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Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)
TITLE: Brian's New Job
By Philip Barrington
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Brian’s life as a writer and editor had become full and overwhelming. He was concerned that his business was affecting his family.
Mrs. Brown had been watching her husband get so bogged down with work. Lost in her thought on how to help, she diligently served her husband with coffee and made sure that his meals were cooked.
Ding dong, the door bell rang just as Mrs. Brown was serving coffee. Looking stressed, Mrs. Brown went to the door. “Oh, hello,” said Mrs. Brown, recognizing her visitor. “Come in Brian. Would you like some coffee?” She asked, while placing a coffee jug on the living room table. “Jack won’t be a minute; he is just about to have his morning break.”
“How is your son Tony? Mrs. Brown asked.”
“Oh, I cannot keep up with him, since he has become a Christian.” Jack said with a smile.
Looking very dreary, Jack came into the living room. “Hi Brian,” he said bending slightly over shaking his hand. “How can I help you?” he asked while sitting down.
Mrs. Brown quietly left the room, realizing the two men need to talk.
“I am very discouraged. I have been looking for work. I cannot find a Job.” He said with a lump in his throat.
“What kind of work are you looking for? Asked Jack with concern.
“Oh, I am a graphics and printing specialist,” Brian said with enthusiasm.
A sudden change of a bright countenance came across Jacks’ face. “I have a small business; I could employ you to do my graphics for me for a few hours a week.”
Mrs. Brown was coming in to offer more coffee when she overheard what was said. “You will be able to finish off Tony and Sharon’s tracts.” Mrs. Brown said with glee.
Brian’s discouragement disappeared. “That would be so helpful.” He said with a smile.
“I am just so busy that I just have not got time to keep up with all I need to do. My life as a writer and editor is overwhelming, Jack exclaimed.”
“I know the life of a writer is busy.” Brian said with concern. “I could start on designing Tony and Sharon’s tracts today,” Brian suggested.
With a peace and in great spirits, they entered the computer room to start work. The writer’s life for Jack was not so burdensome any more.
The hours went quickly. Before they knew it, Tony and Sharon sprang in the door from school, as Jack and Brian were just finishing for the day.
“Mum said that you were over here, so we came over to see how the tracts were going,” said Tony.
“Well, Sharon’s Dad has just employed me.” Brian exclaimed. “Wow,” said Tony. “Did you finish it?” Did you finish it?” Tony asked with excitement.
“No, not quite, Mr. Brown has to review the tract tomorrow before I do the draft print.” Brian said, looking around.
“Oh, such is the writer’s life.” Sharon said with a sigh, breaking her silence.
Jack, Mrs. Brown, Brian and Tony all laughed at what Sharon said.
Why don’t we all have afternoon tea? Mrs. Brown asked, while still laughing.
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