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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Clothes (11/02/12)

TITLE: It's Just Not Me!
By Gail Burks
11/05/12


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When the children were young, money was scarce.

We tried name brands, so we might save face.

Carson's, Penney's, Sears prevailed,

While Payless and Walmart were always derailed.

As our boys grew like red oak trees,

The girls and the clothes were primary--- indeed.

Our shopping trips became a “tug-of-war” of sorts.

“I'll pick out my own clothes” was the angry retort.

So, the war-cry began, and sounded like this:

“That stuff looks old, it's just not me;

Smooth and swag – for certain it must be.”

Wanting to shop solo, most definitely.

Then, off to college, Express became king – along with

K&G, H&M – and other clothiers for men.

“Are you good with your clothes, winter is coming fast?”

“Hey mom, don't worry. I'll get my own stuff,

Please send funds, it's getting rough.”

But, one day, a text, not cryptic, just plain:

“Mom, pls fnd nearest resale place dn't delay.”

“What, happened to Express, and the letter stores you like?”

“Tryin' to save money, ok, thx and gd bye.”

As my lips turned upward into a big smile,

I recalled the day, when I sat and cried.

A trunk load of clothes – designers – just for me.

Suits, pants, blouses, galore. More that I could possibly keep.

So, I decided, in turn, to bless a friend in need.

But, I digress --- let me finish this story:

Our boys, now twenty-ish, the oldest now a dad.

Already discussing ways to save for his lad.

I need not suggest, neither his father repeat,

What we had to do to make ends meet.

Though, based on their actions, it's clear to them now,

That God is faithful, always providing somehow.

I Timothy 1:14 - And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/10/12
This is a cute poem. I felt like I was talking to you face to face. The pace was just right. Tiny bit of red ink--you repeated now twice in one line. I might've left the second one off or subbed another word. You covered the topic in a fun and interesting way. Good job.
Randy Foncree11/10/12
Love the ending...God bless and thanks for sharing...
Jean C Prentice11/11/12
Loved your article! With children it is alway a job to get them the right things that money provides for, and not the things they want.
Grace Merkey 11/13/12
We had a similar experience with our children. Now even a granddaughter likes thrift stores.
Myrna Noyes11/14/12
Nice poem that is definitely on topic! You did a good job in presenting the dilemma of many parents and their children concerning clothes.