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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cousin(s) (05/22/08)

TITLE: Amy and I
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05/26/08


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Amy and I are cousins but we are like night and day—so very different!

Amy loves the early morning while I like the dark of night. Amy enjoys working at a bank and coming home early; while I enjoy working for a downtown attorney and happy with the night life.

In so many ways my cousin and I are different but there is one area where we are just alike—and that is, we want to make a difference in this world while we’re here and be successful at the same time!

All around us we see soaring gas prices, higher costs for food, homes in distress and just about everyone we know, going nuts and asking, “Why me?” or "Why now?"

But, Amy and I don’t complain—well we did at first—and then we thought about it for awhile and decided to do someting about it.

Instead of worrying and wondering about food and not being able to eat out, we’ve decided to make monthly donations to a local food pantry. By giving what we can, we’re finding out that we have more than we originally thought and we’re feeling happy knowing that we're helping others in their time of need.

And, we’re car pooling with our co-workers and finding out that it’s taking away a lot of stress with driving and saving us all a bunch of money. In addition, we’re getting to know our co-workers a lot better and finding out we have more in common with them than the many differences we thought we had before.

Many of our contemporaries think we are “squares” or “goodie-two-shoes” but you know what? We don’t care because we feel we’re doing the right thing and making a difference. And isn’t that what life is all about? Making a difference, doing the right thing and finding happiness?

Moral of this story? If you can, make lemonade out of lemons! Sure turns that sour taste into something much more palatable!


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Ann Marie Lindenmeyer05/29/08
Great what you are doing, giving is a wonderful thing. I like the last line or moral of your story. What I think was missing is a little more description or detail. Keep up the good work.
~Ree~
Beth LaBuff 05/29/08
You and your cousin Amy sound very wise. I had to smile at your "Amy and I don't complain--well we did at first" comment. It's great to read about the food donation part and carpooling. "Making a difference" is what it's all about.
Amy Michelle Wiley 05/31/08
This title caught my eye for obvious reasons. I also would have loved to get shown a little more details rather than just told the facts, but good story with a good point.
c clemons06/01/08
A story that young people could read and maybe benefit from. Keep writing.