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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Time (11/15/12)

TITLE: Under Grandma's Couch
By Laura Hawbaker
11/22/12


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I am not what you would call a particular housekeeper. Casual would probably better describe my housekeeping personality. I have long admired women who adhere to detailed cleaning schedules and who regularly block out several weeks a year dedicated to deep cleaning. My motto concerning dirt is, ďIf you donít see it, for goodness sake, donít disturb it!Ē For the most part, a daily swipe of the visible dust and grime satisfies me and my family, but once in a great while I get a hankering to go after that hidden dirt. And since my deep cleaning moods are so few and far between, they usually result in some interesting discoveries.

Thatís why I was so surprised at what I found the last time I decided to clean under the couch. I pushed the couch away from the wall and was startled to findódust.

Just dust. No marbles, no renegade caroms, no Legoís. I didnít find any crumpled, half finished math sheets, no over due library books. No pencils crayons or stray socks. No miniature cars or dusty pacifiers. A neglected Battleship game stood against the wall, a forgotten state quarter collection by its side. As I swept up the dust I remembered the day when little boys shouted for joy at finding a long lost bouncy ball.

It is time for the grandchildren to come visiting!


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/22/12
This is a great story. There's nothing better to describe empty nest than nothing but dust under the couch. Funny how we can miss those little nuisances once they're gone.
Noel Mitaxa 11/25/12
A nice whimsical touch here, though I feel you did have plenty of 'broom' left to add to an entertaining read. ;-)
CD Swanson 11/27/12
I loved this! Thanks.
God bless~
Ellen Carr 11/28/12
This is lovely. It evokes feelings so beautifully with only a few words. I enjoyed it a lot.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/29/12
Congratulations for placing 10th in level four and 11th overall! (So close!)