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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)

TITLE: Child of God
By Kathie Thomas


“It's ‘show and tell' this week, mummy, and it's about ‘craft'. What am I going to do? I'm not good at anything! The kids are going to laugh at me”.

I sighed. We'd been down this path before and I needed my daughter to understand that she didn't have to be like everyone else. That she is who she is, a child of God.

I asked her about the collage she had made recently and she screwed up her face. Then I suggested the placemat she had made for her dad and she shrugged her shoulders. “Then, what about that lovely bead necklace you made for me? I really love that!”

“Really?” she asked, her interest mildly peaking. “I don't know mum….” as her voice trailed off.

“You can tell the class that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder' and that your mother really loves that necklace, because it was made with love and has special significance for me.”

I watched my daughter's face as different emotions flickered across it. I didn't like reminding her of a time that was fraught with sadness, but at the same time it was important for her to remember that through God's grace and healing, she still had her mother with her. I felt a lump forming in my throat and was grateful that time was now well past and we had a future to look forward to.

I grabbed her hand and squeezed it, cupped her chin with my other hand and smiled into her eyes. “Darling, don't ever forget that you don't have to be good at everything. But God has given you gifts that will awaken and grow inside as you grow older, and He has special gifts for you. Some children will be good at things like art and craft, but you have a special gift that shows His love to others around you. When others are down you know how to pick them up with the way you do things for them, and show them that you care. That bead necklace you made me has so much love in it, that I feel the warmth whenever I wear it. It is a very special gift you gave to me”.

My daughter smiled up at me, her eyes glistening with tears. “Ok, mummy, I'll take your necklace and use that for ‘show and tell'.

The following day I held my breath as the door opened and I heard my daughter calling out to me. I let my breath back out again as I heard her voice call out in a sing-song fashion, and the sounds of her skipping down the hallway. She'd had a good day and I silently thanked God for His goodness to her.

“Mum, mum, they didn't laugh at me, they didn't laugh! Some of the girls wanted to come and have a close look at the necklace and told me how glad they were that you are well and that I still have you. The teacher said it was really special too. And there were others who didn't have anything they could show so I told them things about them that were special, just like you told me last night. And you know what mummy? I told them that they are a child of God, just like me!”

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Mo 02/16/07
The ending made me teary, but then I smiled -- all in one paragraph!
Marilyn Schnepp 02/17/07
Very sweet piece, and done very well. Thanks for sharing and teaching each of us the good news of having something we can do.
Marilee Alvey02/18/07
Oh, how I wish all of the little girls could hold this concept in their hearts as they age. Females seem to get low self-esteem as they grow up and it creates such a problem in thier lives. This story expresses the need for self-acceptance. God doesn't make junk.....and neither do we. Thanks for the reminder.
Julie Arduini02/18/07
You showed great work and told a story with a needed message. Very nicely done!
Terry R A Eissfeldt 02/20/07
Great storytelling, great story. Well done... and yeah, I misted up too!
Pat Guy 02/21/07
A beautiful message in a beautiful story. A gentle reminder of how our Father feels about us. A real blessing to read first thing in the morning! ;)
Joanne Sher 02/21/07
So sweet! What a realistic, heartwarming portrait of these two!
Donna Powers 02/21/07
This is such a nice story and I absolutely LOVE the ending. I like the way you just hinted at mom's illness and made the child and her bead necklace the focus of this story. Thanks for sharing it
Jacquelyn Horne02/21/07
I always like to read stories about children. God's precious gift. Like the way this little girl got her emotional healing.
Jan Ackerson 02/21/07
How tender and sweet! Having raised two little girls myself, I can say that this little one's voice is authentic--I could just picture her.

I'm not sure why the dialog is in italics--usually italics is reseved for thoughts, or for emphasis. A teesny bit distracting.

I love the mother-daughter relationship portrayed here.
Joanne Malley02/21/07
I always love a "feel good" story! I felt that mother's tension rise for her little darling in ways I can relate. What a wonderful lesson she taught her child. Great job! Jo
Beth Muehlhausen02/21/07
Sweet and tender, full of relational dynamics. I could identify with both the mother and little girl - both of them wanting so much, both needing to be heard and influence others (in their own ways). Nicely done!
Sally Hanan02/21/07
You presented a sweet way to get a truth across to a little girl. This may have worked well in present tense too.
Loren T. Lowery02/21/07
If all parents could be as encouraging to their children as what you've so well-written here, what a different and far better world this would be!
Sara Harricharan 02/21/07
So sweet! I love the mother-daughter interaction, especially the touch of a handmade necklace. Great writing!
william price02/21/07
Great job, you made what could have been a so-so story into one that is soooo special. Excellent. God bless.