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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Once in a Blue Moon (01/06/11)

TITLE: It Could Happen!
By Barbara Lynn Culler
01/07/11


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The glint of the sun bounced off the water dazzled like handfuls of rhinestones tossed to into the air. Kenneth Dahl leaned his 6 foot frame into the steering wheel as he maneuvered the sharp turn away from the claws of the jetty. His salt and peppery shoulder length hair danced in the wind as he guided his yacht out of the harbor and sped into the open sea. He usually kept his hair pulled back into a pony tail, but today, she had requested that it be set free. He complied, because he loved her. Besides, he had to admit, he did enjoy the sensation of the misty wind around his head.

He looked good, but he was not vain. Actually, he considered himself average looking and of average intelligence. His tan face made for the perfect frame for his blue eyes that could both pierce the observer as well as moisten with compassion. A silver mustache jutted from his upper lip like a layer of cream from the “Got milk” campaign. A hint of stubble appeared along his jaw line, but it looked more like facial dirt than sexy facial hair attributed to certain celebrities. Kenneth wore a plain blue polo shirt that accentuated the strength of his upper body, yet did not flaunt his muscular build. Khaki trousers were neatly pressed, but the bottoms were still rolled up; exposing his bare feet following their earlier walk on the beach. Large hands, rough from his job as a firefighter, were capable of gentle caresses to her face.

As the sun began its descent into the horizon, she began to sing their favorite hymn “How Great Thou Art” His tenor voice was strong and he has often been referred to as another Andrea Bocelli. Kenneth also enjoyed “oldies “music and would break into a spontaneous dance when he heard one of his favorite tunes from that era. The couple sang their way back into the harbor. The sky was darkening as he anchored the boat onto the deck. They were tired, and ready to return home. Hand in hand, the middle-aged couple exited the marina, stopping only to purchase their favorite chocolate waffle cones.

Kenneth is a good man who loves the Lord. She also loves the Lord and she loves her man.. Her name is Barbara, and Kenneth Dahl is her husband.


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diana kay01/13/11
a perfect day, and you "paint the picture" so well especially of the man.... maybe more description of Barbara would be good too :-)
I would have loved to have been in that sail boat
Nanci Rubin01/13/11
Good description of Kenneth, you made him very 'real' and I enjoyed this story from his POV. More dialogue between he and Barbara would have givem her more definition. She seemed to be a very minor character, but I know she wasn't. I love the water, would like to have been there. Nice job.
Brenda Rice 01/13/11
I like your descriptions. I could almost feel the spray on my face. Thanks for sharing with us.
Mildred Sheldon01/14/11
Thank you for a very tender story. Very well told.
Kellie Henningsen01/15/11
Your descriptions of Kenneth were very thorough and well done! I expected there to be a punch line that had to do with his looks somehow as you dwelt on his appearance so much. Sweet story -- sounds like they have a very happy and loving marriage!
Carol Slider 01/15/11
A lovely portrait of a happy couple!
Mariane Holbrook01/16/11
You romantic, you! What a tender story and well-written, too! I think you have a very soft spot in that big heart of yours! LOL
Shelley Ledfors 01/16/11
I can't believe no one caught (or at least no one commented on) your twist. Kenneth (Ken) and Barbara (Barbie) Dahl...love it! :-) Great job!
Lillian Rhoades 01/16/11
I'm glad I came in on the last comment, since I had no clue. I had a hard time tying to understand the point of the story. It seemed like one long description of two striking people on a boat ride. But then....and now I know. Clever and creative. I suppose it could happen :-)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/17/11
This is the perfect idyllic description. At first glance it doesn't seem to fit the topic, but once one looks deeper. It's clear that this perfect romance takes place more often when littlie girls are playing with their dolls and using their imagination. A more optimistic person than I might think these romances happen in real life more than once in a blue moon! Although romance isn't my favorite genre you painted a lovely picture. Your message was subtle but lovely. Great job!
Kara Dunham 01/17/11
So without Shelley I wouldn't have gotten the Ken and Barbie reference either- but that is so clever!! I guess I was distracted by Andrea Bocelli- cause I love him, and also oddly enough the book I am reading right now- the character's last name is Dahl. Loved this story!
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/19/11
Dull me! Missed the reference, but fell in love with Ken!