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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Autumn/Fall (08/27/09)

TITLE: Autumn Returns
By shari frost
08/29/09


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Autumn Returns

It hadnít been much of a summer. The usual hot, dry weather that burned our front lawn until it was brown and dead looking never seemed to materialize. The spring rains kept coming until our garden plot seemed to float away. Anytime I did try to plant seeds, they would rot before they had a chance to sprout.
Every time we made plans to go to the beach, it either rained or was so cold that no one wanted to venture in. To say it was disappointing was an understatement. My sister and her three children from Vancouver Island came for a two week visit and our plans to soak up the sun, never seemed to work out. We spent more days than I care to remember, inside playing board games and watching television.
Back-to-school days came way too soon and somehow it just didnít seem right, since our summer holidays appeared to have skipped us. But hot or not, the calendar never failed to remind us that summer was over and ĎAutumní was returning again.
I wanted to yell at someone but who could I complain to? Something was wrong. It just wasnít right. It just wasnít fair! But life passed on and each day began and ended like centuries before.
But then one day it happened! The sun seemed brighter that day and as I took my daily stroll through the back woods, the autumn colors of our maple grove seemed to raise themselves towards the sky in pride. The wind blew through each branch and suddenly their dance lifted my mood. They had no concern over the failed summer behind them. All they knew was that it was time for them to change color and blaze across the sky. It was their time to shine.
Reds and yellows, browns and oranges, caught fire as the sun spun them together in rare beauty. Suddenly the cool, damp summer didnít matter. The beauty of nature soared around me and seemed to remind me that ďtime marches onĒ and good or bad, each season follows the next. No matter how much change we encounter in the ups and downs of life, we can be sure; that LIFE GOES ON and just around the next bend, the next season will return.


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Jacob Drollinger09/03/09
Every year, it seems, I get the same feeling: cheated out of summer, the crisp autumn nights creep up on me.
Solid descriptive writing.
Sunny Loomis 09/07/09
Summer usually seems too short. Good descriptions.
Lisa Johnson 09/10/09
Boy, can I relate to this story this year...I blinked and summer was gone! But at least fall ties with spring for my favorite season, so I won't complain (too much.)