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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: "Splash" 4-11-13 Deadline (04/04/13)

TITLE: "An Extra Splash Please"
By Rita Minner
04/11/13


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“An Extra Splash Please”


Two years! That’s what the memo said. The president of the company is withholding merit pay raises for two years…not even cost of living. It’s a black-coffee day and I need a boost so I navigate to Starbucks. The practiced and perfect voice scalloped with just a hint of optimism filters out of the intercom,

“What can I get started for you today?”

“Give me a vente of your bold roast please… with an extra splash of cream.”

In college I downed countless cups of rather odoriferous, thick, black coffee just to stay awake. Working full time while carrying 16 semester hours. THOSE were black-coffee requiring serious coffee consumption for those late night study sessions, so now it’s always, “…an extra splash of cream.”

“A vente of bold with extra cream” he affirmed. I steer around to the window and placed the obligatory tip in the container.

I work 14 grueling hours a day! I am entirely conscientious…so utterly faithful…never even taking sick days. Well, I’ll show them…I’ll quit! That’s what I’ll do. No, I can’t do that…I sipped the coffee and drove. What good would it do me to quit? The grass is not always greener on the other side but why do I put in all this effort for nothing. I sipped while my thoughts meandered. ‘That extra splash of cream makes all the difference.’
Then the pail of cream splashed over me!

God’s been giving me extra splashes every day and I failed to recognize them.
I have no idea how He could have blessed me with such a great husband…SPLASH!
My son just received a full scholarship to the University…SPLASH!
Our home will be paid off in three months…SPLASH!
My daughter is engaged to a young man who loves the Lord and loves her…SPLASH!
A biopsy thought to be malignant was benign…SPLASH! I have the health to get out of bed and go to my grueling job. “SPLASH”
What an epiphany! I’m swimming in splashes and never knew it.


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Judith Gayle Smith04/11/13
Swimming in splashes - what joy amidst rough waters. I love this.
Dana Anders04/12/13
You have reminded me of all the "extra splashes" I have too. God even provides the extra cream some days too, heh. I really enjoyed reading your writing :)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/12/13
I really like your story. You do a nice job of relating to the reader. The transition to the epiphany could have been a tad smoother as it seemed to come out of the blue. I do like the way God splashes us with blessings. That's a great way to describe it. His timing is always perfect too.
CD Swanson 04/13/13
Nicely done and told! I liked this very much.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/18/13
Congratulations on ranking 31 overall! (The highest rankings can be found in the message boards)
Judith Gayle Smith04/20/13
Congratulations!