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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: First World Problem (04/17/14)

TITLE: When You Have a Boy
By Francy Judge
04/24/14


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So you’re a father now. Congratulations! You’ve been blessed; from now on you will have someone to worry about and love more than life. We have four sons and a daughter, and have now reached the most expensive stage of all: four teenage boys, living in America, expecting to keep up with the Jones’s Junior next door.

Here is a list of two weeks’ expenses of our most wallet-draining son. Granted last June was our busiest month, but still. Who knew one healthy son could cost this much? Times four plus girl.

$ 150……………………..tickets to sports award night at Marriott
$ 350……………………..summer baseball league
$ 100……………………..wooden bat for summer league
$ 400……………………..housing deposit for college
$ 200……………………..admissions deposit for college
$ 110……………………..hotel reservation for new student college visit
$ 340 …………………….limo to prom
$ 120……………………..tux rental
$ 160……………………..food estimate, probably more

And I used to think the diaper stage was expensive! So take this as a warning to new fathers out there—beware. Your adorable, gurgling, burping little boy might like baseball…and you’ll love watching him play. When he bats off the tee, you’ll cheer like he hit a grand slam in the major leagues. He may pitch a no-hitter…and may win all-county. You’ll spend every spring and weekend sitting on a cold bench shivering for two hours. After games, he’ll be hungry. Very hungry. Unless you own a supermarket, you won’t have enough food in your house. He won’t have his own money, because he has no time to work during baseball season. Practice is every day.

You’ll remind yourself there is more to life than baseball, but you’ll still spend your last dime on his pitching coach and baseball camp. Then he’ll grow up, want to go to college, and attend his prom. You can’t say no because you love this boy and you’re his dad. But when he maxes out your bank account and credit card, you’ll want to explain that children in other countries don’t have a fraction of these privileges; many don’t have food or shelter. His problems are First World problems, like a stubbed toe compared to an airplane crash. You’ll want to encourage him to be grateful for the blessings God has given him and to be compassionate to the less fortunate, to be a light in this dark world. Maybe someday he will remember and go help others. Maybe someday he’ll share these lessons with his children.

Now that you’ve been warned, enjoy the days; they go faster than your fastball. Your son is an expensive blessing, but worth every dime and hour spent. So go have that catch; you won’t regret it.


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Camille (C D) Swanson 04/25/14
Well written entry with so many truths throughout.
Good job. I'm sure many will relate to the MC.

God bless~
Joe Moreland04/26/14
Great job. I only have one son (and three girls). Believe me, girls are no less expensive. But every moment I get to spend with them is priceless. Three are college age now and I have one that's graduating high-school this year. My days are numbered, but I always say that the best times are right now.

You did such a good job of showing us how much you love your son. You conveyed the anxiety of the expense and the measure of your love in a well-written entry that was easy to read.

Very nice job.
Ellen Carr 04/27/14
I really enjoyed this. It's tightly written and gets its message over without being 'in your face'. Well done!
Camille (C D) Swanson 05/01/14
Congrats!

God bless~
Joe Moreland05/01/14
Congratulations on your EC. This was so well written and endearing - I'm glad to see it recognized for the excellent job it is.
Tracy Nunes 05/02/14
This was very straight forward and it felt like I was having a chat with someone on that cold bench your MC spoke of. Someone willing to take the risk to speak truth wrapped in warm memories. I loved this.