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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Father (as in paternal parent, not God) (04/10/08)

TITLE: A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words
By Wanda Draus


Just married two years to a beautiful woman, a new home and working hard to make partner at his law firm in Chicago, Chad was feeling pretty good about life. The one thing that eluded this happy life was a baby his wife so yearned for. Chad too wanted to start their family. Many times on his ride home he would often think about being a father and what kind of father he would be.

Month after month they waited and finally the good news came. Chad and his lovely wife were having a baby. As the months passed they found out they were having a girl. Names were chosen and showers were given. As much as Chad tried the baby just didn’t seem real yet. He knew that had to be normal since he couldn’t see her or touch her.

He decorated the nursery, set up the pediatrician, took Lamaze classes and scheduled a 4D ultra-sound for the baby that he just read about. It is the latest and greatest in baby technology. Why they were even going to have a website with pictures of his little girl where people could sign in and leave well wishes along with a DVD to take home. Chad was pretty excited about this new 4D imagery since he prided himself always being on the cutting edge of any new technology that made life better, easier or amazing. He had a blackberry, plasma televisions, GPS systems and recently was researching a refrigerator that would let him know when he was out of a certain item.

He invited his mother and his mother-in-law to attend the viewing. Chad and his wife along with moms took the elevator up to the second floor of an old brownstone building in Chicago. As they entered the facility they took their seats while Chad filled out the necessary paperwork. They were then ushered into a very pleasant room where they asked the mom-to-be to lay down as they prepared her for the ultra-sound. Chad sat along side of her and the two moms on a couch nearby. The nurse was telling Chad and his wife exactly what she would be doing and then the lights dimmed, soft music played and the large plasma screen was turned on as they waited. Chad could not believe the set-up and was engrossed in how this was all working when suddenly a little form appeared, a round head, a beautiful body, a little foot and oh yes was that her thumb she was sucking? Chad quickly sat still. Soon forgetting about the technical side of things he sat in awe over the little girl sucking her thumb and how clearly he could see her. Just then the nurse said, “dad, can you see her other hand” and instantly tears welled up in his eyes, that was the first time he heard someone call him dad. In that moment no longer was his little girl something he could not see or feel, because he saw her with his eyes and touched her with his heart and he knew exactly what kind of father he would be.

“For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;” Psalm 139: 13-14a (NIV).

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Crystal-Gayle Goodman04/17/08
I thought this was really well written. I like how you described his emotions from his desire to be a father to becoming a father. The awe you described when he first saw his daughter is touching.
Dee Yoder 04/17/08
The father's heart that engaged when he saw his child is very well described in this story. Love the way you portrayed the moment he finally feels connected to his baby girl.
Jan Ackerson 04/20/08
Sweet story!
Marilyn Schnepp 04/20/08
Such a lovely portait painted by the soon Father-to-be; it was so touching, and it's true...A picture IS worth a thousand words, and thanks for sharing this delightful picture with us! I enjoyed a tug at my heart when "dad" heard his new name...(just a little word on punctuation and sentence structure) otherwise a very nice entry!
Marilyn Schnepp 04/20/08
Oops! "work", not word. Sorry. Just a few comma's here and there to break up the longer sentences.
Celeste Duckworth04/21/08
You made me cry when you connected and the excitement in you was expressed very gently and efficently. Good writing.