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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Ow! (01/07/10)

TITLE: Always Take a Second Look
By Marilyn Schnepp


After two back-to-back Holiday weekends it was time to get back to normal, so on Monday I checked the calendar for my weekly "Things To Do" list: ."Pest Control, Tuesday; Aunt Vera's B'Day, Wednesday,' and....Ah, Great!!.... "New Topic for Writing Contest" Thursday" , and so forth and so on the rest of the week. .

Thursday morning rolled around and after watching the Headline News, I decided to check out the new "Topic" for the Writing Contest this week. Still chuckling at a commercial I'd just seen on TV, I sat down at my computer desk. The commercial, by the way, was advertising eyeglasses for an "Eye Clinic", and it featured a lady walking into her house from the garden and saying, "Come on kitty, kitty, it's time for us to go in now"....and what she thought was her cat following her into the house was actually a wild raccoon.... so obviously the lady needed glasses; so of course it was blah, blah, blah.... "Two Pairs for the Price of one" , etc, etc,.....but somehow it struck my funny bone and I was still giggling when I clicked on.

Yep, there it was! New Topic for this Week: "OWL"

"Great!", I thought, I've got a great owl story I can write. About the little baby owl we found fallen out of the tree, and how we fed him and cared for him, and then about his cruel and untimely death at the hands of his own ...oops, at the 'beaks and claws" of his own, because he was not of their kind, color or species. He was an owl and they were blue jays."

For three days and nights I worked on a poetic type entry about my little pet owl....trying to think of words that rhymed with him.....such as ."fowl, howl, (Simon Cowell- grin) , jowl, towel,...etc. And with my right hand partly paralyzed from a recent stroke...it was tough typing with one hand...but I finally got it finished and ready to go.

Clicking onto the site where my masterpiece was to be submitted, I took a second glance at the "Topic" ... and immediately came face to face with the lady who couldn't tell the difference between a kitten and a raccoon. And suddenly it wasn't funny anymore! The Topic was "OW!" - not owl. I immediately wrote down on my "Things To Do" list, ("See eye doctor ASAP - to get glasses!)"

OW! What a laughing stock I would have been - had I not taken that "Second Look" at the Topic. Just think I had laughed at the lady that couldn't tell the difference between a cat and a raccoon; and j now I couldn't even tell the difference between a capital letter "L" and an exclamation mark! The difference between the sound of pain and somebody hurting and a round-eyed, rubber-necking bird. Ow! That hurts!

Do you suppose the Eye Clinic could use my sad, but true story, to sell more of their products? It's for sure I'm not going to win this challenging contest now that I've wasted half the week on an owl instead of an Ow!

Hmmmm? It's food for thought anyway, right?

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Jackie Wilson01/14/10
I read "owl" the first time, too. (And I think I just read someone else's story about an owl, so we're not alone in this!)
Noel Mitaxa 01/15/10
Honest and amusing, though readers may respond more with quiet groans or with nodding agreement than with 'owls' of laughter. Very enjoyable.
Lollie Hofer01/18/10
What a hoot! Good recovery, though, and very wise. Love it. :)
Karlene Jacobsen01/18/10
Humorous and lite. Good job reminding me to lighten up and take myself less seriously.
Edy T Johnson 01/21/10
Hey, Friend! I'm so glad I found you, again (I got worried when I couldn't email you, now I know you've come through some health issues). This account is certainly a creative "take" on the topic. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your very readable writing. You made me chuckle, too. And, I have to tell you: you're mighty good on the rebound, turning a problem into entertainment for us!
Carol Penhorwood 01/21/10
Thoroughly enjoyable! Congratulations on placing in your level! Have you checked out the Writing Challenge forums?
Marilyn Schnepp 01/21/10
Note to Self: Ranked 9th in Advanced and 39th in Top 40...even with my misjdgement of "Topic" word' Amazing! ( Judges were mericiful and kind. (*.*) )