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

TITLE: June 16, 2006
By Allen Clupny


June 16, 2006

Nothing outstanding happened today. Socks is lying next to me stretching, nibbling, and generally being…annoying. At the same time I am grateful for the annoyance. I was terribly allergic to every other cat I had as a kid. He’s a good cat.
He left. I needed my glasses to see well enough to write this entry. I guess he grew impatient with me. Sometimes…I grow impatient with him.
Today was a very unremarkable day, yet here I am trying to mention it as if it carried some weight. But like any other work day and I…hope like tomorrow, I woke to my radio alarm playing early morning praise and was grateful for the unimportant things in life.
Perhaps unimportant isn’t fair. Socks would not be in our house running down the hallway chasing imaginary... somethings. He may not be alive at all. But my wife did a simple thing, she adopted him when he rested in her arms and she felt and heard his purring. He may not have purred for some time that cage. I carried the box he came home in.
My wife and daughter couldn’t be enjoying their “Mother/Daughter” trip if I wasn’t working. I wouldn’t have felt so blessed this afternoon had I not heard our daughter tell me “Thank you for sending me to…” (It doesn’t matter where.)
Without my job our son may not have told me tonight that he was going to a praise and worship service and he needed the truck. Unimportant?
Today, I read a testimony on this very website describing a lady’s struggle with her loss. I rarely ‘critique’ others writing, but her's struck me conspicuously. I hope I wasn’t to harsh. It felt like it. At the same time, I don’t often get reminded of a similar event in my own life and I still haven’t resolved it. More healing needed I imagine.
After work I turned on the movie “Saving Private Ryan.” It’s a remarkable story about how one life affects those surrounding it. It’s far from happy, but maybe deserves some thought.
Well, that’s about it for now. To much deep thinking this late at night may keep me up. I need my sleep for work.
Socks is back. He’s chasing a cricket. I better rescue the bug while he has his legs.

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Marilyn Schnepp 06/22/06
Needs paragraph spacing to make it Reader Friendly; but because it was brief...not too bad. Thanks for sharing.
Shelley Snyder06/22/06
I agree with the paragraph spacing. I also noticed there was a word missing in one of the sentences - nothing that some proofreading wouldn't fix (not that you didn't proofread).

A good entry to show that life isn't always fun and exciting. It's the ordinary things we do day to day that matter. Life is what we make of it. Good job.
Jan Ackerson 06/23/06
I like the irony of "nothing outstanding happened today..." but in reality, every moment was important and precious.

Just let Socks eat the grasshopper, that's one less bug in the world.

An entertaining and sweet journal entry.
Kimberly Mitchell06/26/06
I adore this. I keep a journal,but I never write an entry that is this creative.
Thank you so much.
Rita Garcia06/26/06
Thanks for sharing this peak into an ordinary day! Good message.
dub W06/26/06
Interesting journal. Break up the paragraphs for readability.