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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Spam (not the meat) (11/03/11)

TITLE: In Loving Memory of Those Swept Away with Folly
By Theresa Santy


At the edge of an obscure town on a dark fall night, two sisters were born. Folly, the larger by more than a pound and a half, pushed and tugged at her sister, but it was Wisdom who emerged first. Folly believed the rank of firstborn had belonged to her. She was the largest, after all. Folly was jealous of her sister for stealing the glory, and would spend the rest of her days trying to appear better, faster, and smarter than Wisdom.

As a young girl, Wisdom developed an ear for listening and a heart for giving. She often prayed to the Lord that there would be more of Him and less of her. But Folly was simple; her young eyes were undisciplined and without knowledge. She often complained there were not enough treasures in the world for her to consume.

Both girls grew into beautiful, gorgeous, womanly figures, but in spite of Wisdom’s natural graces, it was Folly who became the most alluring.

Each sister developed an unquenchable drive for gaining the attention of the masses. Wisdom for what she had to offer and Folly for what she had to gain. Wisdom called out from the highest places in the city, inviting guests to leave their simple ways and enter her home. Appealing to the heart, she spoke thoughtfully and in the language of the fear of the Lord, so that her messages were only received by those who were searching. Folly was too impatient to wait for others to search for her, so she rejected the highest places in favor of electronic messaging, where she could slip into the minds of others uninvited. She lured guests into her home with messages that were loud and heartless and designed to invade the senses.

The guests who found Wisdom and accepted her invitation were few in number, but great in fortune. Wisdom had taken special care to prepare her home for her guests. Her foundation was sturdy, and her offerings sweet incense to the Lord. When guests tasted from her glorious banquet, Wisdom immediately entered their hearts and the guests realized that nothing they desired could compare. Their days became many in number and years were added to their lives.

Folly had no patience for preparations. All that she had to offer was either stolen or false. Still, thousands flocked to the home of Folly. She had so easily lured them with her haughty laughter and mocking eyes, but once inside all they found was dust and bones. The guests scurried from room to room in search of promised treasures: schemes of GETTING RICH QUICK, pills for LOSING WEIGHT WITHOUT EXERCISE, and the secret to FORGETTING ABOUT AGING FOREVER. Folly’s guests found none of these treasures. Their hopes had come to nothing and their intentions crashed to the floor.

At the edge of the obscure town on another dark fall night, a storm came. Fierce rain and strong winds ravaged the town, sweeping away cars, homes, and the Internet.

The home of Folly which was built on sand dissolved in the storm. Folly and her guests were swept away. The home of Wisdom which was built on rock resisted the storm. The skies cleared and Wisdom and her guests stood firm, forever.

*Inspired by the Book of Proverbs, especially Chapter 9.

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C D Swanson 11/17/11
Very intriquing story and filled with great messages throughout. I liked this. Thank you! God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/17/11
I really enjoyed this. We are studying Proverbs in Bible study right now andyou did a good job representing Solomon's wisdom. I enjoyed the subtle take on the topic.
Helen Curtis11/17/11
This is very well written and flows nicely.

There was just one small sentence that kind of jarred when I read it, "sweeping away cars, homes, and the Internet" - the inclusion of the Internet seems a little forced, as if it was put in there just for the sake of the topic. I think because you so developed the story so beautifully to this point, you possibly could have left that out, maybe suggested 'all materialistic things were swept away' as a general idea. (Remember, this is just my opinion, others probably think differently!).

I really do love this comparison, well done!
Tracy Nunes 11/17/11
Wow, I can almost see these ladies in action. Great imagery and a perfect parable to make the point. Loved it!
Lillian Rhoades 11/20/11
There are many pearls of wisdom in this piece. The difference between wisdom and folly is well developed and leaves the writer without any doubt as to why "wisdom excels folly."

Loved the message!
Margaret McKinney11/24/11
I agree that the imagery in this piece is amazing. I can see the scene in my mind. And a very creative take on the topic. Beautifully written and well done!
Lillian Rhoades 12/01/11
Three Cheers, Theresa! Congratulations!!
C D Swanson 12/01/11
COngratulations on a job well done. God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/01/11
Yay! Happy Dance! Congratulations :)
Danielle King 12/01/11
Very creative and flows beautifully. Congratulations on placing 3rd. Well deserved!