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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Once in a Blue Moon (01/06/11)

TITLE: So Sorry
By sandra hoolihan


As I drove into the neighborhood, I realized that I had spent thirty minutes at the grocery store for an errand that should have taken five. Who was I kidding? The shopping trip was really just an excuse to be alone. I made a left hand turn onto my street and continued past my house toward the empty lot at the end of the road. I just couldn’t face him.

As I turned my key to switch the engine off, my eyes began to sting. Little pools formed until one warm tear finally pushed through and began its decent. I felt it travel over the hill of my cheek and ski off my chin onto my blouse. The little wet spot it left on my blouse held my attention for a moment, but then I hung my head down over the steering wheel and began to sob.

I began to replay the argument in my mind and wondered how I could have lost control so easily. Sure, he made a mistake, but my reaction was irrational. I should not have allowed myself to lash out with such rage. My emotions got the best of me and now, filled with shame, I am avoiding my own home.

What can I do now? How can I undo what I did? “Please God,” I prayed to myself as tears streamed down my face, “I need your help to decide where to go from here.” Psalm 39:1 came into my mind, “I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue.” and I repeated the words to myself until my sobbing subsided to deep interrupted breaths. As I consider what to do next, I my cell phone rang. It was him.

“I’m sorry.” I said into the phone abruptly. Then with a voice of a pleading child I added “ I should never have lashed out a you.”

“What? “ he answered taken off guard.

“I thought about our argument and you didn’t deserve the reaction I gave you. I wish I could take all the hateful things I said back” I said almost desperately.

“You don’t have to apologize to me. I love you.” he said releasing me of all my guilt. “You seem perfect to me most of the time so if you don’t hit the mark once in a blue moon, I am not going to hold it against you.” He was kind of chuckling as he said it.

With those forgiving words, I shed one more tear of joy. The warmth of tear lingered on my nose as I said a silent prayer of thanks. “I knew there was a reason I loved you so much,” I said. “I’ll be home in a minute.”

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diana kay01/14/11
an interesting and engaging piece thank you. I think if you had made more of where the Blue moon them fitted into this it would have sparkled a little more. :-)
Lillian Rhoades 01/15/11
Your title was a great fit for your short story I emphasize short.:-) It was a no-nonsense, to the point account, and it moved along towards a good conclusion. I noted a few missed punctuations, and inconsistent verb tenses.

A great illustration of what happens when our lives reflect a desire to obey God's word. Thank you.
Bonnie Bowden 01/20/11
It's not so easy to say I'm sorry, especially if you feel angry at the time. Forgiveness is sometimes difficult, but much better in the long run.
Congratulations on your much deservd win.
Kim Hamlin01/21/11
Congratulations! Great job!