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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: PICNIC - deadline 7-12-12 @ 9:59 AM NY Time (07/05/12)

TITLE: That's My Ethel
By darlene thompson
07/09/12


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My friends and I had completed a

two-hour hike and wound our way back

to the trailhead where we found a

sprawling picnic area. We opted for a

table in the shade and opened our

backpacks for sandwiches and drinks.

Two tables down, we watched an

elderly lady unpack her picnic

basket with a smorgasbord of cold

chicken, potato salad, baked beans,

fruit, rolls and brownies. Our mouths

watered. At a nearby stream, her

husband practiced casting his rod.

A clump of bushes began to shake.

Out stepped a black bear. We yelled,

"Lady, bear!" She turned toward us

just as the bear swiped her container

of chicken. She ran toward the bear

and grabbed the container. Back and

forth, back and forth, they fought for

the container. As the tug of war

moved them closer to the table, the

lady used one hand to snag a thermos

bottle. She bopped the bear on the

nose. With a yelp, the bear let go

and fled into the bushes. Her husband

dashed to her side. He screamed,

"Ethel, what were you thinking?"

"Bill, I've told you no one messes

with my food!"

Shaking with amazement, we

stammered in union, "We can't believe

what you did!" Ethel exclaimed, "I

worked long and hard to make this food

and no bear was going to ruin my

picnic!"

Bill replied, "That's my Ethel--

no one and I mean no one--not even a

bear messes with Ethel's food!"

Somewhere, there a bear reinterating,

"Don't mess with Ethel's food! Don't

mess with Ethel's food!"


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CD Swanson 07/13/12
Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha! That must be mighty tasty food! I loved this humorous and spot on topic entry. Good job. Thanks for the smiles.

God Bless~
Mildred Sheldon07/14/12
Oh what an enjoyable read. I laughed at how you wove your poem into such a delightful tale.
Patsy Hallum07/14/12
I love Ethel! Thanks for a great funny story!
James G. Davis07/15/12
HAHAHAHA!! I Loved This!! You show 'em, Ethel! HAHA!!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/15/12
This is a cute story. I found myself giggling more than once. I liked your twist on the quintessential picnic. This is the first bear story I've rad this week. Nice job.
CD Swanson 07/19/12
Congratulations! God bless~