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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Father (as in paternal parent, not God) (04/10/08)

TITLE: Father's Special Birthday
By Esther Phillips


The young man, Frank, took his wife to the hospital. They were having their first baby. The nurse came out of the delivery room to tell Frank that they had a baby girl, and that Mom and baby were doing fine. Frank was filled with emotion. This was not only his first child, but the little girl was born on his 21st birthday. How special is that?

They took the baby home and Frank began his journey of establishing a father/daughter relationship with his baby girl. He was a farmer so that gave him opportunity to pop into the house many times during the day. When she was just a toddler, he took her with him every chance he got. In fact, when the girl was older, her mother told her that when she was a little girl, she would stand next to the window with her nose pressed into the glass if she didn’t get to go, saying “I want my Daddy.”

Frank taught his daughter all the things he felt were important for a girl to know. Some of the things he taught were how to tie her shoes, ride a bike, and save her allowance.

One of the greatest lessons Frank taught his daughter was about integrity. He would say that one of the most important things in life is “to make your word good.” It was one of those lessons that Frank showed to his daughter through his actions.

For instance, he called a dealership one day to see about ordering a piece of farm equipment. He told the dealer that he wanted to buy that equipment that he had seen when he was in there the day before. He asked the dealer, “Do I need to come in to sign the paperwork or can you just have it delivered, and I will sign the sales agreement when you get here?” He added, “You know my word is good.”

The dealer agreed to deliver the huge piece of equipment ten miles out of town and without a signature on a sales agreement.

Integrity is taught in the Bible in Proverbs 10:9, “The man of integrity walks securely but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.” Another place to find integrity in the Bible is 2 Chronicles 29:17, “I know my God that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity.” (NIV)

The little girl grew up not only sharing her birthday with her father, but also sharing his sense of “making his word good.” You see, I know, because I am that little girl.

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Jan Ackerson 04/17/08
This is sweet--how nice to learn that you were writing about your dad!

This could be expanded by working on "showing, not telling" or by choosing just one incident to highlight your special relationship.
Tim Pickl04/17/08
Ohhh, I bet you were very close to your dad! Daddy's little girl got all the birthday cake and presents, and he didn't mind.
Patty Wysong04/22/08
What a close and special bond you had/have with your father. Show us one of your times together, so wee can see it and experience it too. You are so blesed.
terri tiffany04/22/08
Very good. When you say he was filled with emotion, you might want to show it instead, like saying, "He dropped his head in his hands and wept." You write so nice!!