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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Concentration (07/24/08)

TITLE: Me
By Rachel Stone
07/28/08


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Every thought leads me down a different path. I start at point A and end up somewhere in middle of F with half done letters in between. As a child, my parents thought that it was a discipline problem.

Back in the eighties they didnít diagnose 1 in every 5 children with ADD, not that I would have wanted to be put on a wonder drug and labeled with a disability. But a little compassion might have helped.

Now that Iím mostly a grown woman, I have continued to struggle with that alphabet game. In the domestic department for example: I go into the kitchen to unload the dishwasher and see the milk I left out from the kidís breakfast. As I open the refrigerator to put away the milk I notice we are out of a few things so I sit down to start a grocery list.

The adventure has just begun because the kids have interrupted the grocery list work at least three times and it gets left half done on the couch when I remember the laundry needs to get started so my family has clean clothes the next day. By then I still need a few things for supper so forgetting the list altogether, I head to the grocery store, two toddlers in tow, who knows what Iíll come home with.

Eventually supper gets cooked and on good days the laundry gets caught up and the floor may even get vacuumed. Itís not that I donít try to do well with the blessings Iíve been given, I just seem to have to work harder at it then most.

Lately Iíve stopped struggling so much with this lack of concentration. The part of me that jumps from thought to thought may also be the creative part of me, a gift from the ultimate creator. It is also what makes me able to stop and enjoy the moment with my children or my friends, moments I may have missed.

I am glad I am me. By Godís Grace I am being transformed by the renewing of my mind, day by day. And I will be a better me tomorrow. But for today, I really need to go finish that laundry.


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Mary McLeary07/31/08
I know exactly what you mean because you wrote about it so well!. I loved your ending. Good job.
Marlene Austin07/31/08
Nice touch of humor to this very serious subject. Thanks. :)
Debra Martinez07/31/08
I thought I was the only one who cleaned house this way! In my "old age," I have come to peace with it, too, and enjoy the variety of my tasks as one leads me to the next. I enjoyed your well-written story. Thanks
Patty Wysong08/01/08
I love this! I can so relate to it! It gets better as the kids get older--at least for a little while. LoL. A fun read!
Larie Norvell08/02/08
Great, great, great! This is well written and easy to follow.
Glynis Becker 08/02/08
I think you just wrote about MY life!! :) Very enjoyable. Great job!
Holly Westefeld08/04/08
You have struck a cord that many can relate to, and expressed it clearly and with a nice touch of humor