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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Life (06/15/06)

TITLE: Why hang on? Why hold on?
By Margaret Watson
06/16/06


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Why hold on?

I sit here waiting for the phone to ring. Diagnosis and prognosis. It is already 4 o'clock so it will probably be after the weekend now. I've never minded taking exams and tests and apart from one blip aged 16 I've always passed. But this is different. Not pen and paper, but tubes and probes and mess and blood tests. And I don't think I'm going to pass.

I am no longer young. Even I have to admit to middle age well I made that admission quite a while ago. I've passed on my genes. So why am I so concerned? I have faith to believe in an eternal life with my Lord and I know that my family share that faith so why do I worry? Why is life so precious?

If I'm honest I am stubborn. I don't want something out of my control to decide my future. I'm not really scared of pain and mess I've had that before. But I've got plans and I fully intend to see my grandchildren when they finally arrive. I'm not ready to go. I will have all eternity so what's the rush.

I think of short term goals all the fruit and veg I intend to harvest in the next few months. The tidying up that would be required. I don't want someone, however loved, going through my undies draw or reading old diaries.

Longer term goals my daughter's graduation, perhaps a wedding, another house, travel, having my husband to myself a bit more when he evwentually retires.

I'm not ready Lord. Help!


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Marilyn Schnepp 06/22/06
How true! Truer words were never spoken! We love Life! One suggestion however, on your writing; have someone, a family member or friend edit for "goofs" before posting. Although minor, they distract from your entry. Nice job.
Jan Ackerson 06/23/06
Well, bless your heart, if this is true, I hope you got the diagnosis you were praying for. I like the bit about undies and diaries...shows that you've retained humor and grace despite the anxiety.
dub W06/26/06
Although this is brief it rings with true words. Well done.