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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Spring (the season) (07/23/09)

TITLE: Escaping from Winter
By Alan Zimmerman


ďItís been such a long winter. Worst I can remember. It started with an early fall and not even a touch of Indian summer. Colder and colder. And you know I canít take the cold weather. So here Iíve been, locked inside these many months.

ďFirst the wind blew, the ground froze, and then the snow came. Packed down over the hard earth. Footsteps trampling overtop. It was like an echo with each passing person. But I wasnít even a part of it. Locked away in here. And dark. Thereís been such a darkness this winter. Itís been like a black cloud draped over everything. And Iíll tell you something else. My attitude hasnít been very good either. Itís sad here. I canít remember the last time I smiled, or made someone else smile. Sometimes I wonder if everyone has forgotten about me. How many years have I suffered through this? But each year seems harder than the last. Oh, to be able to see the fresh light of day again.Ē


ďFinally, the snow begins to melt, but still too cold for me to face the clean air. Iím tucked away until the first warm sunshine. The real thaw doesnít happen until we get that early spring shower. The rain, still cold but warmer than the snow, makes the sidewalks a dark grey. Rain slowly seeping into the frozen ground, softening the soil where it was rock hard just days before.

ďPeople are out; I can hear them talking and I can even feel the bustle of life returning. I can almost sense the grass beginning to grow. Iím not stiff like I was before. I can move around a little now. Iím starting to warm up. Bid that winter a not-so-fond goodbye. Soon Iíll be back among the living, so to speak. Iíve been neatly packed away for too long.Ē


ďThis is the day! I peek out and see the sun. I feel its warmth and breathe in the air of a new season. Day by day Iíve felt myself getting stronger. My color is returning. I look around and see the new world that had been closed off; now opened for all to enjoy. I feel beautiful now. The memory of winter is almost gone.Ē

A little girl walks by and then stops. She points at me. ďMommy, look! A yellow flower!Ē

Her mother bends down and says, ďSuch a pretty one, too. The first flower weíve seen this year. Letís look for another one.Ē And they walk away.

ďAm I the first flower of spring? I never expected such an honor, only a chance to be a part of Godís miracle of the seasons. Iíll rejoice in todayís sunshine. Iíll treasure the whispering breeze as I taste the sweet dew of the morning. Iím alive again!Ē

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diana kay07/30/09
lovely words from a flower! Dont the spring flowers bring such joy to us
Marilyn Schnepp 07/31/09
Such a neat way of expressing Spring...and so unique. I knew it was something about to appear - but thought of animals, etc...but then "Suprise", a little yellow flower. Loved the simpleness of the message and the delightful thoughts of Spring....Very nicelly done!
Brenda Welc08/01/09
Nicely writen, for a moment I thought it was a groundhog:) Nice story!