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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Selfishness (02/14/05)

TITLE: Undeniably Selfish
By angela belock


Gripping tightly to his stuffed toy Johnny yells, “MINE! MINE!” Our big monster of a dog wags his tail eager to play with my son. First licking Johnny’s face to reassure him that he only wanted to play Axel barks loudly. Johnny hurries to his feet crying, “No Doggie! No! Mine! MINE!”

Axel wags his tail and lowers his front end, sticking his huge behind in the air with his stubby little tail wagging, his eyes smiling and his mouth drooling out the words , “WOOF! WOOF!” Translated that means, “Yes! Yes! Play! Play!” The huge Doberman starts running around the boy barking and wagging his tail.

Pushing against the dog Johnny wacks him with his prized toy. The long floppy ears of the well loved rabbit are too much for Axel to resist. He gently nips one of the bunny’s ears between his front teeth and starts to tug. Backing away slowly, tugging and playfully shaking his head, Axel begins to bat his paws at my son’s grip.

“MINE! MINE!” My little one cries at the top of his lungs as both hands grip tightly onto the toy not letting go. Screaming Johnny hopes Mommy or Daddy will come make this brute leave his prized rabbit alone. Which I was trying to do, but I happened to be distracted by my own problems in the laundry room.

Then the unmentionable happens. RRRRRRIIIIIIPPPPP! Dropping the laundry on the floor I run into the other room and scoop my little man up into my protective arms. We both look at the decapitated bunny and then over at the dog with the rabbit’s head dangling from his mouth. I walk over to retrieve the remains from Axel and he runs from me. As I try again he tosses the head into the air and stuffing flies everywhere as he races to catch it again. This time I was too fast for him and stretching my arm out I caught the soggy mass of drool and fluff on the tips of my fingers. Cringing as the soggy cold mass settles into my palm I wonder if my son knows what I sacrifice for him.

Walking around the room I begin to pick up as much stuffing as I can in order to reinstall the bunny head back onto the bunny body. As I proceed I soothingly tell my son that after surgery his beloved toy would be restored to his loving possession. Dripping with dog goo I only wondered how I could make this bedraggled creature look like a bunny again..

Later that night I reflect on what happened with a religious insight I have not had before. The disciples, during that long night many years ago, became like my two year old and his beloved rabbit. I can see the disciples and my son have many things in common. Like Johnny gripping with all his two year old might to hold onto the rabbit, so did the disciples hold onto Jesus with a great selfish sentiment in their hearts and were astonished when he was lovingly returned to them.

If we could all be a little more like my two year old and hang on no matter the cost to Jesus’s love think of the rewards we would receive. If we would all bear a selfishness towards doing his work and hang on with our fists bunched into the cloth of God’s robe, think about the abundance of love we would feel. Sometimes it’s okay to be just a little bit selfish.

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donna robinson02/21/05
What a sweet read. So often life handles us a situation and it's always late at night when have time to reflect that we see the bigger story.
Sally Hanan02/22/05
Lovely story.
Crista Darr02/24/05
Your writing is very visual. I enjoyed your story.
Phyllis Inniss02/26/05
Lovely story and a different look at selfishness.