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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Grandparent(s) (04/03/08)

TITLE: Grandparents (ii)
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04/09/08


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Every fortnight my father drove west of the city to see his parents, my grandparents. It was Sunday, the traditional roast. Greetings of superficial kisses and hugs turned into silence and rejection. The dominance of the brown furniture, the old patterned carpet held my attention more than the people in the room, faces filled with rage, bitterness and resentment.

Books were my salvation; old copies of Readers Digest strewn around the bookcase mostly ignored, except when I read the section ‘Laughter is the best medicine’. There was little of this. Sarcastic remarks towards one another, a family record.

‘Survive the Savage Sea’. The title stayed with me more than the autobiography of the lives of those who survived their ordeal at sea, when their boat was stuck by a whale. This turned out to be a very prophetic
for the years of misery that lay ahead of my life.

‘Born Free’. The most wonderful film I ever saw with my grandma; one of many during the holidays. This too turned out to be prophetic.
I’m free in Jesus.

New mornings, new life, birds singing. The month of May approaches, my grandma’s name and also my wedding anniversary. Love conquers all. Restoration from the years the locusts have eaten.


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Sara Harricharan 04/10/08
Wow. Short and very deep. There seems to be a great deal of emotion packed into this piece, especially with the line about locusts.
Thanks for sharing this! ^_^
Joshua Janoski04/12/08
I sensed a lot of hurt in this, but I also sensed hope. I appreciate you stepping out and sharing your personal memories. You are right. In Jesus Christ, we are free.

Thanks for sharing.