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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Blue (10/08/09)

TITLE: Best Hugger Ever
By Ruth Brown


The little light,bought with S&H Green Stamps, shone down on her Bible, Her long, snow white hair was pulled up on top of her head in a tight little knot. Glasses sat on the edge of her nose.

Her head was down as she pondered the Words of Life. Her printed cotton house dress was clean but worn and covered by a handmade bib apron. Her beige cotton stockings were rolled up at the knees by elastic garters and she wore black shoes,with a heel,that laced up the front.

That was the scene that greeted us almost every time we went to Grandma's house.

She'd look up and give us the best smile I have ever seen or ever will see until I get to heaven.
Then big hugs went all around. She was the best 'hugger' ever too.

I know her house was worn and shabby but it glowed bright when she was there.

I've seen the old coal stove glow red with heat but that didn't compare to the warmth of her smile or her sparkling blue eyes.

When my brother was little he slept in a dresser drawer at her house and I got to climb right in bed with my grandma.

I didn't care that she snored or put her teeth in the jar at night or that it was really cold upstairs or that the train whistle blew at the crossing at One A.M.

We lay there talking about Jesus and
how much He loved us. Some times we sang songs about the 'home in Glory Land.'

I knew Grandma missed my grandpa and he was already there in 'Glory Land.'

One time all us cousins were at Grandma's house and the peaches were ripe.

She said, “If you children will pick the peaches and help me peel them, we'll fire up the old wood cook stove and have us a good ole peach cobbler.”

Hmmm my mouth waters still yet. I can smell it baking all sweet and good, with some woodsmoke mixed in.
It was the best thing I have ever put in my mouth to this day.

She was a Godly example to me always,showing me how to love and extend hospitality.

My last visit with her was in the hospital. I hugged her and she hugged me.
I said,”Grandma I want you to get better, I've got the cutest baby boy who needs to meet you. He's got your beautiful blue eyes.”
“ I'd sure like that Ruthie. But I don't know if I'll be going back to the house.
She raised her hand and said, I've already told the good Lord here's my hand I'm ready to go Home.”

Tears trickled down my face as I hugged
her one last time and said,” I love you Grandma,'bye for now.”

Almost forty years have passed since that day.

I long for that next visit in her home

in 'Glory Land away beyond the blue.'

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Philippa Geaney 10/16/09
This is a story from the heart. Your writing reveals a wonan who proved to be an anchor of goodness. The simple pleasures and rituals and the baby in the drawer were so real; so family! Then she cut you free to live your own life by indicating in the sweetest way- 'I'm out of here darling heart, as soon as the Lord comes to get me.'P.S. I hope to meet her one day too. If she is real.
harvestgal Ndaguba10/16/09
Wow, what a touching story. Great story writing. It really kept my attention and brought me into who this great woman was. I'd love to meet her too. She sounds like an awesome woman of God.
Brenda Rice 10/18/09
I really like this story. It touches something deep where my memories of my grandmothers live. So descriptive I actually smelled the peach cobbler cooking and saw your brother in the dresser drawer. That is something I too have experienced in the long ago. Thanks for sharing.
diana kay10/19/09
ahh how lovely . I enjoyed reading this story
Alwine Canning10/19/09
Your story held me from start to finish. You "painted" some beautiful word pictures.

The editor in me wanted to correct a few things & put all the "peach" sentences together in one paragraph. That could have been a formatting issue that didn't translate well in the submission process.
Sarah Elisabeth 10/19/09
This line was such a simple way to put something so wonderful! "We lay there talking about Jesus and how much He loved us."
Loved the descriptions and beauty of the message. Good job!
Marie Fink10/27/09
Your descriptions of your grandma's greetings and her house brought me back to my grandma's house. I aspire to be such a woman in the eyes of my grandchildren one day. Good job.