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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Actions Speak Louder than Words" (without using the actual phrase). (02/21/08)

TITLE: The Happy Endings
By Sara Harricharan


A pretty little dolly
For pretty little Molly
Makes her face shine
Like the old times

13-year-old Molly limped to the front door. She opened it to see a pink gift bag sitting on the welcome mat. A foil tag hung from one handle, bearing the inscription. “For Molly.”

Molly tore away the tissue paper to reveal a pretty china milkmaid. She gasped. It was one of two dolls she needed to complete her collection. Hot tears brimmed in her eyes.

Summer was depressing enough with a broken ankle, but with no visitors, it was horrible. No one had come to see her. Not after the first week anyway.

But somebody cared.


Poor old Mr. Brady
Lost his dear lady
Give them some candy
They’ll be fine an’ dandy

Mrs. Brady yanked the door open, lugging her suitcase after her. Her scowl deepened when she caught sight of the cheerful, yellow gift bag. She eyed it suspiciously before examining the contents. A chocolate heart and a bottle of red nail polish.

A slip of paper bore the words. “For Mrs. Brady.”

She’d been married for fifty years. After all that time, she’d expect Mr. Brady to remember her birthday. The scowl softened.

The absent-minded darling. She looked at the suitcase. No one listened when she’d complained of her troubles. But maybe, just maybe, she could give it another go. Chocolate and red nail polish could pull a woman through anything.

After all, somebody cared.


A cute new teddy
For cute Miss Sadie
A special little kitty
So fuzzy and silly

Sadie wearily shuffled to the front door. It’d been day several hours too long. She opened the door, a piece of her mind at the ready. Her temporary anger was misplaced at the sight of a blue gift bag.

The tag on the handle read. “To Miss Sadie.” Cautious fingers extracted and adorable whiskered beanie baby. The same calico color as her dear kitty, Tick-Tock.

She’d come home a few weeks ago, barely in time to say goodbye. The vet said there was nothing more she could’ve done. Nothing she could do to fill the nook he’d occupied.

Tick-Tock nearly drowned in the local pond before she’d rescued him. He’d thanked her with loving brown eyes and a raspy purr that made her smile.

Someone had remembered. Someone cared.


I closed the mini-blinds and reached for my journal. They’d all got the gifts. That was good. My fingers traveled over worn leather as I picked up a pen. I was tired of all the talk.

Everyone knew Molly, Sadie and the Bradys. Somebody needed to do something before Molly gave into her depression. Something before Mrs. Brady left her husband, and somebody needed to remind Sadie that she wasn’t alone.

Dear Heavenly father, it’s Marina. I did something about it. Please give them a happy ending.

I scrawled the words across the page and yawned. Happy endings. I could live with that.

Copyright 2008

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LauraLee Shaw02/28/08
Oh, this is darling and cute and creative. Made me feel happy all over at the end. If you wanted a happy ending, you succeeded. Great on topic and well done.
Holly Westefeld02/28/08
This was really sweet. Many times people gloss over the loss of our four-footed friends.
Jan Ackerson 03/02/08
A stealth blesser! I love it!
Patty Wysong03/03/08
How sweet! Sometimes that's all it takes--just something small like chocolate and nail polish. I like this--the story and the thoughts and actions behind it.
Debbie Wistrom03/03/08
This is wonderfule, a movement like this could change the world. Great Job here! Blessings to you.
Lynda Schultz 03/03/08
There have been a few times when I could have used one of these visits and, I am sure, I few times when I could have dropped off some gift bags. Very well done.
Seema Bagai 03/03/08
Cute story. It reminded me of "secret Valentine pals" I used to have at work.
Joanne Sher 03/04/08
Just lovely - talk about being hands and feet. Loved the little poems and the parallels you used in each vignette. Wonderful, Sara!
Beckie Stewart03/05/08
This was cute and oh if more people like this would take notice and do those little acts of kindness, what a happier world it truly would be.
Loren T. Lowery03/05/08
Random? acts of kindness - what a great idea. I must be on the lookout more often to do these kinds of things. Here, at home, every May Day we find a fresh boquet of flowers on our front porch when we get up to get the paper...(random/kind/thoughtful)it does bring joy into our home.
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/05/08
Sara, You did a great job with this. I could just see the joy as each person opened a gift. And the joy of the giver was even greater. I love your story.
Julie Arduini03/05/08
This is one of my favorites of yours. Creative with such heart, I love it, just love it!
Tim Pickl03/05/08
Hopefulness and happiness all tied up in a bow at the end--I love it!
Catrina Bradley 03/05/08
Love the little rhymes introducing each vignette - very creative format. Perfectly on topic, love the title, and it has a happy ending too! :)
Dianne Janak03/06/08
Sara, this is priceless! if only we all could and would be that selfless to think of ways ... little ways are never really little .. ways to reach out... Loved it! You are an amazing writer.. with a sensitive heart...