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Topic: Space (01/23/06)
TITLE: Another Space In Time
By L. Clair
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She was tucked away, in an obscure section, away from the major flow of traffic. Downstairs near the bus stop for all the gamblers and those looking for weekend fun in the mountains. Near the teenagers learning how to drive, the main office and the police station. Now, they are all gone and she, a small local church, is alone. They’ve all become simply a vacancy, a space in that vast expanse of what was once called a mall.
Her situation did not discourage her for without fail twice a week, her music would ring out awakening the silent hallways. While most kept a distance, a few wandered in, curious seekers they were, and occasionally, a few decided to stay. Her regular comers were from all walks of life, mostly from the struggling population of that metro area.
There is nothing very attractive about her space, compared to her other well-to-do sisters, within driving distance. Thin walls, tiny classrooms, leaky ceiling, and a huge parking lot, was all she had to show for, in that dead shopping center. Yet within her are plenty of diamonds in the rough, over-comers and more faithful goers than the Broncos fans.
She held out to the last minute to that space, outlasting all who were her neighbors. Now, she too must give up her spot, surrendering it to the demolition crew, the new builders and progress. Confident that she will reach the world from here, she is not sad, just looking forward to her new space, somewhere else, in the mile high city.
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