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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sunday School (10/25/07)

TITLE: Aunt Sally
By Amy Kuncaitis
10/31/07


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Aunt Sally

Oh, how I looked forward to Sunday school class each week! I must admit, at age five it was not the Bible lesson that I learned each week nor was it the little songs I sang that made my heart leap (although I liked both of those) rather, it was my teacher, ‘Aunt Sally’.

Aunt Sally was a faithful angel to each of us children. Each and every Sunday morning at 8:45am without fail, Aunt Sally would be standing at the door of our Sunday school classroom ready to greet each one of us as we entered the classroom. She would softly touch each one with a gentle hug, a kind smile and an encouraging word. She made each one of us feel special, valued, loved, and accepted. Her eyes were kind and reflected Jesus’ love before she even said a word. Each and every week I looked forward to her eyes meeting mine.

Every week the room would be filled the chatter of children as each of us would scurry to find a seat. Aunt Sally would stand in the front of the classroom trying desperately to gain the attention of fourteen five and six year olds.

“Class…class….class…please look up here…class…” This older, grey haired, sweet teacher would plead desperately to get our attention. She would then brake out with a last desperate approach. Still, with a calm, gentle voice she said:

“I’ve got candy for anyone who listens and sits quietly today”. Instantly, ‘Aunt Sally’ had our undivided attention.

I remember distinctly Aunt Sally’s kind, gentle voice leading us each week in songs like “Onward Christian Soldier”, “Heavenly Sunshine”, and “Jesus loves the little Children”. She would always end the last song with “Yes He does love you kids, yes He does”. Once again Aunt Sally gave us that assurance that we were loved, cherished and valued not only by her but by Jesus.

I held onto those words that Aunt Sally spoke to me each Sunday. I carried those words in my heart throughout the week until the next Sunday when I could once again meet with Aunt Sally for Sunday school.


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Jan Ackerson 11/01/07
What a wonderful tribute to Aunt Sally! I suspect there are thousands and thousands like her, touching young lives.
Donna New11/03/07
Aunt Sally is probably part of the reason you are who you are today. She sounds precious.
Betty Castleberry11/04/07
I, too, had an Aunt Sally (except her name was Gladys) at my church when I was a kid. Thanks for stirring some precious memories for me. Nicely done.
Laury Hubrich 11/05/07
I think we all had an Aunt Sally in our lives! I'm sure she did help to shape you. One thing I noticed, since you said you wanted some helpful comments: I noticed a few repetitious words. I'm trying to watch that in my own writing -- probably why it stood out to me. This is a very good entry. Keep on writing!
Laury
Marita Vandertogt11/05/07
You write well, so you should definitely continue to pursue it. The only comment I have is the one already mentioned, some words are repetitious which is a little distracting. But definitely keep writing!
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/07/07
I like especially how you showed Aunt Sally's love through her actions and words. Just a suggestion--If you'll read your story aloud, you'll catch the repetition of words.
Patty Wysong11/07/07
Thank God for the Aunt Sally's who have taught Sunday school throughout the years!! A very nice tribute to those faithful believers.
Sheri Gordon11/07/07
Very sweet story -- the candy part made me smile.

Your writing is good, and I would have liked to see this expanded a little. Maybe with a few more specific memories or stories.

Nice job.