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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Exam (09/12/13)

TITLE: Morning for a baby boomer
By Lou Bloss
09/13/13


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The man with salt and pepper hair stepped on the digital bathroom scale. He rubbed his eyes, ran one hand through his thinning hair, and looked down between his feet at the flashing red numbers.

"Oh boy," he thought.

He stepped off the scale and reached into the shower to turn on the water. The hard spray cascaded down into the tub and a cloud of steam rose behind the shower curtain.

He closely examined his face in the mirror. A few wiry white strands stuck out from his eyebrows like wayward electrical wires. Wrinkles creased his forehead as he raised one eyebrow.

His belly rested on the faux marble counter top, and as he stepped back he also turned sideways to view his profile. He momentarily considered a body wax, or at least a belly wax, but quickly came to his senses. Why endure such pain when there is no one in your life to impress, he thought.

He looked at his partial which sat in a glass bowl of water, considered the surgical scar he acquired when his appendix was removed two years ago, and noticed his earlobes were getting bigger. They looked much like his Uncle Billy's earlobes, except with more hair in the ear.

"God never intended this," he thought. "But I guess you get what you pay for." He briefly envisioned a once-bitten apple as he stepped into the steamy shower, and he began to sing hymns loudly to an angelic audience of which he was blissfully ignorant. His day had begun.


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Brenda Rice 09/19/13
Very accurate and humorous. Good job on the topic, too.

I liked it because I live with a baby boomers who does pretty much the same things each morning.

Thanks for sharing.
Philippa Geaney 09/21/13
I enjoyed your writing. Easy to smile as your painted the baby boomer's morning preps.
I had to spend time over the last paragraph -which is a clever tactic to make one linger on the page.
Again, good writing :) .
Jan Ackerson 09/23/13
During the break in the Weekly Challenge schedule, Id like to invite you to the FaithWriters forums, where Im holding a weekly free class in various writing strategies. Participation is strictly voluntary, but I give free and timely feedback on all contributions. Id love to have you drop by! http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=67