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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Childhood (09/03/09)

TITLE: My Childhood Heartbeats
By Donna New


He kept kissing me! I was five years old and I was getting cooties! He held my hand in the first grade line to lunch. One day Scottie told me he loved me but he was Jewish and Natalie was Jewish so he had to marry her instead. I was confused but it was all right with me! He kept it up though, the kissing on my cheek, so finally I told the teacher hoping to stop it all. She giggled. Thatís all! She just giggled!

My next ďboyfriendĒ was in fifth grade. Joey would walk me to school every day. He was one of the sweetest boys Iíve known. He lived behind our house and he came over in the afternoons and my 4 siblings, other neighbors and Joey and I would play softball in our back yard. We had fun until he pitched the ball to my sister and she swung and hit the ball into his stomach, thereby knocking the breath out of him! Ouch! But he forgave and we kept playing! His mom would invite us over to swim in their pool from time to time. I was introduced to the combination of pretzels and cola. Oh my goodness what a wonderful snack that was! Joey was so gentle and patient with us, with me. Joey was a different kind of person than the rest of the world. He never teased anyone, he never was angry, just sweet-natured in every way.

In sixth grade there was handsome Johnny. He made my heart skip a beat. He ended up being a little unkind. I just wish Joey hadnít moved away.

Love is so precious when youíre young. You donít realize it at the time but itís so pure and honest. Scottie loved me. Yet as pure and honest as it is itís still tainted with our background and our religion. He had to marry Natalie. How can things be so complicated when youíre just a kid? Although, he was right in his choice. He was taught well. Our backgrounds would have been different, we would have worshiped God in two separate ways, we would have wanted to raise our kids in two separate ways. It would have been a difficult go had he grown up to marry me.

Then Johnny was the angel of light. Handsome but empty. Iím glad I found that out when I was young. Hopefully he found out too.

Christís love is pure and uncomplicated, more like Joeyís. He takes us the way we are and loves us. He gave everything He was to be with usÖwe did more to Jesus than knock the breath out of Him. Still, He loves us. Heís patient and kind and gentle as He tries to help us grow in Him. Jesus is even more than Joey was to me. He is a shoulder to cry on, a joy-giver, a confidant, the most intimate of friends and a wise counselor. A Love could not be more pure and precious.

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Joanne Sher 09/13/09
A sweet parallel and delightful stories of love. Enjoyed this - and great message too!
Lisa Johnson 09/17/09
Good analogies taken from your memories of childhood loves.