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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Confident (07/05/07)

TITLE: Been there - done...
By Donald Ford


Everyone is always stopping by and asking my opinion and then going on their way.. Yes, Iíve seen a lot in my lifetime and can warn or tell others what it was like back then. The members of my family each had his or her own distinct character and were not afraid to express it. Maybe it was all of the freedom we had as children. (Amazing that we are still alive or that we still have all of our fingers and toes.)
One time we had come across quicksand behind our house. My older brother was the one to notice it first, as he took the plunge and then could not get out. We offered him branches to get out. What crazy things we did as children, but we met each challenge head on and knew who we were.
Once we had lit matches near a friendís barn and the rest is history. Our whole party was responsible (all of us kids and some of the neighbor kids too), but no one said a thing.
One of us boys picked up a small poisonous red snake that was on the railroad tracks and it bit him. There wasnít enough poison in this young snake to pose a threat.
We handled a lot of things in those days and were afraid of very little. Sure of ourselves, was putting it mildly. We had no choice; my parents were both working away from the home. We (the older ones of us) kept a pretty good eye on the littler ones.
When the littlest member of the family first came on the scene, we determined to show her the ropes. Before long she was making as much noise as any of the rest of us. She was a quick study.
My sister and I showed the world that we were not afraid of anything, as we appeared on the curb in front of our house in our birthday suits. Mom was called and told the news and came home promptly and scolded us, and dressed us in human attire once more.
Fearless and sure of ourselves, my sister and I swallowed some poison we found in the garage. It tasted terrible, so did the raw egg we were forced to take after the fact Ė doctorís orders. Oh, and did I mention that we lived.
How we all seemed to make it all the way to man and womanhood is a puzzle to us all, but we knew what we wanted to do and we did it, with certainty.

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Dee Yoder 07/13/07
If your parents had known about your many brave adventures, they'd have been basket cases! Thanks for sharing a different take on the topic.
Joanne Sher 07/15/07
Now there's some confidence I hope my kids do NOT have! Definitely a unique take on the topic.
Beth LaBuff 07/15/07
This took me back a few years...When my husband would tell me stories of his growing up with 5 brothers, I would say, "DON'T tell our kids you did that." I probably have a few of those stories of my own too. This was fun to read! Glad you made it through those years. :)
Kristen Hester07/18/07
I am glad you made it to adulthood. Thanks for sharing these stories of growing up.
Marilyn Schnepp 10/15/07
Confidence? You betcha! Fun read. However, I suggest you use spacing between paragraphs to make it more "Reader-Friendly". Nice job.