He couldn’t afford a real home. But he did have rich black soil, and a door, gifted from a stranger with midnight-blue eyes.

By day he planted an orchard. By night he slept beside the magnificent door.
He was content. Owning one thing of beauty was enough.

One morning, four sturdy walls appeared. A roof, a hearth, the first blossoms.
He called out, in gratitude and celebration, “Dear stranger, come! There is room enough for two.”

By day, they pick apples. By night, beneath midnight-blue skies, they fashion a door for the next gifting.

Enough, and more than enough.

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5 months ago

A lovely tale combining realism with some gentle magic. Inspiring and comforting.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
6 months ago

This is a beautiful story with a great message. How amazing that although your protagonist had very little, he/she was happy to share with the next person and to pay it forward.

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Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
6 months ago
Reply to  Julie Harris

It is amazing how an image can inspire a story and how certain images will never leave you. I absolutely love your story.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
6 months ago

This is a very inspiring story, that even though the protagonist had little, he/she is content with all he/she had and willing to share it with other people. “Enough, and more than enough” – this phrase resonated with me, and I love it so much.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
5 months ago
Reply to  Julie Harris

Yes, you are right Julie, You’re most welcome.

Danielle Burke
Danielle Burke (@danielle-burke)
6 months ago

I love the combination of the fantastical story with a solid theme.

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
6 months ago

I love the philosophy behind the thought that by feeling gratitude for the little you have, more will be given. Also, that it’s important to give when/as you have received. Great writing!

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
6 months ago

Isn’t it amazing how something catches our imagination, and can lay there seemingly for ages, just waiting to germinate. Well written Julie.

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi (@katy-bizi)
6 months ago

What a lovely idea, Julie! I hope to see more stories of yours!

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Katy Bizi
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6 months ago
Reply to  Julie Harris

That is really great to hear. I’ll look forward to them!

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
5 months ago

Congratulations Julie, an interesting tale.

Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson (@susan-dawson)
5 months ago

Congratulations. This is a real parable of a story. It is abut honest labour too. They don’t just sit behind their doors, they work the soil.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
5 months ago

Congratulation Julie, well deserved.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
5 months ago

Congratulations, Julie! This was truly inspirational and beautifully told.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
5 months ago

Congratulations Julie, this is a truly inspiring story.

Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock (@daisy-blacklock)
4 months ago

This is a beautiful story. The repetition of the words ‘midnight-blue’ ties your story together really well. I also love the last line.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
2 months ago

Congratulations on your win, Julie.

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