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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Blog (10/20/11)

TITLE: When The Heart Speaks
By Catherine Maher


I know why it’s called “babysitting,” because I want to “sit on that kid!” I’m here for another ten hour Saturday babysitting marathon. Trust me, there’s no sitting here, just eight year old Danny running, jumping and wrestling around.

Mom says to look at it as if I’m his substitute mother or teacher. I hope the regular teacher returns soon, so I can get on with more fun things. Note to self, be kinder to subs from now on.
Danny wore me out today, wanting to play transformers, hulk, terminator, tag, and hide and seek. He won’t play alone, but insists I role play, in full costume, displaying my own imagination with every game. If I don’t, he jumps around yelling, “I’m gonna tell mom,” until I do. She says it’s difficult being an only child and that Danny loves spending Saturdays with me. I’m glad he loves it. I wish I could say the same.

I could quit, but I like the extra money. Last summer I was a dog walker. Hmmmm, maybe I could get a leash on Danny and take him for a walk. Don’t worry, just kidding.
I’m taking my nook with me today but I don’t know why. Danny doesn’t let me read or do homework. Mom says this is training for when I become a mother myself. I say, if my kid turned out like Danny, I don’t want any.

Once in a while I get him to sit on the couch to watch a video. I found one he hasn’t seen yet, so maybe he will like it. I’ll update my diary while he’s actually sitting for a change. Danny’s mom said I could use her laptop anytime, as long as I keep it on the counter top away from Danny. She says he’s a good boy, he just has a lot of pent up energy.

While he watches “The Green Lantern” I type, trying to solve this babysitting problem. Should I be honest with his mom and tell her how out of control he is or should I just quit? No amount of money is worth ten hours of this……got to go. Danny is screeching at the top of his…..for crying out loud!

Had a heart to heart with mom today. Told her how frustrated I’ve been, and how it’s stressing me out. Mom says I should try to be more positive. She prayed that I would understand what God is teaching me. “Madyson, the bible says in Luke 6:45, Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Mom must have some kind of special line to God because today I started to understand what she has been trying to say. Can’t wait to get home from school and tell her how God changed my heart. I know she is going to be so happy.

“Mom! Mom, today was like taking off dark sunglasses on a bright sunny day. Once my eyes adjusted, I was surprised how clear things became. Remember how you said we have eyes in our heart? Well, God opened mine today! I watched a boy on the playground and found myself imagining how it would be if he were my own son. How I would love him and teach him right from wrong, how I’d play with him everyday. He reminded me a little of Danny.”

“Mom, ten hours is way too long for me to baby-sit, but that money was too hard for me to resist. After this commitment, I need to wait until I’m older. I went there with a bad attitude. I thought it was Danny, but he was just being God’s mirror, showing me how out of control I was. My own diary revealed the hidden selfishness in my heart.”

“Danny’s mom called today. When she opened her laptop, your diary was still on the screen. She read every word. How could you sit at their counter, using their computer, complaining like that? When did you become so thoughtless, Madyson?”

“But, mom! Today God changed me! I can do this now!” “No Madyson, you can’t. Danny’s mom found a new sitter.”

I went to Danny’s house one more time and gave him the Green Lantern toy I bought for him. To his mom I gave a handwritten note of apology. When I’m ready to baby-sit again, I will do it with love and a positive attitude. Same goes for my diary.

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Jennifer Hill11/03/11
I love the Bible verse!! I love how the Mom shared it with the daughter. The ending was really good. A wonderful lesson for all of us, to watch our tongues- out loud or in print. Job well done!Keep up the writing for the LORD!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/03/11
This was really creative. You managed to cover the topic without using the word blog.

There were a few little errors that a good proofreader would catch for you. Make sure you double-space before every new paragraph. (Hitting preview before you hit submit will help this)Also capitalize Mom when using it as a name. Remember to start a new paragraph each time a different person speaks, even if it's just a word or two.

I really liked your message. It's one we all can be reminded of. I also like even though she saw the light, it was still too late. You have a delightful sense of humor. I laughed out loud at the definition of babysitting.
Randy Foncree11/04/11
This story kept me interested...part of it spoke to my heart...thank you for sharing...God bless you in your writing for the Lord...
Kristine Baker11/05/11
I liked following you in this journey but got confused on what day Madyson spoke with her Mom and when Danny's mom called.

Remember to close quotations.
C D Swanson 11/08/11
Good message! I really liked how the character showed the change within.

Nice job- God Bless~
Verna Mull 11/11/11
I loved your title, and the lesson learned Written in a very exciting way.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/17/11
Congratulations for ranking 7th in your level!