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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Patience (08/21/08)

TITLE: An Extra Helping of Patience, Please
By Eric Coggins
08/27/08


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Stephen sat hunched over his desk, his head resting in his hand, eyelids shut made heavy by the everyday bump and grind, and his belly aching from one too many helpings of reality. In the background, the television plays its familiar drone as Stephen ponders his next move. Everything seems ready to fall into place. For once it appears that if Stephen will exercise a little patience, life will deliver on its promises.

"Just a few more weeks," he sighs. "Just a couple more weeks," he shouts with teeth clinched and fist pounding on the table. Only fourteen more days, Stephen will interview for his dream job as a professor at a local university.

Over the last two years, while he studied for an MBA, Stephen has prepared for this opportunity. In that time, the family finances have been really tight. Some think he should chuck it all and take any occupation that will pay the bills. Instead, Stephen has resorted to borrowing money from his parents in order to make the monthly obligations. A friend at church often chides Stephen with his sarcasm and dry wit, needling him with words like, "I want you to be a little less cognitive and a little more incognito by getting a job." Those words never made sense to Stephen either. All they said to him were: "You slouch; you dirty sluggard; you two bit, good for nothing, bum."

For the last 30 years, Stephen has often settled for any old job. In fact, Stephen has had over 35 jobs since graduating from high school. He's always yearned for more, but, just before opportunity came knocking, life would come slamming down like an iron gate blocking the way to his best life experienced. With the tyranny of the urgent screaming in his ear: "Pay the bills now!" Stephen would lose patience, acquiesce to the nagging voices, and throw his dreams aside saying, "Maybe tomorrow." Well, as the young barkeeper in the movie musical Bugsy Malone sang: "Tomorrow…tomorrow comes each day." Stephen does not have many more tomorrows. If he is ever going to live his dream, tomorrow has to be today.

In just two more weeks, Stephen has an interview. Too many times he has bowed to impatience and settled for less than life's best. Today, he will take an extra helping of patience please, and wait,thank you very much.


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LauraLee Shaw08/29/08
Clever title and theme!
Dan Blankenship 09/02/08
"eyelids shut made heavy by the everyday bump and grind"

I'm not sure if you need a comma after "shut" or not, but that part sounded a little weird.

Other than that little spot, it was a good read. I know where Stephen is. :-)


May God bless and keep you writing.

Sincerely,
Dan Blankenship