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This almost reads as an excerpt from a diary. The theme of before and after is well captured; and the line about unexpected responsibilities caught me off guard and I found myself nodding how true. Nicely done.
Your introductory paragraphs show what a true sacrifice the young mother is making to give up her child. Your title fits just right.
05/23/09
Perfect title for an all too familiar story. I ached for the young mother--the emotional pain of her past and the loss she will feel in the future once her son is adopted.
Very sad and, unfortunately, real story for many. Thank you for a well-written message.
05/25/09
A compelling story told with infinite care and compassion. You brought out both angles of the bitter-sweetness of teenage motherhood. The believer's duty to care and not to condemn shone throughout this tale.
05/25/09
I liked that the MC is named, Joy. Forthright, factual and yet, haunting.
Mona