Hey guys! As you can probably tell by the title, there are several important things in this post. ;)
First off, thank you sooo much to those of you who sent cards for my brother's birthday. Y'all mean so much to me. *smiles* Though he wouldn't admit it, I know he was thrilled. His response when he went to the mailbox and found several cards was "I've got a card from people I don't even know!!" LOL. ;) So yeah. Thanks guys!! :D
Next up, is the results of the last Imagine This writing challenge. :) I only received one entry this go-around and it was fabulous!!! :D A huge thank you to Jesseca Dawn for entering! And here's her amazing entry. :)
I made my way to the mouth of the cave and sat down, hugging my knees to my chest. The flat, barren landscape spread out before me, and the cool breeze whispered softly. The sun had not yet risen above the horizon, still I knew I had only a few minutes of time to myself.
I took a deep breath, and the smell of the morning air seemed to overwhelm me with memories. Some I wished to hold onto forever, and others seemed to haunt me.
My life had, at one time, been peaceful and perfect. Sure, we had our squabbles and differences, but who didn't? We were all together; we were still family. And then, like a storm swooping down out of nowhere, my life had been snatched away, leaving me feeling alone. Suddenly the weight of responsibility for my siblings fell heavily upon my shoulders. I could no longer tell papa my struggles, and mama had become to busy to notice me. It wasn't as if I could blame her; I knew she was taking it hard.
That left me. I had to be strong. Everyone looked to me, and I dared not let them down. But even though it all, a voice still seemed to remind me. This is only temporary. You will again be a child soon.
Oh, how wrong it was!
I could no longer remember the last time I had done something simply for the fun of it. I had missed the years of learning and growing, and now I would never be able to return. Because, in only a few short days, I would be an adult. And all childish things would be put away without my ever having a chance to treasure the.
I wiped a tear from my cheek. I hadn't even realized I was crying. It had been so long since I had cried, the feeling felt foreign.
I sensed rather then felt someone take a seat beside me. Two small arms wrapped around me, and I turned to see my little sister, Ruth, sitting there. Her sweet dimpled face was etched with worry. "Oo be okay, Jamie?"
I brushed back the long, auburn hair that had come loose from the knot at the back of my head and drew her into my arms. "Yes, Ruth. I' okay. We'll all be okay."
She seemed satisfied with my assurance, and wiggled herself free. "I be hungwy, Jamie. We eat soon?"
"Yes." The sun had risen and I stood. I knew the little ones would be hungry, and right now, their needs came before mine. The barren hills still stood the same as before, dotted with sagebrush, and the rising sun only hinted at the warmth the day would bring.
All the thoughts that had overwhelmed me earlier were pushed from my mind. Today, I would take the children to safety or die trying. There was no choice. I wouldn't let them take them from me.
And, last but not least...an upcoming writing contest! :D
I'll soon have a post up with details for this awesome writing contest. ;) In case you can't see the graphic, this will be taking place April 15th – May 16th. :)
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed Easter everyone! :)