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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write in the ROMANCE genre (04/19/07)

By Joy Faire Stewart


Growing up, I was always a prissy kind of girl - nail polish, perfume, makeup - you get the picture. I believed the "Prince Charming on a white horse" stories read to me as a child. Little did I know there would be so many toads.

The first toad I encountered was in the third grade. Leroy's idea of romance was to sit beside me during lunch and eat out of my plate with his fingers. I tried very hard to overlook his least charming feature . . . dirty fingernails.

The following year brought Clyde-the-Toad. He would bully my little brother, which meant WAR! The "prissy girl" turned into a monster and landed a deadly accurate right cross to Clyde's hapless nose. Years later, I realized this toad was trying to get my attention.

In seventh grade, I experienced what can only be described as Toad-of-the-Year. Arnold and I had been going steady since the sixth grade. “Going steady” meant we had exchanged ID bracelets. We met at the movie theatre on Saturday afternoons to hold hands and watch Roy Rogers catch the bad guys and romance Dale. My “starry-eyed” romance with Arnold ended when he sent his best friend to retrieve his bracelet from me. More than likely, Arnold wanted to avoid the same fate Clyde experienced during the fourth grade . . . what a chicken toad!

During my teenage years, Daniel called our home . . . incessantly. When Mom informed him I wasn't home, he'd respond, "Tell her if she wants a date tomorrow night, call me." What a toad!

As the years passed, I encountered many more toads . . . some more memorable than others in terms of "toad-ish" behavior.

Then, when I least expected it, Prince Charming came riding into my life. Using the money from his first paycheck at his very first job, he purchased an expensive watch for me. A month later, he bought one for himself. I knew I had first place in the prince’s heart.

God has given us wonderful children and grandchildren that we cherish. We have mourned the loss of loved ones, including the passing of my beloved brother. There have been deep dark valleys that only the spirit of God could travel with us. There have been mountain peaks so high that if God had given us one more blessing we would have needed to save it for another day.

I often catch my Prince Charming watching as I brush my hair, fold clothes or read a book . . . he says he loves to look at me. When I look into his eyes, I see the other half of my heart.

Forty-five years later, we still have those special watches, and they still faithfully mark the sweetness of time as we continue our romance.

My Prince Charming has so many wonderful qualities that he didn't just ride in on one white horse . . . it was a herd!

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Debbie OConnor04/27/07
A sweet tribute to your prince and a funny commentary on the toads. Well done.
Lynda Lee Schab 04/27/07
This is so sweet! Nicely written tribute to your prince. Love the title too!
Dan Louise Mann04/28/07
Excellent recounting of your line of toads culminating in the "happily ever after" we all secretly dream about. My favorite line includes the phrase "see the other half of my heart". Kudos to you!
Jacquelyn Horne04/28/07
What a wonderful romantic story. Loved the toads! I especially liked the line "if God had given us one more blessing we would have needed to save it for another day". Good job on romance.

Note: I hope someone kissed each of those toads later and turned them into prince charmings(smirk) haha
Mo 04/29/07
Funny & nice!
Donna Powers 04/30/07
I liked this simple yet eloquent story. My favorite line was: "I see the other half of my heart". Good job
Myrna Noyes05/01/07
Loved your title! Great story with just the right touches of humor and romance! I really enjoyed reading this and think you were wise to wait for Prince Charming! He's definitely a "keeper"! :)
Joy Faire Stewart05/04/07
Author's Note: #11 in LEVEL I
Valora Otis05/20/07
After reading your comment on my Sci Fi story,(the last on "a list") I knew I must read anything you had written. I was delighted by your very first challenge article. This is so endearing and I was blessed by the words you've written. Please continue to submit each month. I agree with Chrissy, I hope you have joined the message boards. Blessings:-)
BrendaBrenda parker08/24/07
BrendaBrenda parker08/25/07
Toad-ally Awesome.
I loved the story. I think we have all seen some toads in our lifetime. It was humorus, and a true love story.
You have quite a unique way of telling your story. Keep it up.