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

TITLE: The Perfect Squelch
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02/28/07


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Grandma Bain, God rest her soul, was the sweetest grandmother a child could have. She baked cookies that would melt in your mouth, told stories that kept you glued to your seat, and the summer I turned thirteen - I lucked out!

"Lucked out?"

Yes, because I got to spend one whole month that summer with my Grandma Bain in Philadelphia, Pa.

The week I arrived at Grandmas, an aristocratic lady from Boston had just moved in next door, and Grandma and I heard constantly about her family tree - which of her ancestors was related to Myles Standish, where the Adams line came in, what great-great-grandparents she had in common with Paul Revere, and on and on.

Grandma stood it for only a short time. Then she began matching our colonial Pennsylvania forebearers with her Bostonian neighbor, ancestor for ancestor.

The Boston lady was still a couple of early governors ahead when Grandma decided to play her trump card. "We," she announced proudly, "are related to Betsy Ross."

"Betsy Ross?" the Boston lady said. "Betsy Ross? Oh, yes, of course, the little Philadelphia seamstress."

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Duh! Betsy Ross, the lady that sewed the First American Flag in 1776, our Stars and Stripes in red, white and blue ....and that's all she could say?

I've never forgotten it.


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Jacquelyn Horne03/02/07
Sounds like a lot of fun watching your grandma and neighbor match tales.
Joanney Uthe03/08/07
What a cute story, told in a fun way. Good job.