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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Writing a Letter (handwritten correspondence) (10/21/10)

TITLE: My grandma's letter
By Yinka Oloyede


My grandma’s letter
Recently I just got in touch with my grandma whom I have never seen before. Since then we have been talking on the phone once every 2 weeks.
Just of recent I got the news that her telephone line in the village is out of order and it is going to be like that for a couple of months.
I enjoyed talking to my grandma on the phone, I don’t think I can afford not hearing from her that long.
When I could not take it anymore, I decided to call my sister who lives in a city, 6 hours drive from where our grandma lives. I told her I was missing grandma and I would like to talk to her. She said the only option I had at the moment was postage, so she gave me grandma’s address and I sent her a letter through the post.
I went on my PC and typed a very nice letter to grandma and put it in the mail. After 2 weeks grandma got the mail and was very happy to see my letter in her mail box.
She opened up the letter and wondered what it was, the writing looked weird to her, so she threw it in the waste paper bin.
Weeks went by and I got no reply from Grandma. That was when I decided to take the risk and fly over to see grandma.
I was very happy to be home, the sunshine and nice cool breeze. I stayed with my sister in the city. The next day we drove to our village to see grandma.
Grandma was very happy to see me, but unhappy for not sending her a letter. I told her I did send her a letter, she said she got something from me but did not look like a letter so she threw it away.
I was upset with grandma and asked her where did she put it. It was already in the dumpster outside in the backyard. I went there and ransacked the deep dumpster. After going through a one week filled up paper dumpster, I was able to find the letter I wrote to my grandma.
I brought it back to the house, took it out and showed grandma the lovely letter I wrote with different kinds of fonts and colours.
She looked at it again and asked me “What’s all that? It looks like a messy picture drawn by a 2 year old and I know you do not have any kids”.
I replied “grandma these are just nice writing fonts with beautiful colours, I typed it on a computer, just to make it look nice for you”.
My grandma took one look at me in the eyes and said “Do you know that I’m 84 years old with no proper education and living in a village. How do you expect me to know that?
Girl! Next time you want to write me a letter, write it with your God-given fingers and black ink, okay!
My sister and I burst out laughing at our old aged grandma.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/30/10
This is a great story. It gave me a nice chuckle! I just love Grandmas
Jan Ackerson 10/30/10
Thank you for this glimpse at a culture and a place that are very unfamiliar to me.

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Keep writing--and aren't you thankful for computers?
Bola M. Eyinla10/30/10
Made me laugh. I love your entry. Thanks for it.