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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Billboard/Poster/Sign (any or all) (12/02/10)

TITLE: Veering Left
By Lisa Keck


It had been a couple of years since Iíd been to the valley. This was only the third time Iíd ever been there. The first time was for an adoption seminar with my housemate. I went for moral support. My husband and I had our own children and were not interested in adopting. The last time Iíd been to the valley was for a wedding reception at the home of an old school friend. Weíd reconnected on Facebook. She lived in Virginia and her mother hosted a celebration out here. Iíd gone alone to that but on this most recent trip my husband drove. We found out the last time that itís too long a drive for my easily tired eyes. I had to close one eye so I wouldnít see double as I drove. While we are both very thankful for Godís protection Dave decided not to chance something happening.

The trip wasnít full of anticipation for the future as the adoption seminar had been. Nor was it filled with the joy of new love. No recently I went to the funeral of my friendís mother. I didnít know her well but I went to support Kjersti. She arranged a lovely service despite the sudden loss. I felt bad for her when an elderly couple could be heard to say, ďIíve never been to something like this. It isnít normal.Ē My friendís aunt got up and spoke about the fear of being in a car with Deb, because she veered to the left. I racked my brain and couldnít find a time Iíd ever been in her car. I hadnít but I think I know why she veered, the same reason my mom veered to one side when she swam: scoliosis. Deb, like my mother had lived many years with this debilitating painful back condition.

We released balloons after and then went back inside for refreshments. I talked to Kjersti briefly as a friend and as someone whoís been there. I lost my mother in 2008. Then we got on our way. Getting on the freeway I noticed the sign: ďThru traffic merge left.Ē It wasnít the symbolic merging arrows. It was words. To me they had a deeper meaning. As soon as I got home I sent Kjersti a Facebook message. I told her that her mother wasnít veering left when she drove. She just knew she was thru traffic. She was going to stay on this freeway of life even with its pains and sorrows for as long as possible. I saw that same determination in my own mother. I too hope to be viewed as someone who veers left when it comes to staying the course.

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Mildred Sheldon12/09/10
Thank you for a very interesting story. I enjoyed this very much. Good job and keep writing.
Anita van der Elst12/10/10
Nice devotional piece. I like how you tied the freeway sign to the comments made at the service. For having tired eyes, you notice a lot!
Fern Brown12/11/10
It's amazing how 3 trips to the same beautiful place can evoke excitement, happiness and tears - and yet God is in it all!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/12/10
This is a nice message and a sweet way to offer comfort to a grieving friend. I wasn't sure who Deb was at first then I realized she was your friend's mother who had died. I like how God gave you a message that would allow you to pass it on. God is amazing and gracious inthat respect. We just have to be aware and be looking for his answer like you did. Nice job.
diana kay12/14/10
an interesting read and i liked the description and the contrast of the three trips each for different reasons and evoking different emotions.
I got slightly confused in the first paragraph when you used "last trip" for the second one, probably just me being fussy but it straghtened out and became clear later.
What an interesting story of the veering left and how the sign somehow gave you clarity...... we can sometimes feel that we have taken a left turn of Gods highway when in fact it IS all part of Gods bigger journey for us. this certainly gave me the oportunity to reflect on my own life and I thank you for that!