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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Blue (10/08/09)

TITLE: Blue View
By Linda Buskirk
10/10/09


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“Grrrr,” she growled to emphasize her mood. The cold and wet of this day chilled her through like a can of pop in the refrigerator. As she hurried in the blowing rain to the parking lot, she grimaced at the hassle of wet shoes, bad hair and cold hands. It was only November, and she was dreading how this drab and discomfort would drag through the winter.

She got to her car and prayed that her binder was protecting the pages inside from the rain. She opened the door, threw the notebook onto the passenger seat and dove behind the wheel, her rain coat hood dripping water on her face. “Ugh,” she sighed as she slammed the door and sat to catch her breath.

“Grrrr.” “Ugh.” Winter had already reduced her speech to animal grunts, she thought. Perhaps a Jimmy Buffet CD would help. Her mind wandered to that “one particular harbor” at Geiger Key Marina where there was an open deck restaurant on the water. She and her husband watched the sun go down and the moon come up as they sat with friends on that deck the last time they were in the Florida Keys.

As soon as the car started, praise music from her favorite Christian radio station filled the car. It’s hard to grunt and sing alleluia at the same time. With that revelation, she decided to pass on Jimmy and let the radio compete with the beating rain. She sat there for a few minutes before moving the car, looking through the moving wipers to the solid gray sky.

She knew what it was like on the other side of that gray. It was blue. It was sky blue, crystal blue, aqua blue, royal blue. All of the hues of blue, from the lightest powdery blue near the sun to the deep ocean blue near the earth. She thought about what it would be like on an airplane today, plunging into those clouds and bursting out on the other side into clear blue.

She smiled at the thought of it. She picked up a napkin on the seat and wiped the rain off the notebook. She carefully opened it and checked to make sure the paper inside was dry. Miraculously, it was.

Dry in the midst of storm. Blue beyond the clouds. She realized God’s glory is never stopped by the inconveniences of weather. Suddenly a golden stream of light beamed through the windshield. She looked up to see the clouds parting just enough to reveal the blue on the other side. “Thank you for the glimpse of your blue view, Jesus,” she prayed before she put the car in gear.


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Marie Fink10/16/09
Last paragraph definitely the strongest. Great use of contrasting metaphor. Really paints a vivid picture for us.
Ruth Brown 10/18/09
Nice work. I often have thanked God for that blue especially in Colorado one Thanksgiving.
diana kay10/19/09
I like this one ... going into my top list ... not that I am on the judging panel... well we will see if I am right!