Angels, Lambs, Ladybugs and Fireflies

2 Jan

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

I'm a winner

When my daughter was in elementary school the second and third grade performed a Christmas program entitled “Angels, Lambs, Ladybugs and Fireflies.” She was a firefly and their job was to light the way to Bethlehem for Mary and Joseph. As they sang their song with dimmed lights, each child waved a lit flashlight and one child, I think, it was mine had this line “When everyone works together, a lot can be accomplished.” Isn’t that a great line?

This week I was notified I had won a month long  contest, a writing contest at that. It involved writing a story using only one hundred and forty characters. That is 140 letters people!  They even paid me money; fifty dollars and that is not the best part, the part that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The only reason I won is that I have an incredibly supportive group of friends on Facebook and Twitter. Together they retweeted my story over sixty times, more than any other contestant.

When everyone works together a lot can be accomplished. I think that is my motto for 2014.

I know you have been dying to read my winning story, so here it is, don’t blink or you will miss it!

 Birthed in pain to a life of shame. Hooker by night, student by day, paying her way, trying to escape and change her fate.

Not my daughter’s performance but it’s a cute play. The wise fireflies speak around the 7 minute mark

PLUS, I wanted everyone to have the song stuck in their heads like I do right now.

17 Responses to “Angels, Lambs, Ladybugs and Fireflies”

  1. Tara Fairfield January 6, 2014 at 8:07 pm #

    Congratulations! Well deserved.


  2. Bob Nailor January 6, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    Great post and so endearing. It is true – I was once told – A single raindrop is moisture to wipe away. A million million raindrops is a flood to wash away. Now THAT is group working together.


  3. LisaJeyDavis January 6, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    OH MY GOSH! You WON! I am so freaking happy for you Onisha! That is stupendous! This stuff WORKS doesn’t it??? LOL Congrats and let’s keep working together, shall we? Love ya!


  4. Teri Smieja January 6, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    Congrats on winning! And yes, together people can accomplish so much more!


  5. Scott Bury January 6, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    Yes, if we work together, we can accomplish a lot. Let’s get organized and figure out what we want to accomplish together.


  6. elysesalpeter January 6, 2014 at 10:04 am #

    I do believe if we all come together and help each other out, great things can be accomplished. Great little story by the way – a lot of emotion packed into a short amount of space!


    • Old Things R New January 6, 2014 at 10:15 am #

      Thanks, Elyse. It’ amazing how much we can learn about life if we are open to learning. Who knew a children’s program would seal an important truth into my life?


  7. Old Things R New January 4, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    I did accept it as a precious compliment. Thank you.


  8. timelessitaly January 4, 2014 at 1:07 am #

    Nice recap of a memorable event. Thank you for sharing an important thought…many hands make light work!


    • oldthingsrnew January 4, 2014 at 10:06 am #

      At my previous job we did an elaborate exercies making paper airplanes to illustrate that timeless principle.


      • timelessitaly January 4, 2014 at 11:02 am #

        Great idea…i’m sure it made grasping the concept much easier!


  9. itsrebekahlyn January 2, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    I remember the song, but I can’t for the life of me remember who said the line.


  10. Louise Gib son January 2, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Brief, poignant,vision of hope. You captured it all, Alta. No appetizer, no dessert..just the main course! Great job!


    • oldthingsrnew January 2, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

      Thank you Mrs, Gibson. I don’t seem to be able to write an appetizer or dessert. I appreciate this comment as well as all the other ones you write.


      • Louise Gib son January 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

        Alta, dear one, I do hope you accepted my comment as a compliment…it was meant to be. It is an art to condense your message so briefly. A powerhouse!


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