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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Bloom (11/22/12)

TITLE: The Orange Tree
By Connie K Cameron
11/24/12


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The Orange Tree

When I was two years old, my family moved from Iowa to California. My parents found a beautiful home in LA county, in the sweet little town of La Mirada. The house was a few years old but no one had lived in it yet. I was told that the owners did landscaping and this house had many plants, bushes and trees that the other houses in the neighborhood did not have. One of those trees was an orange tree.


Now, every year that orange tree got hundreds of buds but every year every last bud would drop off and we never even had one orange.


Around the time I was 11, in the 6th grade, I became interested in this process. I started to wonder why the orange tree never got any oranges and I decided that I was going to help this tree and this was going to be the year it would produce baskets full of oranges.


I really took care of that tree. My mom told me to give it egg shells and coffee grounds for nutrients, so I gave it plenty of tree food. I watered it every day and I gave my new best friend pep talks.


Just as every year the orange tree was filled with blossoms and just as every year the blossoms dropped off one by one until there was only a handful of blossoms left. I got a little discouraged but I kept watering it and one by one that handful of blossoms turned into tiny oranges, unfortunately that is as good as it got. Each little orange dropped off until there was one orange left,


Iím not sure but I think God looked down on me and had pity because that tiny thing did become an orange. And one morning I got up, went into our beautifully landscaped back yard and I picked my full sized orange.


In the years to follow, My orange tree produced many, many oranges. I guess the little tree just needed someone to love it, and I did.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/29/12
I just think this story is positively adorable. It has so many layers of wisdom and messages in it. I think many will see how prayer works. Though the message that rings in my heart is don't give up! It would have been quite easy for your MC to throw her hands in the air and say it's not worth the effort. I've felt like doing just that recently but your little story made me change my mind. For the first time in days, there is a smile on my face. Thank you so much!
Christina Banks 11/30/12
What a sweet entry. I'm glad that you got to enjoy the fruit of your labor.
Joan Nakyana12/02/12
This story is quite sweet.
CD Swanson 12/04/12
I absolutely loved this entry. It made my heart smile. Thank you. God Bless~
CD Swanson 12/06/12
Congrats! God bless~
Bonnie Bowden01/09/13
Isn't it amazing what love and care can do? This is an excellent illustration.