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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Accent (02/21/13)

TITLE: The Accent
By Connie K Cameron
02/26/13


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As the five of us kids stood by the door, ready for the once over, my mom said “Put your whale on your head and let’s go.” I was only five so I did as she asked and we were out the door to church.

Growing up with a mother that was born and raised in Germany was interesting. We washed vindows on Saturdays; cleaning day, and on Sunday mornings we all put our veils or as my mom called them, whales on our heads for Church.

I really didn’t know any different at that age. It wasn’t until I got into school that I started to see the differences.

The next difference that I noticed was the cooking. I was invited for dinner at my best friend, Carol’s house and I was happy to hear that we were having burritos. But when we were all served and everyone dug in, I was a bit surprised. You see, I was used to a flour tortilla, so they looked the same but when I bit in, the taste was not bad, just different. My mom filled our burritos with pork and beans and velveta cheese, quite a different flavor.

My mother got used to living in the United States and over the years her speech and her cooking improved. One day recently, my mother and I were walking in the park and she started a conversation with another lady. This lady asked if my mom was from Germany. My mom said yes, with a puzzled look on her face. After the woman left, my mom looked wide eyed at me and asked, “How did she know I was from Germany?”

“Your accent,” I said.

“I still have an accent?”

“yes Mom, you do, it’s only been about 60 years since you have been in the United States!”


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Judith Gayle Smith03/03/13
Charming! Delightful! What are you doing in Beginners?

Loving you in through and because of Jesus, the Christ . . .

Have you "thrown a brick"?
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CD Swanson 03/05/13
This made me smile. What a wonderful job you did with the topic on this well written piece. Great job.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/07/13
I enjoyed this and love your sense of humor. The whale on your head drew me in and had me eager to keep reading. In fact I think that might have been a great title. This week a lot of stories will have the word accent in the title, but a Whale on My Head? That would draw people in for sure. You did a great job of this. I totally enjoyed it.