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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Century or Centuries (02/17/11)

TITLE: IT'S NOT OUT OF DATE
By Genstacia Bull
02/24/11


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“It’s out of date and you know it!”

Molly twirled around and gave a sharp glance at her son before turning the oven off.

“Caleb you know better.” She blew a few strand of chestnut curls that has escaped from her ponytail holder. The aroma of almond nut cookies use to bring warm memories but today was an exception. If the truth be said the last six months has been an exception.

“Look mom, I am going on a date whether you like it or not.” He shoved his hands into pockets. “All this talk about purity and compromise is a bit old fashioned.”

Molly leaned against the worktop and gave her son a once over. He had his hair cropped with too much styling gel, a shirt that no one will miss in the dark and two studs in each earlobe. Her fingers trembled as she reached for the chocolate icing.

“Mom! Did you hear anything I just said?”

“Son, we would not be having this conversation if your dad was here.” The cool spring breeze and the faint sound of birds chirping did not ease the tension in the kitchen.

“Well he is not” Caleb could feel the heat creeping up his neck ”BTW you don’t have to bake me cookies anymore. I am almost sixteen.” He took two long strides towards the cookies, and started flinging the warm cookies into the tin.

“Caleb John Wilson! Stop that now and listen to me.” Molly thought for a minute that her once docile boy was going to emerge. Instead she saw a defiant tilt of his chin and knew the battle was on.

Holy Spirit I need you wisdom now! Is it just teenage rebellion or is he still grieving for his father?

“Caleb, you cannot go on a date because ...”

“The bible says this and the bible says that, it is 2011 mom.” He ran his hair through his hair, looked at his hand, grimaced and wiped it on his ripped jeans. “Ma, it is just a movie, popcorn and a drink. It is not really a date. ”

Molly stood straighter into all of her five foot four inches. It was obvious Caleb got his height from his dad. “Caleb, the Truth does not get outdated. The bible may have been around for years but that does not make it less true. Why don’t you invite your friend over for lunch after church on Sunday? But you are not going out on a date by yourself.”

Caleb shifted from one leg to another

“Son, are you missing your dad?”

The unshed tears locked up in a mask of anger had free rein.

Molly closed the gap between them and gave me a tight hug whiled he sobbed away his pain.


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Leola Ogle 02/24/11
Ah...the age-old battle of teenagers pitted against parents. I never got so many apologies in my life as I did when my kids' kids became teenagers. LOL Life is a cycle. This family also had to deal with the loss of a father/husband. Thanks for sharing!
Mildred Sheldon02/25/11
I truly enjoyed reading this. Life is a never ending cycle and the pains of growing up never change. The only thing that changes is the people. God is unchanging and constant. Thank you and God bless.
diana kay02/25/11
great story and so well told around the mums cookies and the teenagers hair gel. i got a real feel for this story and even began to take sides :-) you sure got me drawn in