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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Beginning and End (04/16/09)

TITLE: The Beginning and The End...
By Karen Bankhead
04/22/09


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In the beginning there is conception. It is a happy process. It is beautiful and exciting and emotional and sometimes sweaty and funny. The real beginning is actually a quiet, unassuming yet profound event. The actual beginning. A conception. And then you have growth. The growth is a slow, even process. Nothing is really evident. A little nausea, a little twinge, nothing really. Then you get a bump. A beautiful bump. Finally, some concrete proof of what has begun. There is some stretching, some more aches and pains. A bigger bump. Then a much bigger bump. Some hiccups and some kicks. Oh. And then the real action begins. Contractions, labor pains, labor, manual labor. Labor and delivery. The package is delivered. The baby arrives. It cries, it breathes, it brings instant joy, immediate unconditional love.

Then it becomes a little person, it grows some more, it has character, it lives, it laughs uncontrollably, it has moods, good and bad. It is impossibly adorable. It is a little boy or a little girl, carefree, care-less, cared for.

Then a pre-teenager, teenager, then, young adult. Not usually so adorable. It is so alive. Living so hard. Hard to live with. It learns, it lives, it hurts, it grows. It maybe produces another life, it has a life. It learns how to live better. It learns who, what, when, where and why. Hopefully, it grows a lot. It searches, it finds.

It approaches the middle. It looks ahead, it looks behind, hopefully not too much. It learns how to live well, it learns to forgive, forget, make do, get by, give thanks, let go. It takes pause, regroups, goes on.

Then there is the beginning of the end. It fades, it slows, it aches, it waits. It knows there is an end. It prepares, it weakens, it falters, it reflects, it resigns, it surrenders, it dies. It is the end. But not really. It is the new beginning. The beginning of an eternity. Alleluia.


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Mildred Sheldon04/24/09
I loved this so much. It is short, sweet and direct. This is well written. Thanks for sharing.
Beckie Stewart04/25/09
Ahh, the cycle of life to eternity.
Mary McLeary04/27/09
I really like this, and wonder if you ever thought of putting in poetry form? Nice message.