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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Abundance (06/08/06)

TITLE: Good and Plenty
By Michelle Burkhardt
06/13/06


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Remember those pink and white, licorice candies called, “Good and Plenty?” What about Choo-Choo Charlie, the old engineer that filled his train’s engine with those flavorable candies while singing,

“Love my Good and Plenty,
really rings my bell.
Love my Good and Plenty,
don’t know any other candy that I love so well?”

Thinking about “Good and Plenty” candies, reminds me of this beautiful country, United States of America, where I have plenty of goods at my finger tips. Similar to Choo-choo Charlie, I can sing the same song with a little bit of a change,

“I love my country,
it really rings my bell.
I love my country,
and I don’t know any other country that I love so well!”

A synonym for plenty is abundance and the antonym for abundance is scarcity. Scarcity is definitely a word that is not used to describe this country. Having the privilege of once being a flight attendant, afforded me the means to travel to other parts of this World. I have seen poverty up close and poverty in other countries makes our homeless shelters look like mini-Park Plaza Hotel.

I can recall being a little girl in a house full of women. My mother was twice divorced with two young girls when we moved into my grandmother’s home. There were times when we struggled financially; however, I never feared losing the roof over our heads or food on the table. I may not have had designer clothes and getting a job at the age sixteen was expected of me to help bring in some income; yet I still felt like we had an abundance of stuff.

Now that I am grown with four sons of my own, my husband and I have made sacrifices so that I am able to stay at home with our children. Our home is small, but our lives are full of abundance that comes from the love we have for each other and the love that is given to us from our Father from up above. God’s love, forgiveness, strength, mercy, and peace are all unlimited if we remain in Him.

Just like Choo-choo Charlie fills his train with “Good and Plenty” candies, I will fill my love bucket with an abundance of God’s word. This will help me stay on board the Christian track of life. Therefore, I leave you with the same words that Jude, the half brother of Jesus used in his greeting to Christians in the early church, “Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance!” (Jude v2)


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Debbie Wistrom06/15/06
I felt like you had much more to say about your life. I was wanting to read more on what it was like grwoing up "in a house full of women." Would like to see a different word than "stuff" at the end of the 6th paragraph. Pet peeve I guess.
Marilyn Schnepp 06/17/06
There is a beginning, there is a middle...but No Ending! Readers need an ending, and this Reader was very disappointed not to have one.
We hope, just as the mother hopes, but we need to know. Thanks for sharing.
Marilyn Schnepp 06/17/06
Sorry! Wrong COMMENT! This was meant for another Entry. PLEASE FORGIVE ME!
Marilyn Schnepp 06/17/06
"Good & Plenty's" - I remember them well. I always picked out the licorice ones first. Your entry is right on target and is very well written. Yes, we're truly blessed in this country. An interesting read - job well done.
dub W06/19/06
Good start on this essay, a lot of paragraphs seemed to need more for completion, but this is a pretty good personal statement.