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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Trees (12/05/05)

TITLE: A New Development
By Carla Feagans
12/12/05


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The young couple proudly surveyed their new home and its surroundings. Their first house, it was so exciting! The flat, blank green squares of each neighbor’s lawn spread before them like a quilt of empty canvasses, each eagerly awaiting the artist’s first brushstroke.

As their young daughter began to walk and talk, the flowers and seedlings they had planned and planted were beginning to bloom and grow. All around them, new life abounded, and their hearts were happy.

The daughter’s first days of school came in succession, each year arriving quicker than the last. In first grade, she celebrated Arbor Day by planting a new baby tree right outside her bedroom window. The little tree proudly sprouted new leaves and branches with each passing year. She pointed her tree out to friends when they visited, as they took turns turning cartwheels over the top of it.

Her gymnastics classes and soccer games were replaced by driving lessons and dates. The tree’s limbs held her feet steady as she maneuvered the branches, gliding silently in and out of her dark window. Her parents slept heavily, exhausted by their work days. The lawn service man ignored the red ribbon that had fallen to the base of the tree, as he efficiently swept it up with the rest of the yard debris.

Packing up the last of her things as she prepared to leave for college, the daughter glanced around her bedroom one last time. She caught sight of her tree out the window, a smile of memories mixed with anticipation tickling her lips as she silently said her good-byes.

The elderly couple listened eagerly for the sounds of the car pulling up. They were already out the front door before their new grandson was settled in his stroller. The bright, clear blue sky spotted with wispy white clouds was the perfect backdrop for their picnic. Providing ample shade for their meal, the tree’s solid branches embraced the laughter and dreams of new promise that filled the air.


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Sharon Singley01/20/06
this is so sweet and so well written! Thank you for sharing.