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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Fruit (10/10/05)

TITLE: Fruit....To Be or Not to Be Eaten
By Yolanda Baker


If youíre a parent, you might relate to this story Iím about to tell.

Have you ever taken a look at the history of fruit? Cast your mind back to the story in Genesis. Adam and Eve gave fruit a bad name by taking it from the tree and eating it after God told them not to. This might explain why children hate fruit.

When I prepare myself for the big grocery shop each week, I cringe knowing that I have to buy tons of fruit. You know the stuff; it goes moldy quickly when not eaten, and if someone doesnít watch where he or she steps in the pantry, your apple or orange would be of the flat variety! What I love most is how a child will say they are hungry and later you find a hairy kiwifruit behind a dresser. (It certainly is not the hair that God created on the kiwifruit either). Other times a child will wait until bananas are no longer yellow, then look at me like it was my entire fault they didnít see them in the pantry on the floor, They point the finger at me accusing me of moving them. As their mother, I would like to explain how it is much better eating a banana while itís still yellow; yet I know they would look at me with a blank face, as if to say, ďreally mum?Ē
Another time, while cleaning up around the house, I came across something that was brown and covered with fur. This object looked like it had once been something you would eat. So I decided I would have a closer look, and in doing so, I found it had become an over ripe- apple. I was disappointed it left its mark on the carpet for years to come.
All the experts say that fruit is good for a child. If this is the case, then why is it a challenge for parents to get their children to eat it? They would rather have the over-sugared and high- fat muesli bar or the high- fat potato chips. It would help parents if television would stop advertising how good all the junk food is for a growing child.

Actually, I feel sorry for the fruit; look at how poorly itís treated. Imagine this: You sit down to watch the movie youíve been waiting to see, when a great car chase in the movie comes on. They will always run into a fruit stand! Have you ever wondered why? In others Iíve seen how the audience would show the actors what they thought of their acting, by throwing fruit at them! Have the directors never heard of the starving children in third world countries? Iím sure God meant for us to use the luscious fruit in such a way, right?

Seriously though, fruit has lived a sad life. Letís help turn the trend around and lead by example. Letís show our children how special the fruit is and eat it with a smile on our face.

P.S. No fruit was harmed or damaged while writing this story!

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Julianne Jones10/18/05
So funny! However there's always an exception to the rule and I am in the enviable (?) position of never being able to keep the supply of fresh fruit up to my family of growing boys. Keep writing. Your sense of humour is contagious.
Alexandra Wilkin10/19/05
Seriously though...combining the tribulations of parenthood with fruit has produced a neat and amusing piece. The editing needs some tightening up in places, but you have a voice all of your own. Keep writing! God bless.
B Brenton10/19/05
You have a really humerous style, and that's the style that keeps your stuff worth reading. That's what will keep your stuff sailing through into the intermediate category. You made great points, you had great imagery and I had a laugh. So, if this was your purpose - then mission complete!
Karen Ward10/19/05
Good sense of humour! I too have found unidentified objects believed to be fruit in the most unexpected places! Our biggest problem is fruit with seeds. Clearly, as far as my boys are concerned, that's where God REALLY got it wrong! LOL!
Garnet Miller 10/19/05
Ha! I threw away a whole bin of apples last week. Of course, everyone asks for one after they've been thrown away. Kids are so funny. Thanks for sharing!
Emily Shumack10/19/05
As others have said before me, your sense of humour came through strongly. I could relate well to the uneaten fruit saga! Well written!
Laurie Glass 10/20/05
Your article made me chuckle. I love the way you put this together. Very nice.
terri tiffany10/21/05
You made me think about the apples I bought my daughter going to waste in my fridge..maybe I'll go make applesauce! Nice story and thoughts!
Suzanne R10/21/05
Not a parent, but an avid fruit-forcing aunt, I identify! My nephew and niece call me 'the fruit police', and I too wonder why junk food is so much more attractive?! But I've got a lot of over-ripe fruit in my own house too so......

Well done!
Debbie Sickler10/23/05
Yolanda this was really cute. I especially liked the parts about cars crashing into fruitstands! I'd notticed that before too. :) Good Job on a unique piece!
Cassie Memmer10/23/05
I enjoyed your hairy fruity piece! LOL! Keep up the good work!