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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bookends (01/30/14)

TITLE: No Monkey Business
By Ed Williams
02/03/14


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I learned to mimic monkeys at an early age. At age five I was mesmerized by the chimp on the popular Tarzan television show, and envious of Elly May Clampette’s pet monkey on The Beverly Hillbillies.

I studied monkeys; at the zoo, in the encyclopedia, and as an avid reader of Curious George.

By age six, I was entertaining my parent’s dinner guest with a monkey performance unequaled to this day. Some say I’ve done nothing but monkey around since.

You won’t be too surprised if I tell you that monkeys have become my moniker. I’ve got monkeys made of pottery, brass, wood and plans for more monkeys. Come visit my office and you’ll be warmly greeted by a monkey firmly grasping a bowl that offers the appropriate candy for the season; peppermints at Christmas, chocolate eggs and jelly beans at Easter.

On my desk, a monkey butler distributes business cards from a sterling silver serving tray. But my prized monkeys are the rustic iron monkey bookends. They are heavy and dependable not slide away. My special books go between them.

Our lives are like books. Each volume bound together to make a complete set. What holds the books of your life in place? One end of life is marked by a birthday. The other end immortalized in death’s eulogy.

Psalm 139:13 says that God is those bookends. “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb.”

Since God created us, that’s pretty special. God also numbers our days—Psalm 139:16 “…in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me…” that too is pretty special.

What goes between life’s book ends? Should I fill the space with ragged paperbacks, or should I fill it with leather bound classics?


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Lois Farrow02/06/14
Great thoughts on the topic. Well done.
Brenda Rice 02/10/14
I like this entry very much. You presented your thoughts with clarity as you weaved an interesting message about life.

Paperbacks or leather bound...which will it be?

Thanks for giving me food for thought.
Larry Whittington02/12/14
Your question at the end says it all.

The choice is ours what we put between the book ends but the one who finally reads our book determines if it is a winner or loser.

We must choose our pages carefully guided by the one above.