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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Game of Life (09/11/08)

TITLE: Green Car, Pink Driver
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09/13/08


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Green Car, Pink Driver

I am so excited! The Game of Life, a different kind, but real life all the same. I am taking my turn, here I go…

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I am at the line marked “Start”. I am the green car with the pink driver.

Yes, that’s right, I am going the college route. I realize it is the expensive route; I think college is the right choice. I understand I’m on my own. I know you are not going to help me. Yes, I know you think I am making a mistake. I know once I leave I cannot come back. The door only swings out. I will be fine, you’ll see.

I will study hard, make new friends and come out way ahead of the curve once I graduate. Gosh, I even have an opportunity to study in Europe for a semester. Who knew?!

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This has been much harder than I thought it would be, but I am going to make this work. I only have a short time to go and this chapter of my life will be complete. I am proud of myself.

I am now fifty-five thousand dollars worth of “on my own” and will be working as a Physician’s Assistant with a starting salary for one year to be more than the total cost of my four years of education. I think I will be fine.

Graduation practice is in an hour, the graduation ceremony is in three. Where has all the time gone? I can hold my head high, I have done well.

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I have met a man who is close enough to perfect for me. He is gentle and kind. He is commited to me. Yes we will be married soon. The wedding will be here. I am sorry you won’t come. We will miss you.

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We would love for you to come for the holidays. Our house is complete and the furniture is in place. I will prepare everything, you only need to come. Yes, I will be on call that day, but it should be slow. Oh, I see. Maybe next year would be better. I understand.

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No, we have not decided to have children yet. We have only begun to settle into who we are as one. Maybe in a year or two.

For now, we would like to take you both on a trip with us to the mountains. We reserved a cabin and have activities planned for ten days. Please say you’ll come.

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Thanks for calling, we are fine. The house is flooded, but no one is hurt. We can replace it all. The insurance claims office has already sent someone to assess the loss. We are in a hotel for now. Things will be fine.

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We have begun attending this little church on the edge of town. We were invited some time ago by a couple from the hospital. It is very friendly and down-to-earth. Yes, I know this “Jesus” stuff is not for you, yet He has made such a difference in our lives.

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I have played by the rules. I have taken my turn in order each time. The wheel was spun and the numbers counted out. Triumph appeared at the end of some turns and disaster at others. Material things passed with time, yet the Strength remained throughout.

I will continue to take my turn in order each time. I will spin the wheel and count out the numbers seaking the outcome. Jesus will be there at the end of each turn, there is nothing to fear.

I am the green car with the pink driver.


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Verna Cole Mitchell 09/18/08
I enjoyed your game-of-life story. It seemed incredibly sad that the parents in your story missed out on so much in sharing your life.
Helen Murray09/18/08
Interesting roller-coaster story with strong emotive component.
Carole Robishaw 09/21/08
I enjoyed this story. It reminded me just a little of the story behind the song "Cat's in the Cradle" where the parent doesn't have time for his child, because of commitments, then realizes it's too late to get to know him.

This was a good example of walking thru life, trying to reach out, but never able to make that connection.