birthday memory was my 18th birthday. My friend Dave and I rented a car and drove to the coast about 7 hours away. We met some good looking girls and partied with them all weekend. It was the fun and I wish I could have birthdays like that all the time. That's the end of the good reflecting I could do. Nothing really spectacular in the past year.
The day got worse as I spilled coffee on my shirt twice and also dribbled some of the spaghetti I brought for lunch. A cloud of despair followed me around all day. By the time I left work, I just wanted to go home and go to sleep but I was wide awake after a BMW cut me off and almost made me wreck into the guard rail.
I was fuming while driving home until I saw a marquee on the front lawn of a church. It only had a simple message. “Celebrate the birth of Christ, not your own.” My body and mind immediately calmed down. I smiled the rest of the way to my apartment. I got what I wanted for my birthday; the peace of mind I desired and to know that God was listening.


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Debra Bowers05/31/05
Loved the message, "God is always listening". Sometimes his support shows up in a most unexpected way. Would have liked to hear more about that. I liked this!
Phyllis Inniss 06/02/05
Glad your depression was eased by that sign on the marquee. God works in the most unusual way.
Joanne Malley06/04/05
Your message is an important one and this story has good bones and the ability to be much "meatier." Keep going next time so you can expand on your experiences and thoughts. Also tap a bit into your creative brain! Good job!