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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Dropout (05/12/11)

TITLE: Eddie
By Ken Ebright


Eddie walked into Mr Samsonís office and sat down.

"Hi Eddie," said Mr Samson as he stopped typing on his computer and gave Eddie his full attention.

Eddie's head sunk and was slow to respond, "I have to quit."


"I have to quit."


Eddie shook his head as he looked down on the floor. "My mom's unemployment is about to run out, she still hasnít found a job. Because she's 62, no one wants to hire her and she does not have enough money in her IRA to retire."

"Eddie, I've known your family for years. We attend the same church. You've worked so hard in high school to get a scholarship. Your in you're freshman year, you canít quit now."

"I canít let my mom be thrown out on the street. She has been looking for the past two years. She canít find a job."

Mr Samson pulled his to-do list from a stack of papers. "I've been a counselor here for 20 years. I have some clout with the administration, maybe I can help. Can your mom type or take dictation?"

Eddie sat up and smiled, "She used to be a church secretary."

Mr Samson wrote fid Eddie's mom a job on his to do list. ďCould you give me a week before you quit?Ē

"I guess."

"I will try to see if I can help you mom to find a job."


A week later, Eddie stopped in Mr Samsonís office again. Eddie sat down at his desk.

"Mr Samson, thank you. Two days after we talked my mom got a phone call from the college president, she interviewed with him, and she starts her new job tomorrow."

"He needed a receptionist; I assume that she got that job."

"Yes she did. I donĎt have to quit school."

"Thatís good news I know she will be a good fit. Your mom is so friendly and she makes people feel at home. I recommended her for the job."

Eddie got up and was about to leave, "Thank you Mr Samson. You're the best."

"Don't thank me, thank the Lord, Philippians 4:19 says, My God will use his wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need."

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Verna Mull 05/19/11
I loved the way that you ended this story. I fear that this is a real problem that many people face and God is definately the answer.
Kathleen Langridge05/20/11
Short and sweet. Just one red mark: I think you meant 'find' Eddie's mom a job, not 'fid'

Also, it wasn't entirely clear Eddie was in college but I did figure it out. Maybe instead of saying 'freshman' which could mean either high school or university you could have said 'first year of college/university. Just a thought. Good story line.
Janice Fitzpatrick05/20/11
Inspirational, short and sweet!Loved it! So glad the mom found a job and her young man didn't have to "quit." Thx for writing this-good job and great message and reminder!
Bonnie Bowden 05/20/11
This story is all too real for many senior adults. Statistics show that people over 50 years age old are more likely not to be employed as their younger counterparts. This is largely due to the cost of pensions and health care.

I am glad that your story ended well.
diana kay05/21/11
i liked this story :-) it was no nonsense, no "flowery bits" and i think it is like the college prinicpal, straighforward, down to earth and gets the job done and the message across.
Even the simplicity of the single word title is there.

i am from the UK so education and college etc is different here but i still got the flow of the story. thanks
Kristi Huseby05/24/11
Nice short story. It kept my interest.