Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Beginning and End (04/16/09)
TITLE: The Tortoise and the Hare...Revisited
By Verna Cole Mitchell
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At the honk of the goose to start the race, the competitors began together, Terrence creeping and Harold leaping. But soon Harold became interested in all there was to see along the way and started to slow down. First he was distracted by the cute bunny cheerleaders. He strutted over to chat with them a bit and let them feel the softness of his ears. One of them, who was not as interested in him as the others were, boxed his nose. So he hopped off as high as he could to show off his cute cottontail.
Then he noticed a field of lettuce on the side of the road, and since he was hungry, he decided to stop for a salad. He garnished it with some grass and twigs and enjoyed his lunch. Afterwards, he was so full, he stretched out in a field of clover to take a nap.
When he woke up, he joined in a jumping game with some of his furry pals. He bragged to them about how badly he was going to beat Terrence in the race.
Back on the road, Harold looked ahead to see where his competitor was, and all he could see was a tiny speck in the distance. At that, he began to push on his long hind legs to catch up. When he got close to the finish line and was even with his rival, he could see Terrence was not moving. Harold stopped to see what the matter was and noticed that the tortoise shell was marked by tire treads and had been cracked in half, with Terrence flattened below it on the road. Harold stepped easily over the line and ended the race.
And the moral of the story is: Slow and steady does not always win the race. You also have to keep your eyes open to anything that might prevent you from making it safely to the end.
…he who stands firm to the end will be saved. (Matthew 10:22b)NIV
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