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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Spring (the season) (07/23/09)

TITLE: SPRING FORWARD WITH THE LADY BUGS
By Rebecca Hosking
07/28/09


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The air had a scent of fresh cut grass. The flowers had come alive and spring was in full bloom. She lost her Fiancé three years ago today. A lot can happen in three years but for her time had stood still.

But time had not stopped and it was still moving forward. The laundry still had to be done. The trash still needed to be taken out. Several seasons had passed and always came back to this day. There were good days and bad days but never any instructions on how to let go. She also felt that letting go would be saying good-bye and she was not ready to say those words. It felt more comfortable living in the past then it did moving forward into the future. The past was full of things she knew and loved the future was darkened by the unknown.

Her friends and family felt that holding on to this extent was unhealthy. She was falling into the trap of self sabotage and was becoming quite unreliable. The phone soon stopped ringing and the mailbox was only littered with bills. Through the years she had slowly pushed away anyone who meant anything to her as a defense mechanism. In the process of protecting herself from loss; she ironically had lost everything of value left in her life.

One day while in the garden she spotted a lady bug just before it flew away. She remembered how Charlie loved playing with the charming little creatures. They would flock to his fingers and he would chuckle with his boisterous laugh as their tiny legs would tickle his skin. He was a magnet to them. They loved his laughter as he loved their charm. She tried to chase the lady bug and follow it to its destination but it was too quick for her. She searched and searched for more so she could entertain this memory for a bit longer. There were no lady bugs to be found. Finally exhausted from her frantic search she laid in the lawn chair. The sun warmed her face as she dose off to sleep.

There in her dreams she was always able to talk to him and relive the memories they shared. He came to her again like he always had in the past. He laid a flower on her lap with a lady bug resting on its petals.

“They are never around when you are looking for them are they?” Charlie questioned.

“No, I guess not.” She answered with a solemn understanding.

“You know, letting go is not the same as saying good bye. Look at the world and everything the Lord has made. You have not lost me I am always close. This is the day I met my maker. The plan God put in place for me has been completed but your journey is still yet to be lived. Spring forward before the lady bugs leave you behind.”

His voice did not speak in words it was in sync with the swaying grass in the springtime breeze. It came alive through the birds in the trees. She awoke to find several lady bugs crawling on her fingers and tickling her skin. She could not help herself as a smile spilled across her face.


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Deana Thomas07/30/09
The pain of grief is tangible in your writing. In fact, I've got tears welling up from reading it. You express her drawing inward & self-imposed loneliness so well. Thank you for allowing her to Spring Forward. Well-written.
Deborah Caruso07/31/09
Springing forward from grief can be a slow and painful process. I love how you used the lady bugs to tie her past in with her future. Good writing!
Jackie Wilson08/01/09
A sweet story about dealing with grief. I enjoyed reading it.