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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sewing (02/22/07)

By Paul Potenza



I can't button my only suit jacket.

It lost it's top tooth about a month ago and I just can't seem to walk around in it with only the bottom button buttoned. To ME that's kind of like walking around in a tuxedo with your fly unzipped. It just smacks of a lack of breeding. It reminds me of something a friend of mine once said to me after I had committed a terrible social "faux pas". He said "Pauly, you are like a teacher out of school...You have NO CLASS."

The thing is that I seem to have a deficiency in my makeup which will NOT allow me the dexterity to properly reattach buttons. Same goes for stitching rips, tears or loose hems. Did you know (I'm not particularly PROUD of this) that for the past three months, I have been walking around in a pair of dress trousers that have been scotch taped at the inside hem of the leg? It's TRUE!!! I considered STAPLING them but the little silver staples showed through, so I abandoned THAT idea.

I SHOULD be able to do this sort of thing. I was in the Marine Corps and we actually had lessons wherein we would learn to kill people followed by lessons on how to mend our torn clothing. (There's a lesson in THERE too, but I'll save it for another day.)

Jesus had some things to say about this particular subject. He talked about sewing new cloth onto old.

In a few weeks we are going to have a calander event that celebrates the life - death - burial and resurrection of Jesus.

We call it "Easter".

At precisely the point that He died...The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom and Satan's hand was never able to sew it up again. I don't know about the seamstresses of the world, but for the rest of us, that's great news. I LIKE a rip that can't be fixed. I like a departure from which there is NO coming back. It says to me that things WERE one way but now they're THIS way.

And I'll walk around in my taped trousers and unbuttoned suit jacket and think about all this. And I'll smile softly to myself and say...

SEW what?

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cindy yarger03/01/07
Wonderfully done! Lots of fun in here. Great job!
Jacquelyn Horne03/01/07
Cute. Good angle on sewing.
Marilyn Klunder03/03/07
This made me smile when I read it. Love the analogy. Great job!
Sharlyn Guthrie03/07/07
This is fun and cleverly written, from the title to the last two words. Your brevity is refreshing, as well.
Marilee Alvey03/07/07
This was very cute and cleverly done. I liked the refreshing candor about walking around with a taped hem. The best part was learning how to kill people, then learning how to mend torn uniforms. Ironic. (Oh, one thing that's easy to remember: the period goes inside the quotation marks, not outside.) Keep up the good work!
Carolyn Baney03/08/07
Wow! Paula, I loved it. A wonderful, humorous story followed with an excellent message. It's refreshing. I've read so much on this website that is well written, but it lacks a point...a message that makes Christians think and grow. This has all that and more. Congratulations!
Carolyn Baney03/08/07
Sorry about the "a" above... a typing error that turned you into a female. Talking about "faux pas"!
Angela M. Baker-Bridge03/08/07
Such a guy thing! My sons do the same until they can bring things to me. You told it well and I loved the Biblical principle. Congrats on First Place!!
Marilyn Schnepp 03/08/07
I told you so. Now, perhaps you'll believe me when the rest of the world "tells you so". You're good! And I've never faltered from my opinion. More! More! More! Don't stop now!
Peter Potenza03/24/08
Another Home Run...Vicious shot, right over the center field fence...