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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Anniversary (04/11/05)

TITLE: Falling Down, While Setting Up
By Annette Agnello


My parents had been married fifty years. They had eloped those many years ago and been wed in the pastor’s living room. Mother was sharing an apartment with her sister and dad spirited her away. It was very romantic.

The years passed and they raised three children, two sons and one daughter. Together the three of us decided to give them a fiftieth anniversary party. They had the better jobs and provided the funding. I lived near my parents and made the arrangements. Arranging the hall, the invitations, photographer, flowers, food. Mother wouldn’t hear of getting a caterer, though my brothers would have gladly paid for it. As someone who grew up in the depression she was into self reliance, so we ended up doing all the food ourselves.

I did a family tree with pictures of all the family members from the oldest of both mother and dad. A shot from their honeymoon for the trunk, and three branches for the three of us. Wedding pictures at the top of each of my brother’s branches before they ended in their various children.

With everything in order, when the day finally arrived we started setting up in the morning. We were to hold it a day early because the church we were using preferred our celebration be on Saturday. Of course we needed to move in all the decorations, and food. We had three cars full of everything needed for the party.

We started with the decorations and table cloths we prepared the room for a party to celebrate a half a century. We moved in the cake and dishes filled with all kinds of cookies, pastries, and other finger foods. We brought in a punch bowl and 50 cups the church had another 50 they would lend us for the day.

I was bringing in a case of six bottles of ginger ale to mix into the punch. I could barely lift the case and had to wrap my arms around the box to carry it in. There were three steps from the outer door down to the hall and there was a kind of a drainage hole about 5 inches wide and very deep. With the box in my arms I had no way of seeing the hole. I stepped in it and went down hard landing on the box and all its contents. A man I didn’t know helped me up and you could see a look of terror in his eyes. Those eyes were saying we’re going to be sued, they’ll break the church. Actually a law suit was the last thing on my mind, I had so very much to do and I wasn’t sure I could even stand up, let alone do the things still left to be done.

I got to my feet in a great deal of pain and pleaded with God to let me do what I had to do so the party could go on. Somehow I was walking and before long finishing the work for the celebration. As the party progressed I was able to function with God’s help. The next day I had the beginnings of purples like a severe strain, but there was no pain. From all appearances it should have been almost impossible to walk, but nothing was left of the injury except for the appearance.

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Dixie Phillips04/19/05
What a story! Loved how you kept the attitude that THE SHOW MUST GO ON! Your parents must be so proud of you!
Maxx .04/23/05
I like the contrast between: "Those eyes were saying we’re going to be sued, they’ll break the church." (the earthly reaction) with the attitude that God is in charge and He comes first.