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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Writing (01/11/07)

TITLE: Nanie, My Inspiration
By D. Phenes
01/15/07


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What is it that stirred me to begin writing? Was it the elementary school teacher that had no faith in this average student? Was it my love for reading and collecting books? Or am I inspired to write for some other reason? Perhaps I may never know the answer to these questions, but I know there is one writer who has given me inspiration and with whom I would love to emulate.


Whether it was her cute little anecdotes or her knowledge of knowing just what to say? Or maybe it was her desire to be a godly example to those who happened to know her? Whatever it was; I was truly impressed with my Nanie. I would love to have someone compare me to her or to have God use me in the same way he used my grandmother to help and encourage those around her.


Nanie, as my grandmother’s was so affectionately called, had such a keen sense of knowing things. When I was going through a troubling situation, Nanie just happened to know to call me. God blessed my grandma with so many amazing talents. Yet she never bragged about them or pushed them on you. As we look back on all her writings, poems and genealogy work; we see her “plain humanness” in what she did. My family laughs that her poems really do not rhyme unless you read them with a New England accent. To me it just makes Nanie more original and special.


When sharing some of my writing accomplishments with my family the other day, I heard my mother say that my grandmother would love to have read my work. There it is! My inspiration for all of my future writings. That all my words would be acceptable in Nanie’s eyes and that I too may be used by God to influence and motivate others. I love and miss you Nanie!


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Donna Emery01/19/07
Such a sweet tribute to your "Nanie". Your love for her shines through this piece, and you painted her character in just a few words. Good work.
Jan Ackerson 01/20/07
What a nice tribute! I'd have like to read one of Nanie's "New England rhyming" poems.
darlene hight01/21/07
I especially liked that her poems don't rhyme unless they are read in a New England accent LOL classic! That is the kind of character details that make for great writing.
Patty Wysong01/23/07
I really enjoyed reading this. Wish I could have known your Nanie. Coming from New England originally, I can easily imagine reading one of her poems and getting it to rhyme!! Good job.
Shirley McClay 03/08/08
Very sweet and inspirational! I would love to see this written as a story where we can see and hear her... try to help us experience instead of just telling us. This lady is well worth it and would make a fun person to read about. And you have the writers knack of seeing the fun and unusual stuff about her!