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All For One, One For All

Story ID:3235
Written by:Nancy J. Kopp (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:OurEcho Community
Location:Manhattan KS USA
Year:2007
Person:Kathe Campbell and Maria Harden
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All For One, One For All

All For One, One For All

All For One, One For All

All For One, and One For All

Many of you have read my story relating how Kathe Campbell, Maria Harden, and I became adopted sisters. (Story ID 1071 “Wish Upon A Star”) Awhile back, the three of us decided to enter a poetry contest at 2TheHeart.com. Poetry is not something any one of us writes on a regular basis, but occasionally we come up with a middling good poem. I was the one who nudged the other two. Maybe “challenged” is a better word. So, one by one, we sent in our poems and settled down to wait. The winning poems were to be announced on November 19th, then delayed until the 21st, only to be delayed once again until the 26th. Frustrating? You bet!

Finally, the e-mail announcing the winners arrived. The editor wrote that she’d received over 1,000 entries. I wondered if we could be lucky enough to have at least one of us place in the contest. Imagine my surprise and elation when I scanned the list of winners and found all three of our names listed. Not only listed, but one of us was the First Place winner. Kathe Campbell captured that prize with a poem titled “Until Someday.” Maria Harden’s poem, “The Insect Ball” was named in the Honorable Mention category, and my poem “A Journey For Our Friend” also received an Honorable Mention.

If we three lived in the same town, we’d go out for a great celebration lunch and toast each other’s success. But we are scattered hundreds of miles apart. Even so, the computer world affords us daily contact, allows us hugs that float through cyberspace to show our happiness for one another and sometimes to comfort when needed. Today, it’s hugs of joy we send one another, for we’ve met our goal in this poetry contest. Yes, we’re like those Three Musketeers whose motto was “All for one, and one for all.”

Note: Watch for our winning poems to be posted at OurEcho very soon.

Photo 1 Nancy Kopp

Photo 2 Maria Harden

Photo 3 Kathe Campbell