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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Measure (01/10/13)

TITLE: A Hug Around the Neck
By Francie Snell
01/16/13


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He sang the ditty to the brisk rhythm of our steps as we walked down the sidewalk. We were in our own little world, beyond the chaos. My dad wasn’t much of a singer. However, on those walks he would dare to stir the still evening air with the sound of his low voice. It was a whimsical love song he would sing, for my ears only.

“I love you a bushel and a peck
A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck”

They were endearing lyrics that would never escape my memory. I would repeat them back to him. Then, lightheartedly, we would sing the melody together as we strolled along under the streetlights.

Being as young as I was I had no idea what a bushel and a peck was or if there really was such a thing. However, I knew what a hug around the neck was and wondered in my little mind, how much love is a hug around the neck? I figured it must be worth a lot considering that my dad used it in his mysterious method of measuring. I took into account its’ huge significance whenever wrapping my arms around his neck. Then I would give him a kiss on the cheek, like icing on a cake, letting him know my love for him was even more than a hug. My father made it no mystery to me that he loved me and demonstrated it in so many ways. It was worth far more than just a hug around the neck….I knew that.

Being a parent now, I realize that mere words could never fully express to my kids how I feel about them. I tell them I love them, and with a hug and a kiss, I know the meaning isn’t fully conveyed. They will never fully comprehend my love for them until they have children of their own. Only then could they possibly understand.

I have grown through seasons of life from a small girl to a woman. Now I hear, in my heart, a love song from my Heavenly Father. I am my Father’s daughter finding myself still asking the same question as I did in my youth. How great is your love for me? I read His love letters in His Word and ponder, how far is the east from the west? How high are the heavens? How much love did it require to sacrifice His precious Son on a cross for me, to die a merciless death? His love overwhelms me, and in my humanity, I cannot fathom the answer to these questions. There is nothing in this world to compare it to. It is an extravagant love beyond human understanding.

As a child I wondered, how much love is a hug around the neck and a kiss on the cheek? Now, although my heart searches much deeper and with broader boundaries, I still cannot grasp the extent of His love …. It is beyond measure.


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Melinda Bozak 01/17/13
This brought me to tears. My dad (who wasn't much of a singer either) :) used to sing this to me when I was little too. He died last November so it is a particular blessing that you brought that memory back.
Dave Walker 01/18/13
Beautifully written, with such a lovely warm treatment of the subject. I loved it.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/20/13
This is an endearing read. I smiled as I pictured the young girl double-stepping to keep up with her daddy as they sang a special song.

I noticed some tiny errors that a challenge buddy or crit group might help you spot. For instance, you had its' instead of its and an ellipsis has only three dots. Check the message board if you're interested in finding a buddy or send me a PM and I'll try to hook you up with someone.

Overall it was a sweet story with a powerful message. You covered the topic and left me with a smile and a warm fuzzy feeling.
CD Swanson 01/22/13
This made me smile. Nice story overall. God bless~
Sandra Wells01/28/13
I now have a cute little ditty in my head. Your piece made me smile and caused me to sit in awe while contemplating God's unconditional, Enormous love. Thank you