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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Concentration (07/24/08)

TITLE: Too Quiet
By Karlene Jacobsen
07/28/08


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I told the world to be quiet one day so I could think a thought in peace and perhaps think it through to completion. “Absolutely no interruptions,” I said, with a force that would chase any man away, “I have an article to write.”

Much to my chagrin, some brave souls followed me wherever I went.

“But Mom,” they sang, “we just have this one thing to ask of you.”

I looked down at the four faces I love so dear, “One question, then off with you,” I allowed. Their queries satisfied, I locked myself away, secure in my office, ready to face the quiet. “Now, I can write,” I thought.

I seated myself at my desk, computer turned on. Then I saw them. The papers strewn on the shelf challenged me to ignore them one more moment. Dust particles danced in the light rays streaming in from the afternoon sun before landing on the furniture, and the carpet screamed for a turn with the vacuum. Oh, the list was endless.

Several hours later, my husband knocked at the door, “Honey, would you like to watch a movie with us?”

“Of course I would,” I called back, “but I can’t. I have this article to write.”

“How much more have you got to do?” He asked.

“All of it, there was too much else to do.”

“But the kids were quiet, they cleaned the house too.”

“Yes, but, the quiet was too loud. I couldn’t concentrate.”


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Johnna Stein08/01/08
Been there! Sometimes it's just too quiet! I would like to have seen more of the struggle that went on before the quiet time and during it.Good job with the topic!
Joanne Sher 08/02/08
I have LIVED this :) (Not as often as too noisy, though LOL) Made me giggle. Would love more description, perhaps - to put us there. Thanks for writing. :)