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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Drip (04/25/13)

TITLE: Morning Constitutional
By Lori Dixon


A constitutional by Oxford’s definition is, “related to the body's ability to stay healthy, be strong and fight illness”.

The Urban Dictionary defines a Morning Constitutional as, “. . . what happens when someone has to take an early morning bowel movement.”

That being said, I am a firm believer of defending my right to a daily constitutional. And let’s face it, I’m not being cheeky, most of us over forty would defend this right to the death. For some of us it’s the only moment we get alone all day.

The question remains then, what is one to do to keep oneself entertained while sitting listening to the steady irritating drip from a leaky faucet?

Read, of course.

As a child, my family always had water-stained and tattered Archie magazines sitting on the top of the cold, damp porcelain tank. The pages would stick together and when carefully pried apart, parts of Archie’s face would be transferred onto Jughead’s burger making it somewhat amusing but very hard to read the snappy commentary. When I grew older, my tastes matured and the Comics were replaced with Nancy Drews and later, Readers Digests.

Now, a full-fledged, tax-paying adult, my laboratory library consists mostly of devotionals.

I mean, if the whole point of a constitutional is to support the body's ability to stay healthy, be strong and fight illness, the way I see it, I can kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. (Just not a kidney stone, thank you very much . . . bin dare, dun dat and let me tell you dare ain’t no reading going on!)

But I digress.

The moral of the story is, why waste time passing waste when one can do some spiritual cleansing at the same time? Doesn’t our soul need to stay healthy, strong and fight off ills as well?

This may seem all in jest, but there is truth to this tale. I do keep a copy of Our Daily Bread and Jesus Calling on a shelf right at eye level and guess what? I never miss a day that way . . .

Just call it my Morning Constitutional Devotional.

The End (Pun intended)
Oxford, http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/dictionary/constitutional_1
Urban Dictionary, http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=morning%20constitutional
RBC Ministries Our Daily Bread
Sarah Young, Jesus Calling Thomas Nelson (Oct 12 2004)

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lynn gipson 05/04/13
Funny, well written story.
That really is a great way to start the day, or should I say ways to start the day?
Thanks for sharing.
Cinda Carter05/04/13
I loved this article with a little bit of whimsical humor and yet it gets right to the point. Cleansing from within and from without. Just love it.
Cheryl Harrison05/04/13
Ha! Loved it. Such a clever story. Morning Constitutional Devotional... I'm still laughing!

I loved your word-play... masterful use of the word "cheeky". I stumbled on the words "tax paying", but that's an easy fix.

Great job! Blessings.

Bea Edwards 05/04/13
Priceless. Still smiling ear to ear. I too thorughly agree with having a morning constitutional devotional after my drip coffee has set things in motion :-}
Ya know you're getting old kiddies, when this is an acceptable topic of conversation. hehe
Clever and fun! Well done.
Christina Banks 05/04/13
I'm smiling. You've given us a good point to ponder. We could all use daily spiritual constitutionals.
Vince Martella05/04/13
I started to pass over commenting on this one, but then I realized I do my best reading on the throne. With the busyness of life, we can all "do our business" with God each morning. Thanks for a thought provoking article with humor.
Judith Gayle Smith05/04/13
ummmmmmmmm . . .

yes. Well written, well thought out and easy to empathize . . .
Allen Povenmire 05/05/13
I admire the courage you had in this submission. I did smile, laugh, and now, well, I gotta go.
Lillian Rhoades 05/05/13
Natural vs. spiritual...Hmmm.
You have a great ability to connect with the reader, and great courage and skill to write about what comes naturally (pun also intended).:-)

Just a bit of red ink for being a bit weak on topic, in my opinion.
Carolyn Ancell05/06/13
Living in an RV now for six months, I especially appreciated your point about finding the rare places we get to be alone during the day! Thanks for a fun piece.