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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Itís Christmas Day (in the present or living memory) (11/27/08)

TITLE: The Gift of Life
By Beth B
12/03/08


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They were in their late twenties and had been married for two years, when they learned Betty was expecting their first child. She was surprised when she went into labor. The baby wasnít due for at least a month. But in labor she was, and almost didnít make it to the hospital in time. Joe not thinking straight, and in a panic somehow ended up with a police escort.

The soon father-to-be, paced in the waiting room. He looked anxiously each time the door opened, for any news. They were elated to learn that they had a tiny, but healthy baby. You can imagine their surprise when Betty continued in labor and gave birth to another baby. Twin girls! What a surprise! They thought they were only expecting one. They were premature and weighted less than three pounds each. Sadly, within hours of birth, the second daughter died, due to undeveloped lungs. As Betty looked through the incubator at their tiny daughter, she smiled. Joe looked into the face of his daughter and was overcome with emotion. This was the first time he saw a reflection of himself in anyone. For you see he was adopted.

While Betty recovered in the hospital, and kept a watchful eye on her daughter, Joe took care of the funeral arrangements. Bernice would be buried in the infant section of the cemetery, near where his adopted mother was buried.

A few days later, Betty was discharged from the hospital. With empty arms, they left for home. Their first born would remain in an incubator for a month.

Finally, on Christmas Day, their daughter was released from the hospital. Donned with a Santa hat and receiving well wishes from the staff, their daughter was gently placed in the arms of her mother.

ďMerry Christmas, our precious Noelle,Ē they both said in unison.


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Jan Ackerson 12/05/08
A tender and bittersweet story. I'd really love to have read more of this family, and to feel as if I got to know them better through dialogue, and through more "showing, not telling."

You wrote with a great deal of warmth.