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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Blue (10/08/09)

TITLE: Jenny and Her Favorite Color
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10/14/09


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Jenny loved the color blue and had many clothes in various shades of blue. She loved that blue was a cool color and that it seemed to calm her every time she wore something blue. Why, blue had been her favorite color from the very beginning; starting around the age of five.

And, soon she would be marrying Joe Carpenter and she was making plans to wear pale blue for her wedding. It was a bit unusual because everyone in her family, always wore white when getting married but she knew that she couldn’t because blue had always been good to her; always made her feel special and wonderful.

She hadn’t told Joe yet her decision on the color but she felt certain that he would approve, for he told her many times how beautiful she looked in blue.

It was about a week before the wedding when something strange and unusual happened. She was working at Levy’s clothing store as an sales clerk when in walked a woman carrying a baby. Jenny looked at the baby and thought it was the most beautiful baby she had ever seen.

She walked over to the mother and said, “What a beautiful baby! Is it a boy or girl?”

“It’s a boy and his name is Peter. He is beautiful and we are so happy to have him!”

“Yes, I can see that. Well, welcome to Levy’s. How can I help you?”

“Well, I’m looking for a nice outfit for myself; something not too expensive and in the color of yellow.”

“Now, that’s a color most people don’t buy but we have several nice selections in the back. I’ll go check and see. What size do you need?”

“I wear a ten but I’d better try a twelve.”

“Be right back.”

As she walked to the back in search of a size 10 dress in yellow, she knew deep inside that yellow was a color she would never wear. But, she couldn’t explain why. As she perused the clothes, she found a lovely yellow dress with a light green lining at the top. She thought the dress would look good on the woman, so she brought it up to the front, along with another dress in the color of blue.

“Here you are. I brought this dress, too. Thought you might want to try it on.”

“Thank you. Both look lovely but the yellow looks just right for me. Could you watch my baby while I try them on?”

“Sure. It would be my pleasure.”

Minutes later she returned and said, “I’ll take the blue one. I don’t normally buy blue but it fits perfectly and will look great at our baby’s baptism.”

Jenny rang up the sale, gave the purchase to her and continued on with her work. She drove home and after dinner thought about the lady, her baby and blue. She went to bed around ten but around midnight she began to feel ill and when she got up to go to the bathroom she felt dizzy and almost fell down.

The next morning she made an appointment to see Dr. Feldson and after the checkup he made a startling exclamation, “Jenny, you have diabetes and we need to get you going soon on medication, injections and a more nutritious diet. No need to be frightened at this point but you will need to follow strict instructions and come in for regular checkups, to make sure you’re improving.”

“Doctor, I’ll soon be getting married, can I still go through with the marriage?”

He smiled and replied, “Of course, but you will have to be monitored carefully all of your life but Jenny, you’ll be able to lead a rich and fulfilling life.”

Jenny was so happy and relieved about what the doctor said that she got to thinking more about the wedding and wearing the color blue. She found out earlier what the definition of blue stood for. She found in the dictionary that blue is a “natural color, from the blue of the sky. The cool, calming effect of blue makes time pass more quickly and it can help you sleep.”

“How true are those words! Now, I love blue more than ever because it makes me feel calmer and that’s what I need, especially now after finding out about diabetes and being married! Thank you, Lord, for revealing these simple but wonderful truths!”


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Beth LaBuff 10/20/09
I was a little worried for Jenny toward the end. Your story is very heart-warming.