A Late Bloomer

A Late Bloomer

A Story by Christina May Shanaberg
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For all of the Senior Citizens, who have chosen to return to school!

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A LATE BLOOMER

 

I walk across campus and I feel like everyone is staring at me.  I have lost most of my hair and the hair that I have left is white.  Some of the other students come up to me and inquire as to which class I teach; I guess, just because you are mature in years, you are supposed to know everything, too.  Their mouths drop, always, when I tell them that I am a student.

 

I awoke, one morning, and was looking out at the tree infront of my house.  Suddenly, everything became clear to me about my situation.

 

That tree had been covered with flowers, about a month ago.  When all of the flowers fell off, it looked like it had snowed.  All of the spent blooms had blown away and the tree had started to sprout berries.  But, there it was, a single late blossom.  How majestic it seemed there, by itself.  No single blossom had looked so radiant, when the tree had been covered with flowers.

 

Now, I have my reply to all of the inquiries at college, "I may be a little old, bud, but I'm a late bloomer!"

© 2010 Christina May Shanaberg


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I enjoyed your story. Over the years I have had many older people, mainly women, in my biology classes. The oldest was a lady who was so old that she shuffled a bit when she walked, but she breezed right through the nursing program, passed state board exams, and practiced for several years as a Registered Nurse.

Elton Camp

Posted 9 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.




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Great story telling. This did justice in the realm of getting the message across. Great message. There's lot of times where a story can have a great message to aim for, and have a lot of under lining things but then no one gets it, and if no one gets it, then the point has failed. But in my opinion this did well to get the message across. You made it clear, which is why I think it's good. Keep up the good work. What was also great was that I could imagine the story as I read it, and that is also a strong point of stories. The ability to have the reader imagine it because after all we're reading not watching it, but it was as if I was there as I read this, and that is great. Good job once again.

Posted 3 Years Ago


I am going to assume that this was a poem intended for you hehe. I love you Mama. Anyways this was very good. I really liked your imagery of the tree that was beautifully put. You never really notice how beautiful things look sometimes until you seeing that one and only things surrounded by something either different or ugly. It actually kinda reminds us of how our world is today.

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

beautiful lesson...learning is a life-long lesson. Sometimes we can even bring an understanding and appreciation that only time can teach! Thank you for inspiring me.

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Short but sweet! I love analogy of a mature student compared to a majestic single blossom. Very nice story, one that could no doubt have a sequel.

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I enjoyed your story. Over the years I have had many older people, mainly women, in my biology classes. The oldest was a lady who was so old that she shuffled a bit when she walked, but she breezed right through the nursing program, passed state board exams, and practiced for several years as a Registered Nurse.

Elton Camp

Posted 9 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I really liked this. The ending made me smile and the bit about the blossom on the tree is beautiful and heart warming. Well done!

Posted 9 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Never stop learning....I love it! Thanks for sharing:)

Posted 9 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Beautiful. I like this a lot.

Ghost (Eric Cox)

Posted 9 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I an fond of brief tales, this could be an opening to develop a story but it is a excellent tale that stands on its' own two legs as well nice work!

Posted 9 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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Added on May 22, 2010
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Tags: Senior Citizen, Education, School, College

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Christina May Shanaberg
Christina May Shanaberg

Mount Vernon, OH



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I am a former member of North Shore Writers' Guild in Willoughby OH. I have had numerous poems published and letters. I am, currently, working on a screen play that I hope will interest my cousin-in.. more..

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