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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Make Hay While the Sun Shines" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (03/06/08)

TITLE: Busy and Happy Hands
By Cynthia Martin
03/06/08


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Her eyes glistened in the bright sunlight as she wiped the sweat from her brow.

One more row of potatoes to plant and then, I can take a rest for a bit she thought as she breathed a deep sigh of relief.

Alex, her husband was putting up some new fence along the main line facing the road. Last year, all kinds of animals kept getting into the field and they lost a lot of crop.

Alex stood up and realized that the sun was fading vastly behind the clouds, so he knew he must hurry to finish the fencing.

It was always hard to get these projects going at the beginning of the planting season.

It would always take a lot of push to get out there and do the work, but once out there in the field and doing the work, was like thriving on the word of God alone.

Sure, when Angela came in from the field that night, she would start to feel every little ache and pain from her hard labor.

Then, she would tell herself, "This too will pass."

It was not only a joy in knowing she accomplished something that she knew God would be happy about, but also, looking forward to the harvest in the fall and how much money she would save on groceries during the cold and dreary winter months.

As she tapped on the last spot of dirt she had laid, she heard the voice of Alex calling her as he neared toward her.

"I hope that was your last row, because we will lose daylight soon and I don't know about you, I think I have worked up quite an appetite."

Angela smiled through her now dirty face and took off the thick work gloves as she headed back toward the pick up truck walking next to Alex and her hoe in one hand.


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Joanne Sher 03/13/08
Good visuals here. You painted a very clear picture - I could see the scene very well. Keep writing!
Jan Ackerson 03/13/08
Sweet story--I could practicall smell the dirt and see the sunshine.

To be a really compelling short story, it needs a bit of conflict--nothing earth-shattering, but something to draw the reader along.

This fits the topic very well.
Marilyn Schnepp 03/16/08
You did the "Title" proud, and nailed down the "Topic" to a "T" with this one. Could use a little dialogue, humor, or something to bring some "Oomph" to your story...but still, very well done! Keep writing for His Glory.