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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Importance of Being Earnest (not about the play) (08/04/11)

TITLE: Ode To The Bubble
By sandra hoolihan


Oh, to be a bubble. A bouncing bubble floating iridescently through the air with such lightness, while capturing the attention of the people set in its path. Almost every person who catches a glimpse of one of the soapy creations can’t help but to smile and point it out to those around them. Are you smiling now? Do you remember being mesmerized as a child or how, as an adult, you were able to bring the buoyant spectacle to a child, knowing that glee and belly laughs were sure to follow?

I want to be a bubble floating through my corner of the world for those who share my orbit and need a bouncy bubble to float by every once in a while. I want to lighten the mood and offer a reason to smile. I want to be the not-so-distant cousin of balloons and dime store candy. A reason for others to take their eyes off of the heavyhearted aspects of life that creep in without invitation.

They are important, bubbles are. They remind us of so much we have forgotten somewhere between infancy and adulthood during the undetected moments that we become responsible, focused and determined. We grow, of course, to learn the importance of being dignified, earnest and sober, but we forget. Oh, we forget so much. We forget that the seriousness of life can be interrupted without risking the loss of everything we have worked toward.

We forget to be the tiny bubbles that float through the air that little children try to catch in their mouths and get up on their tippy-tippy toes to reach. Have you ever succeeded in capturing a perfectly spherical bubble in your hand and watch as it sits there on your palm? It feels as though you are holding the whole world right there. Am I right? And once that bubble pops, and of course it does, you can’t even be sad about it. Instead, you are giddy as your face gets sprinkled with bubble juice and you are pleased that you got to train that marvelous thing to sit still for just one magical moment.

So look up from your screen for just a second and imagine a bubble floating by in the space right between your eyes and this word. Did you do it? Oh, go ahead, no one is watching. Try again.

I’ll wait.

Did you imagine that effervescent bubble floating by while indecisively deciding which way to go? Maybe it was the wind or the air conditioner pushing it around erratically or maybe, just maybe, it was floating around like a child we all once were, overwhelmed with all the choices and directions available, but cheerful and carefree just the same.

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Andrea Willard 08/13/11
Fun. We must have fun. Your smiling bubble captured that. Light but fun.
Janice Fitzpatrick08/15/11
I like this because it was a good message but told lightheartedly like your bubbles floating in the air. Good job! Great message.:)
Linda Goergen08/16/11
Such a “bubbly” read! Loved it! Wonderful images - wonderful outlook – wonderful message!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/20/11
I love how you made a bubble the hero of your story! Congratulations for placing 15th in Masters.