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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Key (02/14/13)

TITLE: Girls, Pig Latin, and The True Key To Life
By Justin Atkin


Girls are conniving, haughty, and downright despicable. Just for conclusiveness, you can add weird as well. At least that’s what I thought as a seven year old boy.

“Someone needs to put them two sorry girls in jail,” I mumbled as I walked back towards my house, fixing the cursed strap on my overalls that always seemed to pop loose at the worst times.

I thought my next door neighbors, Jennifer and Alicia, would fit in good with people like Al Capone and “Baby Face” Nelson. However, I knew in my heart that there was no need to put them in jail. As smart as they were, they would probably have a key hidden and could use it to escape as soon as the jailer nodded off asleep. Then I would have to deal with Jennifer, Alicia, “Baby Face”, and Al.

It seemed to me that those two girls held the key to everything in life. They had everything they wanted. They were popular. They never failed to get under my skin. God had given them super powers to out run me and climb trees higher than I could. They even claimed to be smarter than all boys combined. I kind of believed them because they could speak “Pig Latin” fluently.

“ustin-Jay mells-say unny-fay,” whispered Jennifer as they both laughed hysterically.

Alicia responded with her usual, “ustin-Jay as-hay a ig-bay ead-hay.”

My older sister didn’t mind at all translating it for me.

“They basically said Justin smells funny and Justin has a big head. I would have to say I agree.”

“Thanks,” was my response to my sister as I slammed my bedroom door and flopped on my bed.

I was not that different from most boys. As I sat in my room, my mind wondered to some far away adventure. It was as if I were in an Indiana Jones movie. Somewhere in the world, the “key to life” was hidden. All I would have to do was find it. Then I could run faster, climb higher, and live happier. I would be able to speak “Pig Latin”. Maybe even “Pig German” and “Pig French” as well. I wanted to find the key to life more than anything.

Through the years, I have become a little wiser than that little boy I once was. I finally learned to speak foreign and mysterious languages. My legs grew longer and I could outrun most anybody. And of course, somewhere around the age of thirteen, Jennifer and Alicia didn’t seem to be so terrible. They actually started to smell real good and I quit running away from them when they teased me. Believe it or not, I actually discovered the key to life that I often daydreamed would make so happy. Funny thing was that the key to life wasn’t even hidden. It was written down in plain sight.

The key to life is actually very accessible to most people. It can be found in the pages of the most popular book of all time, what we call the Holy Bible. Experts say that there have been over seven billion copies of this book printed throughout the years. Within the pages of the Bible, we read of a man named King Solomon.

In the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon states that he had experienced everything that life on earth could offer. He was ruler over a great nation. He had a mighty kingdom. He had riches beyond imagination. It is noted that silver was worthless in his kingdom because he possessed so much gold. He had everything money could buy. King Solomon married the world’s most beautiful women. He had the best food, wine, and entertainment of his day. He literally had everything this world could offer.

King Solomon thought about his life and came to the conclusion that nothing this world offers really matters without God. He wrote of the vanity of it all. The wise King Solomon concludes his writing with the key to life.

“The last and final word is this: Fear God. Do what He tells you. And that's it. Eventually God will bring everything that we do out into the open and judge it according to its hidden intent, whether it's good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 The Message)

I wish I would have found the key to life before I was seven years old. But then again I would have probably just been annoying with all that knowledge.

“irls-Gay, uess-gay ho-way as-hay he-tay ey-kay o-tay ife-lay?”

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C D Swanson 02/23/13
Very well written piece and tale. Nicely done, I enjoyed this very much.

God bless~