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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Twilight Years of Life (07/02/09)

TITLE: Twilight Treasure List
By Mary McLeary


Twilight Treasure List

Splashing around in a glistening pool with kids and grand kids is number four on my list of Twilight Years Treasures. I started this list when I turned sixty and began to feel “twilight-ish”. Thirty, forty and fifty each required a mental adjustment of sorts, but I realized that Farrah Fawcett was hitting each of these milestones a few months ahead of me. If Farrah was paving the way into these decades, how bad could they be? Bless her heart, sixty was the beginning of the fight she was to lose to cancer. I began my list. After sixty each day seems golden.

A late night t. v. host who fancies himself a comedian often features his Top Ten List of various subjects. The occasionally funny list consists mostly of insults to someone. The host follows these insults with his goofy grin and everyone seems to have a good time. I view his as a shady character and I do not trust him. This brings me to another entry on my Twilight Years Treasures.

Trustworthy people are treasures. In a world so devoid of trust, some one who is pure of heart and will always do what they say they will do is a person to be treasured. Believe it or not, most of my family and friends are included here. At this stage, I can’t be bothered with the other sort.

Keeping my treasure list to a minimum of ten is difficult and family could easily fill every spot. Next week I’m going to the beach with my mother, my daughters and granddaughter. We are anticipating a great time. There will be lots of chocolate and laughter (These two are treasures lower on the list). These lovely ladies are also my friends and that’s another entry near the top.

While we are gone, my Knight in Shinning Armor will hold down the fort here at home. I have loved him most of my life. He is handsome and true and he’s number two on the list. We have had many adventures together and because of him I have never been bored. (Never being bored should probably be listed.) He makes me laugh. Some times he means to and some times he doesn’t. We mostly agree but when we don’t the discussions are rousing. He always wants to be “in the game” and hates to be on the sidelines. I am a great encourager, translated cheerleader, so we make a good team. (Keeping up with our college team is on the list, but it’s near the middle.) We enjoy some of the same authors. David Balducci is one of our favorites. His books, along with those of several other writers, come in at number nine.

Good books have interesting chapters and that reminds me that number six of my Twilight Years Treasures is remembering each chapter in my life. When God ended one chapter He always began another that was even more interesting. Like a good plot each new chapter was based on what had happened in the previous ones. The plot has always had interesting twists with enormous problems solved as only God can solve them. The settings have taken us from Tennessee to California with a fantastic mix of characters along the way.

Even as I’ve compiled my list of Twilight Years Treasures I’ve always been sure what number one was. The list is a work in progress and entries may change, but number one will always stay the same. My greatest treasure is salvation through Jesus Christ.

Last Monday my eight year old grandson came over with his mom. She said, “Gordon, tell Mimi what you did last night.” Bashfully he walked over to me and said, “Last night I asked Jesus into my heart.” Instantly I remembered the night, as a child, when I did the same. We went outside to tell his poppa who shouted, “Glory! Now we’ll all be together forever!” Gordon was a little taken aback but knew exactly what Poppa meant. We felt the same joy with our children and now to watch our grand kids come into the kingdom is a treasure beyond compare.

In Hebrews we are told to hold on to our confidence for it has great reward, but we have need of endurance . . Hold that thought. Confidence and endurance are treasures. I’ll need to extend my list.

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Nice story. Good illustration
Mildred Sheldon07/10/09
I loved the idea of a treasure list. This was very enjoyable.
Allen Stark07/11/09
Encouraging to read how grandchildren accept Jesus. I hope to some day see my grandchildren do the same.
Norma-Anne Hough07/12/09
Great entry. Really enjoyed this and easily identified with all your emotions. Being in that age category:)
Laura Manley07/15/09
What a wonderful story! I like the idea of keeping a Treasure List in your twilight years. My most favorite part of your story was when your grandson told you that he had taken Jesus into his heart the night before. You are so right to think that first, we see our children accept Jesus and then our precious grandchildren. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. By the way, second quotation marks are always after the punctuation. I find this in practically every entry I read.
Charla Diehl 07/15/09
Loved the idea of your treasure list--your story moved along at a nice pace and held my interest all the way through. Good job.