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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Lifeguard (11/09/06)

TITLE: For Jonathon Allen Wesley
By Mary Smith
11/15/06


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Hello there. You donít know me yet, except perhaps for the muted sound of my voice, and maybe the assorted gurgles and groans of my inner body, the rhythm of the way I walk as you hang suspended in warm darkness dependent on me for sustenance and oxygenÖ

But you will know me soon enough. Iíll be one of the two anxious attendants jumping to your side at every murmur and cry while doing my very best to pay assiduous attention to your bowel movements and digestive processes. Iíll be one of a pair working to keep you clean and warm and comfortable, especially during the times you have no control over these things yourself. Iíll be half of your first line of defence, standing more firmly than ever I did for myself, against a world that does not always serve its rightful Master. Iíll be eating properly, and eventually cooking properly (I hope), to ensure that you get the best nutrition I can provide. Iíll be praying every day for you for the rest of my time on earth.

I am your mother, by grace. I will be your lifeguard by choice.


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Monique Fox11/16/06
Nice and creative
Stephen Paynter11/20/06
I really really like this one. It gets under the skin of the hopes and dreams of a new soon-to-be parent. I wonder whether you needed to develop the theme of mother as lifeguard more, to score well according to the competition rules. However, even knowing (as we do now) that the next theme would be parent, I think you were right to tackle this subject here, as even undeveloped, the idea of mother as lifeguard is very suggestive. It is fertile soil for lots more thoughts! Well done.
julie wood11/20/06
I was delighted by this story--very creative and original! It reminded me of when I was pregnant with my first daughter, and we'd read a book on how the newborn can hear everything the parents are saying, etc. I talked to her inside the womb, too--though not so eloquently!