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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Purple (11/05/09)

TITLE: Purple Skies
By Danii Randolph


Purple Skies

The morning sunlight is peaking through the bright purplish blue sky as the dawn of a calm Thanksgiving morning breaks into day. Applying the final trimmings to a traditional dinner a mother and daughter sit in the kitchen talking of times past. All the while, the daughter sends her two oldest children to the corner store to gather last minute items.

The morning preparations are going as planned until the daughter begins to experience breathing complications. With each passing second a severe asthma attack takes over the childís body, the mother aware of the childís distress instantly stops what she is doing.

As the mother tends to the needs of her child the child seeks relief through the use of an in home breathing device. Failing to sufficiently open the air passageway, the breathing machine does not prevent the childís strength from declining. In a matter of minutes the home once filled with hopes of a blessed thanksgiving shifts into an atmosphere filled with panic and fear.

In her shortness of breath, the daughter transitions from the kitchen table to the living room couch as a means to finding relief. Falling short of her intended destination, the childís lifeless body crumples to the living room floor just as screeching cries for help seeps through the mother. Piercing the stillness of the purplish blue sky the sound of wailing and screaming resounds throughout the neighborhood. Alarmed by the neighboring commotion, the older children rush home to witness the cause of the early morning stir. Faced with the unexpected, the children are greeted with the vision of their motherís lifeless body lying in the middle of the living room floor. Panicked into action, the children speed back to the local supermarket to place a call to 911 from the community pay phone.

Shortly after the call, the blaring sound of sirens mixed with the cries of a desperate mother fill the streets. Moving swiftly through the crowd that gathered outside the first floor apartment, the emergency crew bursts through small entryway to tend to the needs of the sickly woman. Unequipped to handle the severity of the ailments, the woman is quickly transported to the hospital.

In the care of medical professions, doctors worked tirelessly to restore the life that was slowly drifting out of the womanís body. To no avail and after much effort the doctors called it-time of death... The departure of the woman from this life left four children without a loving mother and a mother without the love of her daughter.

Only as God can do, a short time after the time of death was called- breath was breathed back into the womanís still body and active vital signs were evident. The doctors were amazed, nurses astonished and I myself grateful. You see I am the womanís younger child who was hiding in the hallway as I watched her life slip away. Grace be too God, I am the same child who cliched to her grandmother and older siblings as God miraculously restored life into her motherís body.

Now when I have the chance to look into a purplish blue sky I am forever grateful and reminded of the day God allowed my motherís golden moments to roll on.

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Alicia Calhoun11/13/09
God's grace and power is indeed awesome. Nice story, great job!
Barbara Lynn Culler11/14/09
Great story, but I am confused. I thought that it was a child that was having the asthma attack, and her body collapses, then we see that it is the mother who is down. I am missing something here.