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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Spring (as in the season) (11/28/05)

TITLE: A cycle of memories
By Ronald Mosby
11/30/05


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Spring was a time of cotillions, nosegays, and proms, but not anymore. The memories of those ebullient adolescent years have faded to subfusc apparitions. That stage of my life, like the season, has changed. Gone are the days of frolicking with friends without the weightiness of responsibility. The anxious anticipation of summer days without time restrictions has come and gone. Now, each day is laden with burdensome responsibilities. I have become entwined in the social and financial ropes that have slowly tightened around my body, suffocating me as I attempt to take my daily breath. Oh, why can I not return to the former days of my youth? I live in a paradox; my emotions long to enjoy those boyish moments, yet wisdom constrains me from looking back. For I know that I can never more forward while looking back. I awaken from my trance, and looking at my own offspring, realize that my turn is over. It is time for my children to create their own catalog of images. This is their spring season, their time to blossom in the sun. Have your fun now, my sons and daughters. Create the memories that you will be able to pass on to your own children in their due season.


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Brandi Roberts12/07/05
Quite a few big words in there that I had to look up! LOL The title is very befitting. This reminds me very much of Ecclesiastes. Perhaps you could spread it out into a few paragraphs instead of one lump sum.
Jan Ackerson 12/07/05
Break it into 3 or 4 paragraphs, and this will be a nice, nostalgic piece. I was a bit confused, though--you start with nosegays and cotillions, then talk about longing to enjoy boyish moments. The first sentence pegged you as a girl, in my mind.
Marilyn Schnepp 12/09/05
This does indeed sound like Solomon of old; and wise words they are, too. It would be so much better had you spaced it into paragraphs so that each thought would have more impact. Some words over my head...but then that's not YOUR problem...it's MINE. Smile.