Naomi Does It Again, Again.
Everything in everyone’s life is a challenge. Whether you like it or not, that’s how it is.
Take Naomi’s life. Some of her challenges are obvious. She is, for example, training for a half-marathon. Don’t sneer, because even though “Iron Man” competitions and those races where people zap you with tasers have upped the ante, a half-marathon is not nothing.
Naomi’s other challenges include deciding whether to actually marry Alfred, who she suspects maybe isn’t worth it, getting that promotion at her job so she can have an office, not a cubicle, and trying to find a copy of a out-of-print book she read in the sixth grade and wants very much to have to pass down to her daughter, causing her to visit the second-hand book store on her lunch and sometimes be late back to work.
Another challenge for Naomi will be having a daughter but in the big scheme of things that one will not be too hard.
And right this moment
…Naomi’s challenge is finding a parking spot at the movie theater. She’s camping out for the next week to be the first to see the new Star Wars installment. She was first in line to see each of the first six, and (spoiler alert!) she’ll be first this time. Second in line will be a nice guy named Stephen. She’ll recognize him from the used book store, and he’ll help overcome two other challenges.
Every day for the A to Z Challenge, there's a new short story. This was a 250=1 story -- a story that's exactly 250 words long, including the title. If you liked it, there's a whole list of the other ones I've written here.
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And, if you're interested, the next post is ALSO an A To Z Post, an ongoing story of turmoil in the alphabet that is far more philosophical and weird than even that sounds: