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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Bookends (01/30/14)

TITLE: The Flower People
By CD Swanson


"I want to be famous one day. I want my flower people to become famous too."

"Wow. They're lovely Melanie. Each one is different, and yet..."

"Yep. The flower people look the same, but are sooooooo different."

"I love the outfits you've created for them too!"

"Yep" Melanie hustled to the other side of the room and returned quickly, with another picture created only moments ago. "This is my favorite." She wiggled in place as she smiled. Her sparkling eyes watching my face.

"Oh my goodness! Sweetheart, they're beautiful...are they twins?"

"Yep. They are, and they do everything together too. Shopping, eating, and sleeping. They're like...bookends!" Her smile ignited a fire in my heart.

"Honey, they kind of look like you."

She nodded her head rapidly. "And, see the big bright star in the corner?"

"Yes, I do."

"That's Jesus. In Bible class they said He's the bright morning star."

Swallowing hard I touched her hand gently, "Yes, He is. This is fantastic work Melanie."

"I want to show my work to everyone. I will be famous one day."


Note: A true story that happened several years ago.

Melanie succumbed to Leukemia after a brave and valiant fight. We wanted to make Melanie's wish come true. So with permission from the family, we used her "Flower people" to make a calendar in her name, and each picture was accompanied by a poetic saying. I was so blessed and fortunate to be a part of this amazing project, having volunteered my poems for Melanie's pictures. I was honored and humbled when the family chose my words to accompany her precious pictures. The proceeds from the sale of the calendar went to childhood cancer in Melanie's name. And, best of all...she got her wish; she was famous for the entire year, and beyond.

Melanie was a brave little darling girl, and is in a place where she is happy and free from pain. No doubt she was welcomed home where she was already famous to the most important one of all, "the Morning Star..."

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. (Revelation 22:16 KJV)

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Pam Ford Davis 02/06/14
I can picture the delightful child bubbling over with pride and excitement. Her death was tragic; the legacy she left behind testifies to her childlike faith.

Wing His Words!
lynn gipson 02/06/14
Truly one of God's angels, Melanie was. What an inspirational story that tugs at the heart strings and strengthens my faith.

You bring Melanie to life on these pages at Faithwriters and let us see God's spirit at work. Here, she is famous once again. Thanks for this awesome story.
Dannie Hawley 02/06/14
What a tender story you've crafted so vividly. I felt like the MC was showing those drawings to me, anticipation fueling my excitement. You've done a lovely job of including us in this dear child's story by sharing it here. Thank you, and thank you for caring about this precious tresure of the Lord's.
Linda Goergen02/06/14
Oh what a beautiful, heart gripping story! Thank you for allowing Melanie, and her dream, to live on in the words of your story, and in your poems. Thank you for sharing this story—I feel privileged to have heard about Melanie and her flower people through this story. This story transcends the topic and will be one I will not soon forget!
Ellen Carr 02/07/14
A lovely, true story. How lovely that the calendar featured her flower people, and your words. I'm glad this topic prompted you to tell of this.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/13/14
Wow what an emotional piece. I fell in love with your darling MC. Congratulations on ranking 12 overall! Happy Dance!