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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Question (05/24/12)

TITLE: A FATHER IN CHARGE
By Millicent Njue
05/25/12


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It was the set way of life. An unspoken rule of the house. Things just happened the way they always did. No one had ever thought of changing anything. It seemed no one had a choice. Even when there was a better way of doing things. It was easier for all of them to flow with it.
It did not even occur to them that things could be different. From the way the family income was spent to the schools that the children attended. Little choice was given to where the holidays were spent or where they could go to visit. The children had their friends picked for them too. It had to be people who could fit into the familyís way of doing things.
The children soon grew up and had to go away to college. Dad made the choice for that too. He knew what was best for everyone in the family. They did not have much of a hand in it. Soon the eldest girl was all set to start a family of her own. And told dad about it. He took it upon himself to find her a suitor. One he thought was good enough for her. Never mind that she knew little of him. Or that she had met him only once.
With the wedding coming up dad was involved with much of the preparations. From the choice of the venue to the menu. He just had to have a hand in it all. He knew what was best for his girl. No one could do better. Not even his wife. The wedding went just as he had planned. It was more like his wedding. And soon his girl settled in to married life.
It didnít occur to him that his family had choices of their own. Or that they might have wanted things to go different from the way he liked. It would have been disrespectful of them to ask for anything different. After all, he worked so hard to keep them all happy. His measure of happiness was providing them with their physical needs. They should all be grateful that he did a good job at that. And not even think of making any changes.


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CD Swanson 05/31/12
This was a touching story...I enjoyed it and thought it was a clever take on the topic. Nicely done. God Bless~
Sharon Laughter 06/01/12
Wow. Its shocking that in this day of modern marvels there are still those held hostage to archaic beliefs and devilish pride. Thank you for speaking on behalf of the victims. May those sweet souls be set free in the name of Jesus, who showed us what a real man is like.
Norma-Anne Hough06/03/12
Well told story. rather sad that people lived like that and many still do. I am thankful for the freedom that we have in Jesus.
Catherine Craig 06/05/12
It sounds like lots of regrets. How could one heal from those kinds of memories I wonder?
Mildred Sheldon06/06/12
A well written article. Living under those conditions would be very difficult. Thank you for a very touching story and God bless.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/06/12
Wow this is stunning. You really choked me up with this one.

I have just a couple of suggestions. Double space between each paragraph to give the reader more white space. When using Dad as a name make sure you capitalize it.

This really touched me. I like how you portrayed your message loud and clear without saying it. That shows some true talent.