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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Winter (11/14/05)

TITLE: Thru a Childs Eyes & Ears
By Randy Shaffer


Growing up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh in the 1960’s was great. I remember going sled riding in three different locations near our home. One was down the road right in front of our home. It was a fairly long and pretty steep hill. The other two were in my friends’ yards. One of the paths included a couple turns, and the other had a built in hump that would cause the sled to fly up slightly off the ground. Those were great times, but what I remember most was sitting around talking and laughing over a mug of hot chocolate as we warmed up.

Then there was the warm feeling I’d get when my brother’s flat black ’55 Ford pulled out of a side road to pick me up as I walked home from school on a cold winter day. He’d usually have two or three of his friends with him. They always made me feel accepted even though I was a lot younger, and were always joking around and having a great time.

One of the most memorable times was when my brother and I went caroling with the youth group. Afterward we stopped at one of their homes and had hot chocolate, pop, chips and the best ham barbecue sandwiches I ever ate. I feel blessed to have so many good memories of winters past. Thinking about the past reminds me how much things change in just a few years.

Today, winter makes me worry about driving in the snow, shoveling, buying the right kind of salt or chemicals to throw on the steps and sidewalk. This year we’ll need to find somebody to do the shoveling because I’m recouping from heart surgery. Thank God for the tools and abilitties He has given doctors today. Did you know that you can still get the flu and flu-like symptoms even though you get a flu shot. Worry, worry, worry, oh to see winter thru a child’s eyes and ears again. But that’s ok; the joy of winter isn’t gone completely.

This year we’ll get the car warmed up and go for a few rides to see the Christmas decorations and lights. We’ll drive by a park and see families tubing down the snow covered hills, and maybe we’ll see someone with an old fashioned sled. Later we’ll go home and have a mug of hot chocolate and talk of the good ol’ days and all the things we did for fun.

This reminds me of my relationship with Jesus. Yes, it has grown over the years along with my faith. But I wonder, as I get older, is my relationship with Christ as exciting as was in earlier times? Oh to have that faith of a child the Bible talks about. How can you and I stop worrying, make memories, and enjoy life abundanntly? Is there a difference between being content; having joy, joy, joy, joy down in your heart; and having fun?

John 10:10b NKJV - I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

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Jan Ackerson 11/21/05
Very lovely and reminiscent. I wouldn't change a thing except the "&" in your title. Nice piece of writing!
Nina Phillips11/21/05
Nice entry..I enjoyed reading it. Leaves us with a very good question at the end.
God bless ya, littlelight
dub W11/21/05
Very nice job, good memory essay. Thanks for posting.
David Story11/21/05
You have helped me to remember that our time is short.
Help me Lord, live it for today.
Great article!
Sandra Petersen 11/26/05
This was a very good essay. Could try submitting to one of the many Ogden publications like Grit or Capper's. Paragraph 3 was a good transition point between childhood and adulthood. with the sentence "Thinking about the past reminds me how much things change in just a few years."
Your concluding paragraph had wonderful points. Being content compared to having deep-seated joy compared to having fun. Good meditation points. Bless you.
Marilyn Schnepp 11/26/05
I may not have enjoyed this story 20, 30 or 40 years ago; but now, in the winter of my life...I can relate to the memories of youth, as you so brilliantly did in depicting those days of joy, un-incumbered with worries, and the Scripture verse was precisely On Track. Thanks for sharing.