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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "A Man is Known by the Company He Keeps" (without using the actual phrase). (01/31/08)

By esther robinson


The bright lamps of high hopes that threw intense light in Johnson’s dark world of ‘no employment’ were suddenly put off altogether that some sort of emptiness caused by deep depression caught hold of his collar once again when his application was turned down following an interview.

With a heavy heart he made his way home. His face looked like a transplanted rose plant whose roots were cut off during transit to a new location so much so that its leaves drooped. Nancy, Johnson’s mother could clearly decipher as to what had transpired between him and the interviewer from the way he held his countenance.

Throwing himself on the cot he buried his face onto a pillow without uttering even a word to anyone at home. Nancy came from kitchen keeping aside all important work to attend on her son, whose feelings were her heart’s thumping. She gently placed her hands on his shoulders. A major portion of the blood in his body circulated only on his face making it seem like an Edward rose of a peculiar pink shade.

“Son! Cheer up! If not this, surely the next. I understand it hurts but thinking over that is like adding fuel to the existing fire. Come! Let’s have lunch.”

“I don’t feel like eating.” Johnny told with moistened eyes.

“Won’t you give company for me? I am hungry.” Nancy knew that he would not bear to hear that.

Johnny got up. “Alright mom! Come let’s eat.” He walked towards the wash basin, applied soap on his face and the cool waters not only did wash away dirt but also carried with it a load of negative thoughts making him a bit light. When he took the first piece of roasted chicken in his fork he felt light like a feather. Nancy did see the rapid positive changes.

“I would have to try at Collin’s Printing Press again.” He spoke thoughtfully.

“Work there until something better comes your way.” His mother suggested approving his thought.

“Well I thought this one would be wonderful. May be I was overconfident.” He expressed his desire as well as weakness as known to him.

“If God has destined that you should work there then nobody can prevent that. You have expressed your desire to God and did go for the interview as well. Now leave the rest to God. The Bible says, ‘In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good.’ Continue to attend interviews. God will prosper your efforts.” Nancy encouraged.

Telephone honked, just as they were about to complete lunch. Johnson picked up the call.


“Can I speak to Mr. Johnson?” An unfamiliar voice asked.

“Speaking.” Johnson responded.

“I am George who interviewed you today. Please report to office and collect your appointment letter tomorrow. Have a nice day.” The instrument hung.

Johnson could not believe his ears. It seemed too wonderful to be true. Truth is not always sour after all.

How come this turn of tide? Lucie, the employer Christopher’s daughter read aloud the applications one by one. Suddenly she had picked up Johnson’s application and spelt out the name of one of the reference person who happened to be a best friend of Christopher.

On hearing that name, he pointed to his daughter saying, “Lucie, bring that form here. “ Lucie stopped reading and gave it. “Looks like my school companions who stood with me through thick and thin for years. I longed to see this fellow for quite some time since we lost contact after that fateful storm.” Holding the application and going over that address once again his heart skipped like a young goat. “Exactly! That same fellow.”

“Its Joseph’s financial assistance and moral support that I am what I am now, as public view me ‘a big shot.’ A man is known by the company he keeps. Johnson is known to such a gentle heart then surely he must also be a rare gem. I cannot afford to lose such a capable and correct candidate on account of my sub-ordinate’s ignorance.” Joyfully he told Lucie happy over the opportunity God has given him to repay in return for the good company he enjoyed and is to enjoy.

Instruction for Johnson’s immediate appointment and much more surprises for his friend.

“Evil company corrupts good habits.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

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Laury Hubrich 02/09/08
Very good writing! I love the ways you wrote some phrases, especially the phone "honking." You have great descriptions. Good, good job. You stayed on topic but you did use the phrase in your entry. That will probably cause you to lose points. Keep on writing! You have talent!
Marlene Austin02/13/08
Good story. Some grammar problems made parts a little difficult to read. Glad to see the happy ending. :)