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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)

TITLE: My Knight
By Brandi Roberts


My son is my knight in shining armor. Well, not entirely. Actually, heís just under the impression that his entire purpose in life revolves around one thing: saving his mother from the dreaded monster that comes out on a regular basis.

This monster is quite stout, but very loud, and items seem to disappear when itís making whatever noise it is that it makes. Yes, itís the vacuum cleaner.

Ever since my little guy was born, heís had an awful fear of this big beast that I call a vacuum - that is if one can call a Shop-Vac a vacuum. So, whenever I take it out to vacuum the two rooms I canít sweep clean (his bedroom and the entry room), he takes it upon himself to try to scare away the vacuum, and pull me away from it at the same time.

This doesnít happen with anyone else. My husband can vacuum to his heartís content and my son will just go about playing, a good distance away from the noise, but he has no fear about what that machine will do to his daddy. Maybe itís because his daddy stands six and a half feet tall and weighs over three hundred pounds, or maybe he honestly thinks that it is his job - his purpose in life - to protect me from vacuuming.

Whatever the case, Iím proud to have a son that takes such good care of me, even at a year and a half. Hopefully, when heís old enough to do chores, heíll still think that itís his purpose in life to save me from the vacuum.

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Amy Michelle Wiley 06/01/06
Hehehehe, cute story! The last line was a classic.
Rita Garcia06/02/06
Precious! A delightful read!
Gregory Kane06/03/06
Agree, punch line is excellent. My own boys always hated the vacuum cleaner and would run from the room. These days (in Mozambique) we have cement floors so only a brush is needed!
Lauren Bombardier06/03/06
Hehe...very cute!
Shari Armstrong 06/03/06
Cute! Our son (almost 18 months) just screams when I get out the shop vac to clean. He hasn't started protecting me from it yet. I've been told "show don't tell", it would have been really cute to show us one of his battles against the beast :).jj
dub W06/03/06
Wonderful article in every respect. Thanks for sharing this delightful story.
Marilyn Schnepp 06/04/06
Loved it! Such a delightful way to show and tell about the purpose of life - and bring a chuckle and a smile at the same time. Great title to boot! Well done.
Jan Ackerson 06/04/06
Oh, this is utterly charming! I can just see your brave little guy...so precious. Every sentence brought a smile to my face.
George Parler 06/04/06
Apart from God, there is no love as pure as the love of a child toward his or her mother. And it is obvious that you know this truth first hand. Very touching story. I can't help but smile inside and out when I read it. It reminds me of how my grandson has saved me from the sharks that lurk under my bed many times. Nice writing!
Ann Grover06/05/06
Delightful and 'real' writing. Your love for your little one and your obvious enjoyment of him is apparent in your writing.
Alfreda Byars06/05/06
This is a darling story, I enjoyed reading it, it put a smile on my face.
Jessica Schmit06/05/06
This is so wonderful! So cute, well written and I could see everything you described. I really enjoyed this one. Great work Jez.
Edy T Johnson 06/05/06
Bless his bumpity little heart! This is a delightful illustration of the topic, and a precious character study of one little boy!
Dr. Sharon Schuetz06/06/06
This was great. I loved the last line. It added a twist of humor to a good read.
Crista Darr06/08/06
What a little hero! This is a great, heart-warming piece. I enjoyed it! :-)
B Brenton06/19/06
Aw, what a sweet thought. Cute and brave, huh?!
Love your new website by the way!
Beautiful pics.