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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sad (07/26/07)

TITLE: Blue Spruce and Weeping Willow
By christine newman


Blue Spruce was very blue. She stood alone in her corner of the spacious backyard for what seemed like an eternity. Oh, there were many other varieties of trees scattered here and there; and there were friendly bushes and shrubs, but none that were real near to her. She often felt neglected and unloved. In her alone times, her mind wondered back to her rough beginnings. She had weathered many storms. The fierce winds of life had blown her small, weak branches until they almost stole the life right out of her. The droughts had come and she had fainted for lack of a cool drink. In all those times, she was alone. She longed for someone to just stand beside her and keep her company. She wasn’t sure how to escape this yard. She had been planted in this yard and knew it was where she must stay. Sometimes at night she would look up into the star-lit darkness and wonder if her Heavenly Father could hear her cry.

Weeping Willow did much weeping. She felt trapped in her long line-up of fellow-weeping willows at the downtown greenhouse. They were all just seedlings, waiting to be purchased and replanted on someone’s property. Oh, she longed for that freedom! She loved her friends and neighbors standing side by side, but how she felt captive in her spirit. Her strangled roots longed to embrace the substance of the cool, liberating earth. She wanted to feel alive and grow and discover her Heavenly Father for herself! She was sad and wondered if she’d ever be rescued from her suffocating surroundings.

Then, one day it happened. A gardener came to the greenhouse and picked up Weeping Willow and transplanted her in his yard... right near Blue Spruce... !!! Could it be? A friendship made in Heaven??? Two trees planted side by side... for life. They were both so excited.

It was a slow start, as they were each quite reserved. They came from two completely different backgrounds. Weeping Willow was a bit unsure of such a different location at first, but Blue Spruce went out of her way to make Weeping Willow feel welcome to this new home.

Gradually, they became very good friends. Blue Spruce was able to mentor Weeping Willow in her new environment, while Weeping Willow was able to entertain Blue Spruce on many a long, dull day.

Blue Spruce observed Weeping Willow as she grew into a tall, beautiful tree. Her willowy branches cascaded around her on every side and blew gently with the whispering winds. Children would come out and swing from her friendly vines or lay in her cool shade. She had her freedom and was so thankful for being rescued from her sad, constricting past.

Weeping Willow enjoyed watching Blue Spruce’s flawless stature and elegance. Her thin, beautiful layers of green and blue were a wonder to behold. When the winds blew, she was able to stand tall and sure. Her beauty and disposition remained steadfast with each change of season. All of nature was drawn to Blue Spruce for her love, warmth and nurturing. Birds loved to flutter and nest in her inviting arms.

Blue Spruce and Weeping Willow spent much time visiting about all of their sad days and memories before they became life-long friends in that backyard. They were no longer sad and alone now... through the summers and winters. They spent sunny days together... and stormy days together. They spent their days watching the fluttering birds and playful children. They spent their evenings looking up at the open, star-lit sky, thanking their Heavenly Father for hearing their sad cries long ago. They believed that in finding each other, they found their Heavenly Father in a closer way.

Special Note: This is a true story of a friendship that Jesus ordained. Two kindred hearts from two very different pasts, planted together to serve in the same vineyard.

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Sherrie Jackson08/03/07
What a pretty piece of writing! This wasn't so sad after all. I enjoyed imagining Blue Spruce and Weeping Willow as real people. Very nice job!
Marty Wellington 08/03/07
Well, I'm a sucker for any kind of nature stories, so I enjoyed your piece. The personification of the trees was well done.
Dee Yoder 08/04/07
This is a neat allegory of the way God uses two different people to do His work, in churches, or the mission field.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/06/07
This is excellent descriptive writing. I liked the analogies to lonely people.
Sara Harricharan 08/07/07
What a lovely story. The sweet sadness is wonderfully crafted around this piece. My only note is not to use so many exclamation marks when making your point. ^_^ Good job. I like weeping willows.