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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Hospitality (02/07/05)

TITLE: Welcome,Come on In
By mary wolf


Welcome! Come on In.

Living life with five children, you always have a house full of people.
There is an automatic understanding that there is always room for one more.

Growing up I was the “helper” outside.
I hated cooking, and housecleaning.
After I had my own family, you know what I found out.
When you love your kids, you will do anything.

Certainly if there friends were always popping in, I wanted my house to at least, be picked up.
They assured me, that it didn’t matter. Their friends wouldn’t care.
Then there was the grocery budget.
What budget?
With teens around all of the time you couldn’t just put on a pot of brown beans and call it supper.
They wanted burgers, or pizza, and of course brownies or chocolate chip cookies.
The kitchen was always full of people. They talked, tasted, and scuffled.

Sometimes, they came after the school ball game.
All they wanted was some soft drinks, popcorn and a big table.
The monopoly games went on for hours. There was also scrabble and gesture. Don’t they ever run out of energy?

Finally, they were grown.
One, by one, they found a mate and settled down.
Then it happened.

Our first son called, to tell us he had orders. They would be moving, but for three month prior to that, he had to be TDY. (Temporary duty)
Could she and the two children stay with us?
Why not?
It only meant toys to pick up, extra meals, laundry, and starting over.
It also meant, time watching them grow on a daily basis. We could never have watched any other way.

About a year later, my husbands Father had to move in with us.
This time only lasted two years.

Six months later Our second sons wife and two boys came, for a year while he was deployed over seas.

I will list the rest in one sentence so it won’t take forever.
My mother, later his mother, our daughter and family they all came for at least one yeat and some for more.
Now forty- five years later, we are alone.

You guessed it! I am going crazy. (laughing)
Hospitality is the greatest gift we can have.
It makes the one who gives, get the most.

God says, “It is better to give than to receive.”
That is true because you can never out give the Lord.

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Delores McCarter02/14/05
This piece demonstrated how hospitality is sometimes a labor of love. I felt the servant's heart through this piece. I wasn't sure about the format on this piece because it looks like a poem yet it reads like a short story. There were
a few grammatical errors (commas, etc). Other than that, it could be a great piece for a family magazine.
Sally Hanan02/14/05
I agree, this could be great once it's cleaned up.
donna robinson02/14/05
You captured the spirit of a house filled with love.
Karen O'Leary02/14/05
So true. Thank you for sharing this piece.
paula burbidge02/15/05
Loved this piece as a mum watching the nest gradually empty, and wondering what comes next. Thank you
L.M. Lee02/15/05
what a welcomed home you have...many people could have that relationship with their family when the need came.