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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Good and Bad (05/07/09)

TITLE: Change is ?
By Gordon Lavoie


I usually enjoy spending my lunch hour just loafing in the park. I typically pick a nice shady place underneath a large leafy tree, and casually read my devotions. Slept in this morning though, left home in a hurry and forgot my bible, so I have this magazine, and now I am so depressed. I can’t seem to take my eye off of this darn picture. This guy has everything, house, pool, car, probably has a good job, lots of money, a great girlfriend, who knows what else. I have none of that.

It’s not that my life is all bad, it‘s just, not as good as I‘d like I guess. I have a job, but don’t make enough to afford a girl friend. I have an apartment, but it’s not that nice, no car, no pool. I’m terribly disheartened right now. I wanted to ask my co-worker, Megan out this morning, but what am I going to say? “Would you like to catch a bus to MacDonald’s after work tonight?” “Yea, right.” And now I see this picture, this guy has it all, and I have, well, I’ve got a magazine, and a picture of the way I’d like it to be. If it could just be different, maybe if I stare at it long enough, if I wish hard enough, if I……..

I usually enjoy spending my afternoon along side the pool, wallowing in my wealth so to speak. Today, not so much. It’s like, one day you’re on top of the world, the next, some stupid punk steals your best client. What am I going to do? The mortgage, the payment on the BMW, the Paris trip I promised to Cecilia. She’s going to have a fit. Probably leave me, if I loose my job. I almost forgot, I owe Dave a couple of hundred for that dumb football bet. I got more troubles than teeth, and way too much debt. Funny, how things change, what seemed so good yesterday, is gone so bad today.

I wonder if the art gallery would buy that watercolor back I bought last week. To bad, it’s a good picture. I can see it on the living room wall from here, nice work of art, such a tranquil scene. Beautiful park setting, You can see a young man sleeping in the cool shade under that massive oak tree, so relaxed. He was reading a book or something, you can see that it has fallen beside him in the grass. So peaceful, probably doesn’t have a care in world. Boy what I wouldn’t give to trade him places. Maybe if I stare at it long enough, hope enough, wish…….

“Rob! Rob, wake up.” I could hear a voice, but I couldn’t figure out where I was, who I was.

“Rob, you’re going to late for work. Lunch is over, come on sleepy head, time to go.”
It was Megan. I had fallen asleep under that silly tree. What a crazy dream. Then again, maybe not so crazy. Maybe my life was not so bad after all. Maybe God was just teaching me a lesson.

“Meg, wait up” I had to run to catch her. “Thanks for waking me. Bye the way. I was wondering. Would you be up for a bus ride after work tonight? We could go for a burger or something. My treat.”

“Boy, I never saw that one coming, Rob. Sounds good though. It‘s a date then.”

“Yea, a date.” Funny how things change, (I thought to myself.) what seemed so bad an half hour ago, suddenly is so good.

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Jana Kelley05/15/09
Wow! This is really good! I really enjoyed it and love the twist at the end. Great job!
diana kay05/16/09
I like the contrast of life through the two peoples lives. I enjoyed reading this one.