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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bitter and Sweet (05/28/09)

TITLE: The Lemon-Honey Moments
By Jim McWhinnie
05/30/09


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You always said, my dear, that life is filled with lemon-honey moments. And now that you are gone, it seems I linger too long in this lemon-honey time. I try not to, my dear, but I do.

The tears that were once so very bitter, painfully bitter, have gained a trace of sweetness through these slowly passing years. My dear, they still come, especially in the quiet times, in the lonely times, but they are not so painful now. The tears seem to have mellowed in this autumn. I suppose your love has done its work and has finally brought you back to me.

Ah yes, our lemon-honey moments they made us who we are. Like the bees that stung us when we worked among the grandparents of these roses, the bees were but the price for daring to come ever closer to the deepest beauty - a love that is so purely human that it becomes somehow divine. With each sting, we transformed the hurt into tender touch, a kiss upon your finger, a kiss upon my own.

The lemon-honey moments only come to those who dare endure the bitter for sake of the sweet. For those who seek Your glory while never having suffered, the sweetness is for them but the fragrance of the orange blossoms. But for those who have sought Your glory even through the suffering, the sweetness is for them, the taste of meadow honey.

And so, my dear, as I work these roses, I give thanks for all the moments that we shared, even the lemon-honey ones, for they have kept us close in this gloaming of the glory. My dear, could you place one more kiss upon my finger, for the sting has come again. Make it become once more, a lemon-honey moment until those moments for me are no more.


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Helen Murray06/04/09
A sweet story. I especially loved the phrase "this gloaming of the glory." How beautiful is that. That made it for me.
Charla Diehl 06/04/09
I felt as if I was eavesdropping on your MC's tender reflections. Good job.
Nancy Gustafson06/07/09
Your story is touching. I like the images of the "grandparent" roses, and the bee stings.

Nancy Gustafson
Jan Ackerson 06/08/09
Very tender, written with a beautiful soft touch.
Colin Swann06/08/09
A very touching story - enchanting! Thanks!
Carol Slider 06/08/09
A lovely mingling of sweetness and sorrow. Thank you for this beautiful slice of life!
Mona Purvis06/08/09
You gave us a taste of the MC's self. Jim, when you write, you condense the telling into such a rich, dense, packed story where nothing is fluff and everything is special. Such a joy to read.
Mona
Genia Gilbert06/08/09
Life really is filled with these moments, and you have embraced them and passed them on very well. Thanks
Karlene Jacobsen 06/08/09
I loved this. It's so tender.
Sonya Leigh06/09/09
Yet another "lovely moment in life" by you, our favorite wordsmith troubadour. Good job, Jim.
Bryan Ridenour06/09/09
Wonderful and tender hearted entry. Nicely done.
Dee Yoder 06/10/09
Very sweet and tender.
Beth LaBuff 06/10/09
This is beautifully written. Your thoughts and phrases are exquisite.