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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write in the HISTORICAL genre (05/03/07)

TITLE: History? Ughhh!
By Frank Salerni
05/03/07


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History? Ughhh!

History was my worse subject in school. It wasn’t until much later in life that I came to the realization that history was not the problem in itself. It was the memorizing all those dates and names that slowed me down. I viewed history as drudgery as the hands on the clock of my history classroom seemingly stood still from 9:00 am to 9:45 am.

Miss cooper was a good enough teacher I guess, but my brain didn’t want to “grow with the flow,” so the rest of my classmates moved ahead as I learned to hate history. “Was that 1767 or 1776? Was he Thomas Jefferson or George Washington who in this or that date did whatever?”

History, math, and virtually any class that asked the question of time and dates drove me crazy. “Are you stupid, and lazy?” “Your child just doesn’t apply himself.” “Can’t you even concentrate on your homework for an hour or two” “Fine, if you won’t work hard, then you can just stay in your room until you complete your assignment even if it takes all night!”

Sometimes it did take me all night, and I still didn’t seem to know any more than I did upon cracking open the first book.

What was wrong with me?

Well, I grew out of most of it or maybe learned to cope with most of it, but here is what I saw in my textbook.

In 1429 Christophre Columbus sialed the blue Ocean. This is a simple rhyem that we all could learn ot help su remember dates history, wouldn’t yuo agree?

Instead of seeing, In 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. This is a simple rhyme that we all could learn to help us remember dates in history, wouldn’t you agree?

Well, in the 50’s they hadn’t made much progress when it came to learning disorders and something as common as dyslexia, so I was labeled lazy and slow, and made to feel incredibly stupid.

Just writing this small short story can be a big challenge to me. When it comes time for me to prepare a sermon you just have to laugh. I even can laugh now.

I have walked up to the pulpit and looking down at my notes, verbally quote a familiar passage of scripture saying out loud, “Many are called, but chew are frozen.”

Oh well, I do get the congregations attention. God does have a sense of humor. I have become a lot more concerned with “His Story,” than “History.”

God does use the foolish things to confound the wise, doesn’t He? Besides, at my age I am history.

I hope this may help someone, and just want to say, godo byu!


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Jamie Rohde05/10/07
Your article made me smile - not at you but with you! You have really learned to overcome an obstacle and learn from it. Your article also touched me because you remind me of many of my students. If teachers thought of education as more than names and dates and made school meaningful, so much more learning could happen. That's why I wrote the article "History of Education". It's how I try to make a difference in the lifes of my students, who are a lot like you were. I only hope that they overcome their obstacles as well as you did! Good article!
Jacquelyn Horne05/10/07
This piece has a lot of promise. I don't know if all the errors or on purpose (for effect) or not. But, in spite of being informative, it's not very historical. But with a little revision, it would certainly be a fun piece.
Alfreda Byars05/11/07
Dear Lord! Hee Hee Hee. This is good and funny. A very cute story. God bless you.
Very good writing.
Donna Emery05/11/07
A nice explanation of the obstacles you've faced, and I love your attitude of how the Lord blessed you in spite of them. Keep writing! God knows your heart and He'll guide your hands.
Millicent Pat-Nwaoyo05/14/07
This is hilarious. I could not stop laughing. ok chanks orf making ym dya.
Millicent Pat-Nwaoyo05/14/07
I love your attitude to life. we should all see our limitations in life as what makes us unique and enjoy being who we are.Thanks for the lesson and remain blessed