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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Outlandish (05/19/11)

TITLE: Examining Fads, and Siding With My Dad
By Verna Mull


Since I have one pointer finger, and 4 fingers pointing back at me, I find myself doing quite a bit of self-examination.

When I was young, there was a fad of wearing “sloppy joe” sweaters, and I am really surprised that I was allowed to wear one.

The “sloppy joe,’ was a sweater nearly 4 sizes larger than a normal sweater, and, according to my Dad, “one of the most outlandish outfits he had ever seen.”

I’m sure if my mother hadn’t been a bit sympathetic with my wanting to do some things like my peers, Dad would have sent me to my room “to get something decent on.”

Looking back today, I can imagine the conversation they may have had over allowing me to purchase the sweater.

Dad-“Why did you let her buy that outlandish sweater?”
Mom-“Well, she earned the money for it, and besides, that is what the girls are wearing nowadays.”
Dad-“And, I suppose if she earned the money, you’d let her paint up her face, her fingernails, and look just like a prostitute.”
Mom-“Of course I would not, but this little episode will pass. As a Christian girl, I know that she tries very hard to be different than people like that. There are many things we do not allow her to do, and this is one thing she can do that will not affect her relationship with God.”

Well, within a year, the fad had passed, and I can’t remember ever wanting to do some of the things that followed the “sloppy-joe.”

As I look at young people today, I’m afraid I lean towards my Dads feelings about fads. When a fad borders on indecent exposure, and suggestiveness( such as drooping pants that are just plain embarrassing), and short, short skirts with black tight tights, (leaving very little to the imagination, and making the girl look just like a flapper, it seems that things have gotten out of hand.

Oh, yes, I can overlook the overdone jewelry, unkempt hair, (which will pass); but today, the dress of many of our Christian youth is way beyond the limits of things that the Scripture says very clearly.

II Cor. 6:17 wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate unto the Lord.

Dress is specifically mentioned.
I Timothy 2:9…..adorn themselves in modest apparel

Are there any others out there that are concerned, or am I just an old “fuddy-duffy? Yes, I am siding with my Dad.

I John 2:15 Love not the world neither the things that are in this world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in Him.

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Lisa Fowler05/26/11
You make a great case for your dad's "side" of things. Perhaps time and maturity- and maturity in the Lord has helped. BUT - thankfully - the Lord looks on the heart for I'm afraid none of us would "make the cut" on outward appearances alone! Thanks for sharing.
Deborah Porter 05/26/11
This entry is this week's randomly chosen winner of our weekly bonus prize--a free ratings feedback report. The author will be contacted today via the Private Messenger service with more information.

Congratulations. :-)

Deb (Challenge Coordinator)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/27/11
I love it when kids realize they are turning into their parents. It's amazing how maturity can help us see things in a new light!
Bonnie Bowden 05/28/11
I have to side with you and your dad on this one. I can't stand the drooping pants either. Some kids wear them so low, that they don't cover anything.

I am glad that fads will some day pass away; I just hope the next fad won't get any worse. However, its nice to know that most people that mature, don't practice them anyway.
Leola Ogle 05/29/11
Great story! Congrats on winning the Challenge Bonus Prize. You will find it extremely helpful! I did! God bless!
diana kay06/02/11
woo! you have the bonus feedback prize so do you really need my comments as well? Outlandish clothes and teenagers are of course a great subject for this theme. I like the way you explore this. I felt the first sentence about your fingers seemed a bit random and unecessary actually. otherwise great humor and well written. title could have been a bit snappier to draw the readers attention to the funny side of the piece and help it stand out from the pack.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/02/11
Congratulations for placing 7th in level one!
Bonnie Bowden 06/03/11

I really liked this story. I thought you would place in the top five. Winning the prize will be invaluable to you.