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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)

By Clarissa Barge


I consider myself to be a great aunt;I'm caring, loving, compassionate and fun. I have two beautiful young nieces that I adore and keep during after hours at school. I have no kids of my own, so caring for them is a real treat. I would pick them up from school and we'd go home to cook a snack, or go the the park or visiting. Stephinie and Karla would get so excitedd I really don't know if it was me or just the way kids are, nevertheless, they enjoyed whatever I had planned for the afternoon.

I often taught them things along the way to our destination; some instructions about life, things to watch out for and things they should or should not do. One day I decided to take them visiting their aunt Kathy and her new baby girl. This particular day I was giving instructions on how to handle a situation of they should come face to face with a dog. I instructed them to never act scared because dogs could smell fear; be very firm when you tell the dog to "Scat", don't move if they come close to sniff you out and most of all, I said, never, never, ever run. They seemed to get the message, so I was real proud of myself.

We arrived at our destination-aunt Kathy's house. I had to park my car about six houses down. I brought to their attention as we got out of the car of how neat and pretty everyone kept their lawns, and the many beautiful flowers in their garden's.

We were admiring the beauty of the neighborhood when I heard a dog bark. Most of the neighbors kept their dogs tied, or chained up in the backyard but for some odd reason on this day, there came from the side gate a big ugly, shaggy, evil eyed dog. It was loose and headed straight for us. Well, to say the least, the barking and the showing of teeth just frightened the hash out of us.

The girls froze in their tracks; and me? well, I did the opposite - I ran like a scaredd rabbit screaming and yelling for someone to help us before that dog eat us up. Yep, I did the "Panic" thing right before my little precious nieces' eyes. I didn't know screaming took so much strength and effort. What happened next was shameful.

I ran about a third of a block abandoning my nieces to save my own skin. Wouldn't you know all my pep talk went down the drain in an instant as I jumped on the hood of a car parked in a driveway just a few doors down from aunt Kathy's. As I kinds gathered myself I realized my nieces were in trouble so the best I could do for them was yell, "Run, run kids run. Come over here, hurry!"

The dog kept barking and coming closer but strangely not attacking them, so I continued yelling anyway, "Jump on the care with auntie," as I grabbed and yanked them to safety. Just then the owner came dashing out to see what all the commotion was about as he said, "Oh, don't worry, he's all bark and no bite." In our defense, I yelled back, "Tell that to your Mama sucker!"

My nieces were laughing their little heads off as we got down off whoever's car hood. We stood shaking in our shoes as they continued to laugh. I was totally embarrassed and to this day, they look at me a little different now and I feel I've let them down somehow.

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Clarissa Barge07/26/07
READERS: Please excuse my type-O mistakes. I'll be more careful, I was in a hurry to get this in. Thanks. The writer of this article.
Dee Yoder 07/28/07
Your story is interesting and fun to read. I'm sure your nieces will remember your instructions, and maybe your actions will help them to know what NOT to do!