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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Adulthood (07/30/09)

TITLE: Time's Too Short To Squander
By Marilyn Schnepp


"Let me fill you in on my crazy, mixed up neighborhood. I guarantee you'll laugh until you fall off your chair; and besides that you won't believe...."

"Pssst, Pssst....hey you!" interrupts a voice out of the blue.

"Yes?", I answer, "And who are you and what do you want?"

"I'm that little wee voice you've been hearing all your life, but keep on ignoring; however, this time I'm here to help you get all your ducks in a row, as your mind is getting older and you definitely need somebody's help, so I'm here to do just that. To help you.."

"Well now, just what do you intend to do for me? For your information, W.L.V. (wee little voice), I'm writing a story on the Topic of 'neighborhood'....and if you'll just leave me be - I'll have it finished in no time flat - And, ON MY OWN, thank you."

"That's the problem, my dear." came the soft whispering voice, " You've forgotten already. The topic is not neighborhood this week, the topic is 'adulthood', and you wouldn't want to look foolish or stupid by barking up the wrong tree.. Right?"

Silence prevailed for a while. WLV backed off and I went out and got myself a cup of coffee to settle my nerves.

Once again I sat down at my computer and began to write:

"Okay, you 'Inquirer lovers', Let me tell you the "secret, behind the scenes" story of that famous young man that became a Hero by robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. Did you know that Robin Hood was really a..."

"Psssst, Psssst..." came the sound of the voice once again, interrupting my thoughts.

"What Now?" I shouted in exasperation. "Can't you just go away and leave me alone so I can do my thing?"

"I'm sorry, Dear, but the Topic isn't Robin Hood, either. Like I told you earlier, the Topic is 'adulthood'. It's obvious you need assistance as you cannot seem to remember anything anymore....so won't you let me help you, please?."

Silence prefailed; so I began once again with a anecdote about L'il Red Riding Hood and her grandmother, when I heard the familiar "Pssst, Pssst!"

This time I broke down sobbing: "I do know the Topic is 'adulthood', Honest!But I've been trying to come up with some other "Hood-winking" story instead. You've been with me throughout my whole life, constantly bugging, nagging, bothering, pestering and annoying me from childhood to teenage to my adult years with all those "Do's and Don't's, etc., so surely you know better than anybody else why I cannot write about my 'adulthood' - as it is degrading, unprintable, embarrassing, and a complete fiasco family-wise, finance-wise and faith-wise; So, what do you suggest, WLV? You know I don't write fiction, so what do I Do? Give up writing?" I asked pleadingly, as I continued to weep, blow my nose and drag myself down further, off the curb and down further into the gutter below.

The room was quiet - and the silence was deafening as I waited for my wee little voice to speak up, to answer, to connct...but there was nothing.

I finally deleted the neighborhood, Robin Hood and Red Riding Hood stories, then turned off the computer and went to bed.

And there, alone in the dark, I knew my wee little voice would return - (God's Promise: "For I will never leave you or forsake you") and this time I wasn't going to shut it out or ignore it; for this was the first time I realized how precious time really is - and since I have already squandered alot of my 'adult life' I'm not about to squander my Golden Years as well.

Just as I was falling to sleep, I heard an old familiar voice: "Psssst, Psssst...not to worry my Child, I'm here." and I slept in perfect peace.

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Seema Bagai 08/06/09
I liked the MC's voice in this piece.
Robyn Burke08/06/09
Oh, I liked this. The MC's struggle with issues of life came thru' loud and clear. Good ending!
Dan Blankenship 08/07/09
Funny and fun. I just saw one Wee Little Error: "Silence prefailed" I believe should be prevailed.

I enjoyed reading this.

May God bless and keep you writing.

Dan Blankenship
Mona Purvis08/11/09
Thinking that I recognize the humorist behind this one, let me say that I expected no less!
Just so much fun. And fresh.
Dolores Stohler08/13/09
Your story speaks to me in a familiar kind of way. Yea, I too write and delete when what I've written sounds kind of dumb or inappropriate. I like this story for its humor and its realism too. Good job!
Marilyn Schnepp 08/13/09
Thanks for stopping by to view my entry; and "yes" I made a couple typo's, embarrassing - and I need to Edit more carefully...but you guys were kind anyway; thanks, your words keep me writing - and I do love eto write! (*.*)
Helen Dowd08/26/09
Well, Marilyn, you are not squandering your adulthood. You listened to WLV and you are writing--your calling...This was funny, informative and "on the topic" at last!!! Just joking. I thought your little side trips were refreshing...Keep writing...God's blessings...(and thanks for your comment on my "Green Pasture" article.)...Helen