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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Bon Voyage (09/05/05)

TITLE: Early Morning Wake-up Call
By Garnet Miller


I see them as early as 5:45 a.m. They trudge up the street from two different directions, all converging at a predetermined spot. They stand like fatigued soldiers dreading a new battle to come. Each carries luggage of a sort—some struggle to pull it behind them, while others are stooped from the extra weight on their backs.

At first, only a few travelers come. One will yawn, while the others clear remnants of last night’s sleep from their eyes. All of them shiver as the early morning blast of frigid air blows through their hair, signifying that autumn is not far off. Maybe tomorrow they’ll remember to come laden with jackets, but I doubt it. They scarcely think past the present day’s events.

I used to keep watch over them from time to time. Now, I entrust their young lives to the One who watches over us all every minute of the day. He is already standing at the corner before the first traveler shows up, but He loves to see that I know He’s there too!

At 6:30 a.m., the sleek yellow taxi finally arrives to pick up our “precious cargo”. The menagerie files on slowly and takes their seats. I smile and wave my good-bye. For the fourth time this week, they are whisked away to a destination we know all too well. At one time or another, we have all been privy to this “paradise”.

School must feel like work when you wake in the wee hours of the morning and return home so late in the day. Congratulations students! Secondary education has become a career.

In an effort to temper the early mornings and late evenings, mothers and fathers prepare a hot home cooked breakfast and serve it with love. We pack nourishing lunches to sustain the weary traveler for the afternoon’s arduous tasks. And, upon arrival at home, the dinner table and conversation await in order to help the young souls unwind from the day.

Despite comments to the contrary, parents really do care. God has given us a special assignment and we take it seriously. Children exemplify the future of our world. How will you send them out?

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B Brenton09/13/05
You a teacher too? Or just a loving parent? I know how it feels - all those tiny little kiddies... all filled with hope.... sigh...
Jan Ackerson 09/13/05
This piece was written with much affection. Try to avoid using "you" in essays of this type. If you are a parent of teens, they are lucky to have you!
sandra snider09/14/05
you captured the drama of every day life. I wasn't sure, however, if you wrote this piece from the vantage point of a school bus driver, or of a parent.
terri tiffany09/16/05
When I read this the first time last week, I didn't get who you were talking about until abit further down, but when I did, I thought what a great description of them!
Val Clark09/16/05
Great suspense at the beginning. Who can these people be? And who is the watcher? Then oh! School kids. Delightful little tale.
Linda Watson Owen09/16/05
You are a keen observer and it shows in your writing. I could feel the autumn chill as I read this charming piece.
Shari Armstrong 09/18/05
Very nice take on the topic -well done!