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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “All that Glitters is Not Gold” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/24/08)

TITLE: "Timmy Run!"
By Tim Manzer
01/28/08


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When she came out of the apartment I was stunned. All my five senses went into male shock and awe. She had dressed up to go on a date with me. All my dates in the past had been with girls that wore dirty jeans and tee-shirts, just like I had on at that moment. She was a visual feast. She had worn a beautiful dress, perfect make-up and lots of jewelry. She even smelled beautiful. I felt like a junior-higher going on a date with a super-model.

I had only met her the week before while hanging out with my friends. I enjoyed skate-boarding with her college roommate. We talked a little and somehow to my amazement ended up planning a date. My plans for the evening seemed a little humble based on her appearance. However, I was a college student that saved up my pennies to do my laundry, so she was going on a cheap date.

I planned to take her to my favorite hotdog dive and then go on a walk through the downtown Grand Rapids area. I loved the downtown with its tall buildings and unique artwork. I liked playing tag around the outdoor sculptures and enjoyed taking rides on the huge tire swing. Downtown Grand Rapids always brought the child out in me and I loved it.

Partway through the private stroll she was on me like an octopus on a shellfish. She wrapped her arms around me and power kissed my surprised lips. She was not interested in hotdogs or the big swing. My heart rate must have risen to racecar speed. Then she whispered into my ear, “We ought to find some place and go all the way!”

A million crazy thoughts raced through my overloaded brain. Some of them said “Yes” others said “What?” and still others said “No” Then Lassie barked. As a child I loved the Lassie show. Every week Timmy and Lassie got into trouble and out of trouble. My mom banned me from Lassie for a while because she said, “I was too emotionally involved with Lassie and little Timmy”. Lassie and Timmy understood each other. If Timmy said “Lassie run for help” Lassie ran for help. If Lassie barked out a warning “Danger, Timmy run!” Timmy ran!

The soul-bark said, “DANGER! RUN!” So like Timmy of old I ran. I said a clumsy statement, “I think I need to take you back home.” It was a quiet uncomfortable ride across Grand Rapids back to her place. Then I was out of there!

After twenty-four years of wonderful marriage I look back on that night without guilt. I am so thankful that Lassie barked and I ran. Beauty is not found in make-up, sexy dresses or jewelry but rather in faithfulness, morals and personal convictions. So my advice to every young man is “Timmy Run!” Run to Biblical convictions and away from temporary pleasures and shallow values.


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Kim Stairs01/31/08
That is really awesome. Thank you for sharing.
Helen Murray02/02/08
Seeing that I watched a lassie film for the first time in hundreds of years this week, this story really delighted me. Way to go!
c clemons02/04/08
I really enjoyed this, good work, made me smile too.
Joanney Uthe02/06/08
Great title for a great message.
Lucile McKenzie02/06/08
Very nice. Clever way you brought in "Lassie." Nice job!
Marilyn Schnepp 02/07/08
What a unique twist to this weeks topic - and has such a great moral to the story as well! Enjoyed the read and the comparison to Timmy and Lassie; excellent job!
Sharlyn Guthrie02/09/08
Clever tie-in to the topic. I like the soul-bark notion. It's very effective, and something I can take with me.