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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Ohhh…. (02/04/10)

TITLE: Callerpitters and Orange Juice
By Janice Samuelson


Callerpitters and Orange Juice

It was spring if 1998 and our yard was filled with caterpillars or as my two year old son would say, “callerpitters. “

When we went outside for him to play I would carefully watch where I stepped in order to avoid these fuzzy little callerpitters. But Isaac loved them, the first thing he would do is grab two or three to put in his hand, then he would take off running up and down the little hill in our yard.

We were renting a duplex and the previous people had dogs that dug a lot of holes in the back yard, then it happened Isaac found one the hard way, he even experienced his first summersault or two. As he hit the bottom of the hill the first thing he did was check on his furry little friends. I figured they had not made it through the tumble, I thought he’d let go of them. No.

As I got closer I saw his eyes were big and he was rather excited as he peered into his hand and with pride and mounting excitement he proclaimed “Ooooooo! I made orange juice!”

There are times in life you just cant hold back a gut rolling laugh, this was one of those. I sat in the grass for ten minutes looking at Isaac and the “orange juice” in his hand, un able to contain myself.

Finally I wiped his hand in the grass and took him inside to wash and his father was wondering why I was still laughing so hard, finding it hard to speak, by force the truth came out, as I explained to him how Isaac made “orange juice.” We laughed until our guts really hurt and tears streamed down my face.

Later that day I had to educate Isaac on how orange juice was really made, we squeezed some oranges for him to see and taste. Thankfully he never questioned me on the future of the callerpitters.


Ohhhh, it hit me! A few days later the Lord gave me some insight through that “orange juice” ordeal. He showed me how we as Christians often times have something God created and gave us as a gift. Something that in His time would grow to be very beautiful, even though it was not very appealing in the beginning. Often we in our naiveté would crush it and, sometimes kill it. By acting in selfishness, sin, or lack of faith. Then we think we made something special; “orange juice,” if only we could have seen the butterfly God planed to create in our life.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/11/10
I love your ohh moment. How true. Well-written and quite insightful.
Mildred Sheldon02/11/10
Thank you for this amazing story about Isaac. I nearly fell off my chair laughing. Now when I see orange juice I will laugh out loud. People will think I have lost my mind, but they will not know the story of a two year old boy who made orange juice from callerpitters. God bless and keep writing.
PS My son put worms in his pocket and I found them after I washed his pants. Kids are a blessing.
Amanda Brogan02/11/10
This is such a cute story! It brought a smile to my face. I just love it when kids say funny things that have you laughing for hours! (And remembering the incident for years to come. :) )

I love how you turned it into a spiritual lesson at the end. Wonderful!

(I hope Isaac never tried to drink his "callerpitter" orange juice! ;) )
Judy Wood02/11/10
What a sweet lesson.Isn't it amazing the lessons we get from nature and from children!!
Virgil Youngblood 02/12/10
A delightful story, for sure, with a great life application. The sentence starting "Finally..." needs reworking, I think. Perhaps restructured it into two sentences would make it read smoother. This was fun to read.
K.D. Manes02/12/10
Humorous! I can picture a little boy doing that! I love your Ohhh lesson at the end. Thankfully, God is a God of second chances when we "crush" the plans and/or dreams He has for us.
Dana McReynolds02/15/10
Great story! I love the Ohhh moment.
Jan Ackerson 02/17/10
This is just the way a devotional should be--a great opening story leading to an apt lesson.

Be careful of comma splices--an easy fix that will really polish this diamond in the rough.