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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Expert (09/05/13)

TITLE: Watch Ya Doing
By Graham Insley


"Watch ya doin', Gran'dad?"

"Making Grandma a planter box."

"What's a planta box?"

"Plant 'er' box, Emmanuel. Not plant 'a' box. It's a wooden box on legs. You put soil in it and plant things in it. Grandma is going to grow some herbs."

"Wat's 'erbs?"

"They're a tasty plant that you use in cooking. They make food yummy."

"I like yummy food. Can I help?"

"Of course you can, darling. Here, let me lift you up on the bench so you can reach."


"Yes, Emmanuel?"

"I luv you."

"I love you too, darling. Come here. I'll get this screw going, and then I'll hold the screw gun while you pull the trigger. Together we'll have this done in no time."

"Gran'dad, wat makes the screw gun turn?"

"There's an electric motor inside, sweetheart. Electricity from the battery spins the motor and that spins the gun."

"Where's the electicity come from?"

"When I plug it into the wall and charge the batteries, they fill up with electricity."


"Because that's what makes them go."

"But why is there elec... electu..."


"Why is there electicity in the walls?"

"It's not actually in the walls, Emmanuel. It's in wires in the walls. And that's what gives power to the fridge and the washing machine and all those other things we use."

"Wat's power, Gran'dad?"

"Darling, you ask a lot of questions. Can we finish this planter box?"

"Okay. When we finish, will you tell me wat power is? -- Gran'dad"


"I luv you."

"Come over here scallywag and give me a hug...; now, pick up that hammer. What did you use to pick it up?"

"My hand."

"Okay, good answer. But why could you pick it up?"

"I'm big and strong now."

"Well, Emmanuel, that is called power. It is what makes you strong. There are different types of power. There is power in your strength and as you grower bigger you will have more of it."

"One day I'll be as strong as you."

"Yes you will, darling. But now I want you to go and get that power saw for me."

"But Gran'dad, you told me I must never touch that."

"Good boy. That's another sort of power. You have the power to say no when something is wrong."

"I also say yes. And yes is better."

"Not when it's wrong, Emmanuel. And you must always remember to say no when you know something is wrong."

"You mean like hitting Sissy?"

"That's right. Okay, what drives the car?"

"You and Daddy."

"No, silly-billy. I mean what makes it go?"

"The key?"

"Okay, when you turn the key, that's what starts the motor. Inside the fuel tank there is petrol which makes the motor go. That's another sort of power."

"It goes real fast too."

"Sometimes. But like saying no, the driver can make it go fast or slow. Now, you know how Grandma and I go to church and we tell you about God?"

"You mean up in heaven."

"No. God actually lives here in your heart. And He is another type of power."

"Does He live in the walls too?"

"Well no darling, not actually in the walls. But He lives everywhere because He is the greatest power of all."

"Hey! Are you two ever going to finish my planter box? "

"It's not easy with two thousand and one questions going on."

"Hello, Nanny. Gran'dad's teaching me about power."

"The power of gab by the look of it?"

"Not gab, Nanny, God. Gran'dad knows everthing and everbody. He even knows God."

"Yes, lovely one. He knows God. And by the time he finishes that planter box, why, he'll probably meet Him. Then he can tell God what a right regular expert he is at building planter boxes."

"What's an expurt?"

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C D Swanson 09/12/13
Awww, I really enjoyed this whole entry. It's a winner for me.

Thank you. God bless~
Tracy Nunes 09/13/13
This really hit home with me. Who says that the movers and shakers are in corporate offices? This exchange was powerful in more ways than one. Excellent job!
Laura Hawbaker09/17/13
Great job! Very realistic dialogue--reminds me of conversation with my grandson. Good read!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/20/13
Congratulations for ranking 12th overall!