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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Rich (04/26/12)

TITLE: It's Just Easier
By Ramona Cook
05/02/12


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Mary, going to the waiting room called for the next patient to come to the Laboratory for the blood draw that was ordered by the doctor. “Lucille,” called Mary, “You're next.”

Lucille was an older lady. She carried a little more weight than her physician was pleased about.

Lucille entered the Laboratory with a plethora of instructions about what must be done to have a successful blood draw from her. She said that nobody could ever get her blood on the first attempt. It was obvious to Mary that Lucille was scared and in a state of panic.

Mary assured Lucille that she would be gentle and felt that she would be successful on the first try. She comforted Lucille with the promise that if there was pain she would stop.

That was Mary’s introduction to Lucille. Lucille was ever after a joyous patient when she came to have her monthly blood draws. She appreciated the way Mary applied herself to being respectful and caring, and that Mary never had to stick her twice. Lucille therefore decided she would do something for Mary that Mary could not do for herself.

Lucille loved good food. She decided that she would take Mary to the City’s finest restaurants. This would provide educational experiences for Mary; and for herself a dinner companion.

The two of them shared many meals and long hours of discussion about their lives and the Lord’s faithfulness to them in their troubled times. They had both been unsuccessfully married and would sometimes share war stories.

In time Mary moved and the relationship with Lucille faded into a memory.

When Mary thinks of Lucille she chuckles about the last meal they shared during which Lucille made the summation statement regarding the difference between their lives. “We’ve both have had a hard life,” she said, “But I will choose my hard life with money over your hard life without money.”

Who could argue with her?


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CD Swanson 05/03/12
This was a sweet story. I enjoyed it, and I loved how the two friends met. It touched my heart.

Good job. God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/05/12
This is a very different take on the topic. At first I was taken aback by the twist in the ending. I liked how you went about handling the topic in such a different way. I suspect everyone may not agree with you but the greatest thing about this story is it really makes the reader think and delve into her own life. I also could relate to the MC in the beginning because I'm a very difficult person to get an IV in or to draw blood from. You did a nice job with this out of the box topic.