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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Funny (10/04/12)

TITLE: Picture This...
By Judy Sauer


Picture This...

Oh, the places we go, and the things we can see, if we just stop a bit to enjoy the frolicking of critters and babes alike. Imagine…

Hearing a baby gleeful giggle so hard one cannot help but join the amusement with a jolly, hearty, belly laugh - and for a moment forgets all the troubles weighing heavily upon one’s shoulders.

Looking out the window and watching a squirrel fight with a fallen tree branch. The branch is winning the battle yet the squirrel is not discouraged and continues its quest. Despite the squirrel’s valiant efforts the branch flips the squirrel on its back – all powered by the squirrel since the branch has no power. Not once, nor twice, but three times the bushy tailed gray squirrel flips on its back. Unwilling to concede defeat to the tree branch, the squirrel continues the branch dance for more than an hour. What a joy to see, if we only take the time to watch the critter’s entertainment.

Seeing a baby bravely go where it has not yet gone before … trying to get up and take a few steps. The baby falls yet knows nothing of discouragement. The little one gets back up and continues to try, over and over, undeterred by the many fruitless attempts some might consider as failures. Once achieving their goal, in their moment of victory, notice how the child’s big, cheesy grin, complete with slobber drooling abundantly with fingers in the mouth is complemented with sparkling eyes. Capturing this moment in time is priceless.

Observing two squirrels playing hide and seek with each other on the trunk of a mature oak tree. They freeze in place until one squirrel decides to make a move, and a playful game ensues. Freeze frame again; both squirrels stop in mid-play hoping its competitor doesn’t catch a glance of their whiskers or bushy tail. The dance continues as long as each wants to play. A momentary respite from a day’s stress, if we but take the time to watch.

Feeding an infant dry cereal shaped circles. The pieces are placed on the high chair table. The wee one wants to savor the feast before them. What delight it is to observe the babe with clenched fists, lower their head to mouth the cereal circles from the tray. Slobber develops yet the smile on the little one’s face is priceless as they suck on the oat circle finally captured from their tongue and mouth. It’s easy to be mesmerized by the innocence of a child attempting to feed itself. These are moments to treasure.

How much of life do we miss each day if we don’t pause to see the amazement within our sights? Picture this: take a few moments to see what’s outside your window.

Oh, the places we go, and the things we can see, if we just stop.

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Noel Mitaxa 10/13/12
A warm cluster of reminders to stop and smell the roses.
Joanne Sher 10/13/12
Just lovely. You made me smile several times. Thanks so much!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/13/12
This is a lovely piece and it does maker one stop and wonder how many moments we may miss because we allow the stress of life to hold us back.
Ellen Carr 10/13/12
I enjoyed the word pictures you painted of the 'funny' antics of squirrels and babies. What joy there is in simple things when we notice them. Thanks.
C D Swanson 10/15/12
This was an enjoyable and well written read. Thank you. God Bless~
Hiram Claudio10/16/12
Well written and powerfully crafted. There was a sense of calm that came over me as I read ... it really helped me to pause. Thanks for the reminder!