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Pas is Born: A Short Story with Hope and Mercy

Updated on November 19, 2014

The Inspiration for This Story

I do listen to my followers and friends. I am a creative writer, and in order for me to improve, I need to stretch my wings, be willing to fly over deep canyons, and trust that my writing abilities will keep me from harm. Isn’t that what I’m always preaching?

During the past month I have written three stories about two magical children, Hope and Mercy. The stories were well-received for sure, and why wouldn’t they be? We all want to believe in those children, don’t we? We all want to believe that they exist and that their healing powers can right wrongs.

I was pretty much done with the series when a friend of mine, Zulma, wrote the following:

I don't suppose Hope and Mercy would consider adopting a brother into their family? Maybe? Possibly? :)

So there you are, the genesis and inspiration for the story that follows.

Thank you, Zulma!

Pas
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A Child Is Born

Tucked away in the northeast corner of Montana, close to the Canadian border, is an orphanage, The Sacred Heart Home for Children. The vast forest embraces the main building, wrapping its primeval arms around it, making it one with the foliage.

Few know of its existence; fewer, still, even care. Here you will find the unwanted, the discarded, and the forgotten. It is the last stop for those children who have slipped through the cracks of society.

It is run by a delightful and loving couple, Delores and Tom Banks, childless themselves, but determined to give love where love is needed. Their home is a safe place for thirty-two children, ranging in age from one to seventeen, and a more loving place you will never find.

Tom is the handyman, the fixer, the provider of all physical needs, and each day finds him pounding nails here, fixing fences there, always with a smile on his face and a word of encouragement for the children who help him with his chores. Delores provides the intangibles, the hugs, the tenderness, and the unbridled declarations of love.

Some of the children eventually find homes with adults who come in search of fulfillment; some never find homes and remain with Delores and Tom until they can fend for themselves in the world beyond the forest.

One dark, gloomy, morning, Tom rose early, as was his habit, and left the house to begin his day of chores. Opening the door he spied a bundle, and wrapped in that bundle was a baby, no more than a month or two in age. Gently Tom picked up the bundle and took it into the grand meeting room, where a fire blazed in the hearth. He called out to Delores, who came immediately, and then they both took the first tentative steps toward providing a home for this bundle of joy.

A beautiful boy he was, with curly brown hair and stunning green eyes, the green of a deep pool of water. The child’s smile was infectious, and soon the other children of the orphanage gathered around and welcomed their new brother.

After some serious discussion and debate, for all the children had suggestions, the name of the child was put up to a vote, and once the tally was in, Pas was officially a member of the human race.

The skies clear over the orphanage
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Ten Years Pass

The President of the United States stood in the Oval Office, staring out the window of that great room, with his trusted friend and advisor standing nearby.

“Where is this child?” the President asked.

“Sir, he lives in an orphanage in Montana. The place is operated by Tom and Delores Banks, a childless couple. According to our sources, the child was left on the doorstep of the orphanage ten years ago. The parents are unknown, and we really have very little to go on. All we know is what we are told at this point, that the child has some rather special powers.”

“Do we consider the child a threat?”

“Oh, no, sir, but he is remarkable. It is said that wild animals befriend him, that storms calm as they pass overhead of the orphanage, and that people who see this child feel….well….at peace. It is also said that his eyes are mesmerizing. Rumors are flying fast and furious, as you might suspect. Some think the child is a hoax. Some think this is the work of the supernatural. Since Mr. and Mrs. Banks are rather protective of the child, there really is no substance to any of these rumors.”

“And the child’s name is what?”

“Pas.”

“That’s a rather odd name, isn’t it? Does it have some significance?”

“Sir, I’m told that ‘Pas’ stands for peace.”

“Fine. Let’s find out for ourselves before we do anything else. Send your aid, Marci, out to Montana and have her compile some information about this Pas. I want this kept quiet, understand? We don’t need the voters thinking that we chase after wild geese, certainly not a goose named Peace.”

Two Days Later

Tom and Delores welcomed their official visitor and took her into the living room, where they all sat with tea to discuss the matters at hand. Marci was, in fact, Miss Marci O’Brien, aide to the Secretary of Homeland Defense. She was thirty-four years old, a political junkie in D.C. who wanted nothing more than to serve her country with honor. She was unmarried, easy to smile, and possessed an I.Q. of one-fifty, with a Political Science degree from Stanford and a masters in Governmental Studies from Georgetown.

Yes, unmarried, but not because of a lack of suitors, for Miss O’Brien was an Irish beauty with long, flowing red hair, hazel eyes, dimples, and enough freckles to feed fantasies for years. She was smiling as she took her first sip of the peppermint tea.

“Thank you for meeting with me, Mr. and Mrs. Banks. I really do appreciate you taking the time, and I apologize for the unannounced intrusion. If you could tell me everything you know about this child, Pas, and then, if you would be so kind, allow me to meet the child.”

Delores set her tea cup down and folded her hands in her lap. “I’m sorry, Miss O’Brien, but Pas is no longer with us. As for telling you about him, really all we can tell you is that he was left on our doorstep ten years ago, and now he is gone.”

“Gone! My sources had the child here two days ago. Where is he if he isn’t here? The President of the United States has requested information about this child, and it’s my job to please the President.”

“Yes, Pas is gone,” Tom said. “As for where he is, we really aren’t at liberty to tell you that, Miss O’Brien. We are very protective of our children, and we have an ironclad rule never to give out that type of information. All we can tell you is that Pas was adopted and it was a marvelous union. We are very pleased with the outcome, and Pas is as happy as we have ever seen him. It would serve no purpose in telling you of his whereabouts.”

“Excuse me for saying this, Mr. Banks, but that really isn’t your decision to make. Listen, folks, I’m not the enemy. I understand your concerns for your children, and I highly respect you for the work that you do, but the President of the United States wants information about this child, and it’s my job to secure that information. I really need you to tell me where Pas is?”

Delores smiled at her visitor. “Miss O’Brien, do you believe in Hope and Mercy?”

Marci took a moment to consider that rather strange question.

“Of course I believe in hope and mercy. I represent the government of the United States of America. What kind of a government would it be that didn’t believe in hope and mercy? But I really don’t see what that has to do with the location of Pas.”

Delores and Tom rose, signaling the end of the meeting. Delores took Marci’s arm and steered her to the front door. “Miss O’Brien, all I can tell you is that Pas can be found where Hope and Mercy reside. Now, I hope you have a safe trip back to Washington D.C. It really was lovely meeting you.”

Marci climbed into her rental car and made her way to Missoula, where she would catch a plane bound for the nation’s capital. What a strange answer to my question, she thought. What in the world am I going to tell the President? He will never be satisfied with my report that Pas now lives where hope and mercy are found. The Banks couple seemed nice, but they are obviously delusional.

Meanwhile, in Oregon
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Meanwhile, in Oregon

The young boy named Pas ran through the field of lavender, his laughter spreading outward like ripples in a pond when a stone hits the surface. He crested the hill and looked down on his new home. His adopted sisters, Hope and Mercy, saw him and waved. Their smiles were radiant, and they opened their arms as Pas ran down the hill towards them.

The three of them hugged, and as they did the birds flew overhead, chirping in celebration. Animals large and small came from the forest, clouds parted, and the warm wind caressed them. Mercy looked at her brother and sister.

“Come. We have much work to do. The world needs us.”

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peace be with you, Deb....thank you!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The world requires much, and THIS is only a beginning.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Dianna. If I made you smile then my work is done. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Your story made me smile, especially the ending. I pictured their loving hugs and felt their joy. Paz means peace in Spanish too.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ahh, Faith, how could I forget Charity? Well, maybe I haven't. :) Stay tuned.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, dear friend.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Always beautiful ... when from out of the mouths of babes, comes peace, mercy and hope. All of us adults can sure learn a lot from these precious hearts no doubt. I love that sweet little darling of a boy, Pas, and his life's mission of peace!

      Oh, what about Charity, their cousin!

      Peace to you and yours this Thanksgiving and always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And tomorrow you shall have it, Denise. Thank you so much, and Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Wow! I am looking forward to the next installment!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, vkwok. I'm so happy that people have enjoyed this series. Another one coming tomorrow.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, thank you for the reference. What a wonderful organization that you mentioned, and it doesn't surprise me at all that you would consider volunteering there. Quality people step up and do what is necessary.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, perhaps, if I can find the time. It's always about time my friend. Thank you and I'm so glad that you enjoy this. New characters coming Tuesday.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad, Rasma! I have to admit, I love this series of stories, too. Thank you!

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      A great, amazing story, Bill!

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      There are people like Dolores and Tom. For instance, Google on:

      Kalamazoo "Peace House"

      From what I hear, it is run by a Quaker family and a Catholic family in the Catholic Worker Movement. Your story inspired me to give thought to volunteering there.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill forgive me for being late, I've been ill with a nasty bug. This is another beautiful story full of goodness and love. I loved reading it. This could very well be a series and it would be wonderful, giving people hope that never had any before.. This needs to go beyond hubpages, like a book, maybe?

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Absolutely awesome and inspirational. I loved this story from beginning to end and it left me smiling. Thanks for sharing and passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, for sure, there is another one coming Tuesday. I'm so glad you enjoy it. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Genna. I love this story and I'm so glad others do as well. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      A beautiful story, had me totally drawn in, will there be more stories? would love to read them, great write.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "The Banks couple seemed nice, but they are obviously delusional." Sadly, it seems that Marci's high IQ does not always serve her well. A beautiful story, Bill...beautifully told, as only you can do. I love this series!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nadiine. Now all I have to do is find a publisher. LOL I'll let you know when that happens.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE! I greatly appreciate your visits and kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, I have a special place in my heart for rabble-rousers. :) Maybe because I'm one???

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you travmaj. The next story is already started. I can't let my fans down.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heaven for sure, Venkatachari M. I'm so glad you enjoy these stories.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I don't think we've seen the end of this group of wonderful children.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Mary. I really like these three kids, and evidently a lot of you do as well.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree with you, Jackie. This series of essays allows me to smile as well. Thank you for being here and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I loved the birth of a brother for Hope and Mercy. What a great story. Please this should be published! I can just image a lovely picture or illustration on each page, next to your text.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi You always present the best and very interesting.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      For the record, Bill, Perspycacious and Jo_Goldsmith11 suggested the names; I merely echoed their sentiments.

      Conspiring against you, never! I assure you it's merely...coincidence that Jo and I feel so strongly about your new family. (hee-hee)

      As for rabble-rouser? You betcha; and darn proud of it. I know your free time is limited. I also know for something this special, you'll find the time. So we wait patiently and expectantly. (No pressure, Boss.)

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      So beautiful and written with such energy and vision. I'm sure these characters will be nudging you to write the next chapter/story. I'm waiting with the other fans...cheers from down under...

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very beautiful story. Hope and Mercy getting Peace. Wonderful. what a great combination. If this could happen in this real world, it would be heaven for us here itself.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm glad that Pas has joined Hope and Mercy, Bill. What a lovely trio they'll make, and what valuable work they could do! I hope you create more stories about them.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      How wonderful to join Pas (peace) with Mercy and Hope like only you can do. The beauty of these three shines through in this hub showing their unselfish powers as they communicate with the animals and cause people to smile....if only.

      Voted all but funny.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Beautiful story Bill; it is really nice having more happy ones. Seems in our time all stories needed a happy ending until people just got tired of that I guess; but I always love them! They make us smile.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pawpaw...I appreciate the support. Maybe a novel...we'll have to see how time shakes out.

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      Love the story. I could see expanding it into a novel.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks Dora. How about once a week? That's the best I can do, but what a lovely incentive you've given me.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, I could do with one of these stories everyday. No pressure, I'll be content to receive them whenever they come. They're like multivitamins for the soul.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo. Thanks to Zulma, the family is going to grow again next week. LOL

      You are appreciated my friend. Blessings to you and yours always.

      bill

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, a wonderful read, good to see the family growing. Beautifully done.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, are you and Jo conspiring against me? LOL What a rabble-rouser you are. How much free time do you think I have? :)

      Yes, I want to, and since you asked so sweetly.....

      Thank you my UK friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes they are, manatita! :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Martie. These children are pretty special to me. I'm so happy that others feel the same way.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, unreal...look below in the comment...Zulma suggested two more character, Honor and Glory. LOL My fans are demanding. What else can I do but answer the demand? :) Thank you dear friend, and peace be with you.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Bill, you done did it! Another beautiful story about another beautiful child. What a lovely family they are becoming. I can't believe you actually thought you could get away with just three stories. (hee-hee)

      I think two more additions, Honor and Glory, would be amazing. I can't possibly see anyone else doing this but you. What do you say? Gonna give us what we want.? You know you want too.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Yes, Billy, you're right. Our thoughts are similar on this very important subject.

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Hope, Mercy and Peace are for sure siblings.

      Profound and thought-provoking story! Thank you, billybuc :)

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      Very Nicely written my friend! I think you are on to something here.

      What a wonderful novel this would sure to be if you were to expand on the characters of hope, mercy and peace ( Pas).

      A really great read especially for young ones who need this kind of reading to help develop a kinder and gentle generation to come.

      Shared, tweet & facebook....Up she goes! :-) Okay here is another character should you ever be inclined to expand with the newest addition with Pas, ( peace) What if they found maybe a cousin named "honor"?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you breakfastpop. I think we all can embrace the message these three children offer us.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, that's the nicest thing you could say to a writer. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thank you Ann. I'm just letting the three children tell their story. They have quite a message to deliver, and I'm just grateful they chose me to deliver it.

      Happy Thursday evening to you dear friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree with you, Clive. Creative writing feeds our souls....best wishes to you, my friend, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you whonu...I think we could all use a little of the magic dust that Pas, Hope and Mercy are sprinkling.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      I love that they stood up to a government who knows absolutely nothing about Hope, Mercy or Peace. I love this series! Voted up, interesting, beautiful and totally awesome.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      You make me smile. Thank you! ;-)

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      What a charming story, bill. I love it. How good to have Peace join Hope and Mercy; I also think the male input is really important!

      I like it that the President doesn't get his way - power to the people and to Peace as well!

      You have such a way of getting over a message because you too are a beautiful writer. I'm looking forward to hearing more about Pas and his work (his sisters too of course!).

      Wonderful!

      Ann

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      I loved this story, creative writing is wonderful, it opens our imagination. Another great story from the great billybuc

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Well done my friend. Such a message of hope in what you have written. whonu

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rachael. I've thought the same thing, about making it a book. Not sure how i'll go about that yet, but thank you for the suggestion.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      The premise for this story (and the others) have the makings of a nice enjoyable series which can go on and on for several more books. Well done. I look forward to more.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Carb. I think we all need these breaks from reality. :) Thank you!

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      In a world filled with so much pain and sorrow, a beautiful story of peace and hope. Thank you for a quiet break from the turmoil.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      As I hoped it would be, Eric. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Manatita....you've written about peace yourself, many times, so this was right up your alley. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sandra! I love writing like this. I really need to do more of it, because it feeds my creative soul..

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful and full of Peace. The whole thing was just plain peaceful.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Very nice Bill. A cute one, this, like babies themselves.

      P.S. They tend to confuse Ambassadors, so nice take on the conversation. Have a great evening.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Lovely analogy and extremely well written. Voted up as beautiful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you cynthtggt, and welcome back. I'm really happy that you enjoyed my story.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, Kindred, really? Thank you! I don't even know what to say other than thank you my dear friend. I love this ongoing story...it's the kind of feel good we all could use.

      hugs dear lady

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Perspycacious, thank you....Glory is a good name indeed. I'll have to give that some thought.

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      cynthtggt 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Wonderful story and presentation here Bill. As I have been away awhile and now again surfing HP, I am happy to see you. Nice work here.

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      Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

      Kindred, this is your BEST ever. I am so moved that words ...well, there are none to adequately express how I feel. Beautifully done my amazing friend.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Perhaps a child named "Glory"....the right kind?

      Well done and flows nicely to the conclusion....and beyond.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you very much, John. I appreciate your kind words.

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      John Messingham 2 years ago from East Kilbride, Scotland

      Very enjoyable, thanks for posting this Bill (and thanks to Zuma for the nudge).

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine. I'm so glad you enjoyed the tale....have a wonderful Thursday my friend. The weekend is almost upon us.

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Aw, this was beautiful and definitely gives me such peace reading and hopeful. too for sure. Glad Pas was born here and that Zuma indeed planted the seed. Have a very wonderful and peaceful Thursday now, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I'm sure there will be. I enjoy the creative process and I'm sure I can find the time. Thank you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm glad Zulma planted this seed, Bill. Now the story can continue. What a beautiful picture you painted in the last two paragraphs. Will there be more?