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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/10/08)

TITLE: Boring?
By Ann Renae Hair
01/15/08


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Charlene and Trudy followed the hostess outside to their table on the patio.

“Here’s your table, ladies. Your server will be with you soon.”

“Thanks,” the ladies replied in unison as they picked up the menus.

“Trudy, I’m so glad you called this morning. I just had to get out today.”

“As soon as I saw the weather forecast, I thought of a patio lunch. What a beautiful day.”

“Perfect.”

“May I take your order?”

“I’ll have the club sub and a malt.”

Charlene flipped the menu pages back and forth. “I can’t find…wait, I’ll get the zesty salad. It has ‘zip’. That’s exactly what I need today.”

“Your club…and your salad, enjoy.”

Trudy looked over her sandwich and asked Charlene, “Okay, what gives? You had to ‘get out’ today; you want ‘zip’ in your salad. Why are you so restless? This isn’t like you.”

“Don’t look now, Trudy. There are two guys, hunks I might add, looking our way.”

“Charlene! Of course I won’t look. You shouldn’t be, either, unless it’s to show them your wedding ring.”

“Oh, don’t get all in a ruffle. It doesn’t hurt to look. Flirting is just fun, you know, like…oh, never mind.”

Trudy wiped a drop of mayo off her lip and tried not to choke on the last bite that didn’t want to be swallowed. “I will not ‘never mind’. Char, you have a wonderful husband. How can you even think it’s okay to flirt?”

“Yeah, wonderful, dependable, reliable, and boring. I don’t know what happened to the excitement in our marriage. It’s flown out the window. It’s only been a year and a half and we already live the predictable life of a retired couple. It’s getting to me, Trudy.”

“I understand.”

“At first it seemed nice. Comfortable was fun for a while. Then I started to feel disappointed. Every time I suggest we go out, Larry says ‘Why do we have to go out to enjoy each other? Wouldn’t you rather pop some popcorn, snuggle on the couch and watch a movie together?’ It’s so frustrating, and did I mention, boring?”

“Char, I’m sorry I haven’t shared this with you before. But, I can see I need to share it now. This book I’ve been reading, it’s about being your husband’s helper; God’s design for married women. Well, Jake and I haven’t been having trouble, but I figured it can always be better, right?”

“That’s for sure.”

“I felt something was missing in my life. But, everything I looked at seemed so good, I thought I was just not being content. Then I found this book. Well, this teaching from Genesis really opened my eyes. It gave the answer to the void in my life. I was living a good life, but from the wrong angle, if you will.”

“Tell me more.”

“Okay, I know what you mean about Larry. He’s a ‘steady’ guy, but he hasn’t changed; you have. You fell in love with him for the same qualities you now resent. Other guys will look like more fun, but they have down sides, too. We all have faults. So, before you let your eyes wander, you better fix your eyes on Jesus. Look at this study and tell me what you think. I just finished, so I’ll get my copy from the car when we go.”

“Thanks, Trudy. I’m willing to read it. Especially if it’ll help me out of this funk I’ve gotten myself into.”

“Better to get out of your funk than your marriage, girlfriend.”

***

“Hello.”

“Trudy.”

“Char? Are you okay? Char, what’s wrong?”

“Trudy,” Char swallowed to gain composure, “you were right.”

“Okay. Why are you crying so hard you can barely talk?”

“I feel like such a fool. I read the book-“

“You read the whole book in two days?”

“Yes. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. I had no idea, Char, what path I was about to go down. Thank you for being bold enough to help me see what a good man I have.”

“Hey, don’t be so hard on yourself. You were open to what I shared with you. That’s a good thing. I’m glad it helped you.”

“Well, you’re a good friend.”

“Yeah, well, we have a good God.”

“That, too.” Charlene giggled with a flood of relief. “Really, thanks for sharing this study. I was so focused on what I didn’t have, that I almost threw away what was mine to treasure.”


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LauraLee Shaw01/17/08
What a beautiful picture of true, godly friendship! Thanks for sharing this great example for us to follow when we see a friend heading down the wrong path.
Joanne Sher 01/18/08
Powerful - and a very good job with "teaching" us how to tell the truth in love to a wavering sister or brother. Good job.
Sara Harricharan 01/18/08
This gave me goosebumps reading it through. I'm so glad that she was able to see what she really had, a good, sparkling, sturdy treasure. Nice job with this. It's a light, easy read with a message that carries depth. ^_^
Jan Ackerson 01/21/08
Great story, perfectly on topic.

Some of the dialog seemed not quite realistic--more stilted than the way real friends would talk with each other.

I love the transparency between these two close friends.