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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Space (01/23/06)

TITLE: The Misfit
By Patricia Charlton
01/24/06


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The Misfit


“Mommy, read me a story before bed,”

“Which story, honey”

“You know, my favorite.”

“You want me to read “The Misfit”

“Ya….”

Turning the pages of the book, I begin to read.

In the back corner of the closet resting on the shelf sat a rectangular box - forgotten, abandoned and covered in dust. Within the box are many little pieces – each a different size, shape and color. No two pieces are the same. However, there was a little piece very different from the rest. This piece had only a name written on its face. All the other pieces have smooth curves and colorful pictures printed on their face. This piece was known as “The Misfit”.

“Mommy, why was that piece called a misfit?”

“Honey, let me finish the story.”

Now a tiny pair of hands lifted the box from the shelf. Off came the lid and all the little pieces tumbled out on the table. Each piece was sorted according to size and shape. Curve upon curve, color to color a picture began to develop. Each empty space was filled with a tiny little piece. Now one empty space remains.

What was missing from this picture? Each little piece fitted together to form a picture of a pair of hands. In the middle of hands was a special space - a space for a name.

“Mommy, is that space for “Misfit”?

“What do you think?”

Yes, this was a special space. Only one piece has a name written on its face. Tapping this final piece in place, the puzzle was complete. Now misfit has found its place in the picture.

“Honey, God has “written your name on the palms of His hands.” (Isaiah 49: 16) Everyone has a special space made just for them.”

“Mommy, I think my special space is in God’s hands. Good night, Mommy.”


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Marilyn Schnepp 01/30/06
Sweet story! But it would sound better if the name was "Special" instead of "misfit"...just a thought. Thanks for sharing and God Bless.
Alexandra Wilkin02/06/06
Lovely story, and nicely told too. I agree that a different word to misfit might have been better, but I think I see where you were coming from. Perhaps the child felt a little 'out of place' themselves? Maybe a little emotional background would flesh this out a little. Nice gentle pace to this. God bless.