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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Week(s) (02/10/11)

TITLE: Vacation Plan. By: God.
By Allison Egley


Diane plopped down into her seat and breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, her week-long vacation was about to begin. After all the hassles of getting off work, packing, and getting to the airport in time, it was finally time to just relax. This vacation was going to be just what she needed. She smiled, as she stretched out into the two empty seats beside her.

As she was about to close her eyes, a woman walked on to the plane, talking frantically to the flight attendant.

"But, you don't understand. It's just me and my two children, and they gave us separate seats. We need to sit together." The group walked towards Diane, and stopped by her row.

"Ma'am, I'm sorry. We have two seats here, and one up front, be we don't have three together. I realize it's not the best situation, but you got the last three seats on the flight, and it's the best we can do."

"But... I can't.. they need..."

Diane stood up. She didn't really want to move after cramming her luggage into the overhead bin, but what would she want if she were in that woman's situation? "Ma'am? I can move. I'm traveling by myself. Where is the single seat up front?"

"Oh, God bless you," the woman gushed. "It's people like you that make the world a better place."

"It's the least I can do."

As Diane settled into her new seat, she suddenly got an idea. What if instead of making this a vacation just for her, she made it a "God trip" too? What if she tried to bless one person each day on her vacation?

The next day, Sunday, as Diane was walking out of her hotel room, she noticed a child wandering the hall, looking scared. "Where's your mom?" she asked. The child shrugged her shoulders, and looked around. "I can't remember what room I'm in, and all the halls and all the floors look alike."

"Come with me to the front desk. We'll get it figured out."

A few minutes later, Diane smiled, as the parents and child were reunited. The parents thanked her. "It was the least I could do."

On Monday, as she waited in line to pay for a souvenir, she noticed a boy and his mother in line ahead of her. The cashier gave the boy the total, and he counted his money. He looked at his mother.

"I'm sorry, honey. I don't have enough. You'll just have to find something cheaper."

"But it's only a couple of dollars."

"I know, but I just don't have any money left to spend on souvenirs. We need the rest to catch the taxi to the airport, and we need emergency money just in case something happens and we miss our flight."

Diane walked up to the counter and slipped the boy a ten-dollar bill. "Here you go. Buy yourself and your mom some ice cream too."

The boy's eyes grew wide. "Thank you, ma'am!"

"It's the least I can do."

Each day Diane found a new way to bless someone. From helping a group of kids rebuild their sand castles after some bullies knocked it down, to holding a crying infant to give a young mother a few minutes peace.

The last day of her vacation on the flight home, she was seated next to a father and his young daughter. The daughter was getting restless, and the father was getting frustrated. "I'm sorry honey. I don't have any batteries for your video game. You'll just have to make it through the rest of the flight without it."

Diane didn't have any batteries, but she had an idea. She got out some paper, and leaned over next to the girl.

"Did you know you can make a flower out of paper?"

The girl looked up at her quizzically. "You can?""

"Yep." For the rest of the flight, she showed the girl how to make origami flowers.

The girl gave her one of the flowers from her bouquet, and the father thanked her.

"It was the least I could do," she said.

As she walked off the plane, Diane realized this had been the best vacation she'd been on, not because of the time off work or the adventures she had, but because she allowed God to use her to bless others.

"Thanks, God, for this opportunity. I wouldn't have had it, if it weren't for You."

It was the least I could do.

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Anita van der Elst02/17/11
What a neat story! It's the little things we do that can make a difference.
Kimberly Russell02/19/11
Well written with a great message that we would all do well to remember.
Glynis Becker02/20/11
Fantastic take on the topic! I loved reading what the MC was going to do each day and the ending is like a cherry on top. Nicely done!
Catrina Bradley 02/21/11
A sweet, feel-good story. I'm smiling and all warm inside. :)
Rachel Phelps02/21/11
What a great idea. Fun read!