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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Importance of Being Earnest (not about the play) (08/04/11)

TITLE: Sally's Bad Decision
By Ken Ebright


After a long week at work, the last thing I wanted to hear was a disturbing voice message on a Friday.

The message was from my sister Sally; she told me she broke up with Nathan and is going to marry Joel. I love Sally and her two teenage kids, Pete and Mcaela. She was on her third marriage and I was concerned that she was destroying her life. It was 9 o'clock at night I would call Mikayla tomorrow.

Lying in bed I thought about how much fun I had with the kids when they were little. I loved reading to them and taking them swimming.

My thoughts turned sad as I tossed and turned and could not believe what had transpired. I remembered shortly after Sally divorced her first husband George (the kids' natural father). I would pick the kids up from daycare and when I put them to bed that night. Mikayla cried and wished that her mom and dad were back together.

It was two in the morning; I still couldn't sleep. I decided to get up and go into the living room and I sit on the couch. With the lights turned out, I thought of the argument I had with my sister. I tried to tell her the truth about her behavior, but she just didn't want to listen. She wouldn’t speak to me for about a month. The more I though about talking to her, the more perplexed I became. The thing that made me more perplexed was how could I talk to her about this

I finally went back to bed and actually slept. I then felt the sun shining on my face, and turned my head and looked at my alarm clock. It was 10 am; I sat there for another 15 minutes I did not want to call

Finally, I got up and called, "Hello," said the voice on the phone.

"Mikayla, this is your uncle Ken. I'm sure you heard about your mom. I'm upset about your mom; I think she is destroying her life."

"Yeah….I know."

"Your mom has never dealt with the bitterness she has had toward your grandma. She thinks she can get love from another man that she didn’t get from her mom. She will keep going through guys until she deals with her bitterness. It makes me sad that there has been so many men in and out of both of your lives. You have suffered for her mistakes."

Mikayla sighed, "I know what you're talking about, she needs to get over it. I am glad to know how much you care about me and Pete."

"I'm your uncle I love you and your mom very much. I have talked to her about her problems before. I don't know how to tell her. She does not want to listen to the truth. The last time I talked to her she got really mad at me. I want to talk to her, but I don’t know what to say."

"Uncle Ken, the only thing you can do is pray. She has to learn on her own."

"Maybe you’re right. You're very special to me, I love you. Thanks for your advice."

"I love you too, thanks for being a good uncle."

"I will talk to you later, bye."

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Helen Curtis08/12/11
It can be very hard to watch friends and family make poor life choices. In these times, prayer is our only option, and we must seek God earnestly on their behalf. Well done.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/13/11
This is a great story that shows often when a parent isn't there that the kids will go looking for love in all the wrong places.

Make sure you triple check your work. You spelled Mikayla a couple of ways and had a few minor typos sprinkled around.

Mikayla is lucky she had a strong male role model like her uncle in her life or she may have repeated her mom;s mistakes. Great message.
Andrea Willard08/14/11
Sally's brother Ken's love for his sister shines like the Son. His introspection into the whole situation reflects your insight and knowledge of human needs. Keep writing.
marcella franseen08/16/11
I love that Mikayla tells her uncle to pray. A wise girl. Good story!
Janice Fitzpatrick08/17/11
Very heartbreaking as so many of us in life have made some poor choices in relationships but God can heal and turn around situations if we let Him. Niely done-my heart went out the the kids and I felt sad for the mom as she was crying out inside but just couldn't face her demons. There's a 10 week class I encourage people to take if there is one held in their vicinity-we have it run every few months at church. It's called Bridging the Gap-and though difficult sometimes-it's a blessing and healing tool that reaches out to the hurting. The material they teach, helps us recognize what has happened to us as children, learn to forgive and heal from our past. It's one class that needs repeating as the hurt in each of us often runs deep and needs re-adressing. Well done!