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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)

TITLE: The Seat is Taken
By Teresa Collins


I woke to the rumbling of thunder, I peeked through the blinds to see the gentle rain. The skies were gray but my heart was bright and sunny.

I began to sing praises as I did every morning.

I was busy with the morning routine when the phone rang.

“Good Morning”! I said cheerfully.

“Where do you want to meet”? My sister asked.

“You go in and get a seat and I’ll meet you there”, I answered.

“I’ll see you soon”! she said as she hung up.

I was looking forward to spending time with my sister as we didn’t get the chance to get together very often. We were invited by some friends to visit their church to hear a speaker.

I grabbed my umbrella on the way out the door even though it was just a drizzle.

The traffic seemed to be heavier than usual, I sang praises with the radio, it helped distract me from the rush.

I pulled into the parking lot as the light rain started again making it necessary to use the wipers.

Wow, this church is bigger than I remembered, I thought.

I glanced at my watch and could see the time slipping away from me. I managed to find a place to park a little distance from the entrance, I grabbed my umbrella, bible and purse.

When I got to the sanctuary I looked over the sea of people in hopes I could spot my sister and friends. Finally, I saw a hand waving way down front in the middle of a long pew.

When I got to the pew I stood a moment and thought, Do I face people or put my back to them as I squeeze by? If I face them at least I could have a little conversation with them on my way through to ease the interruption, I mused.

That didn‘t seem like it would work so I put my back to them and started my journey with, “I‘m sorry“!

Some people would stand and others would stay seated as I squeezed and navigated, my hands were full and it was tight.

Almost there, I thought as I glanced to see how much further I had to go.

Every so many feet there was a bracket on the bottom of the pew that protruded out which I had been successful at going around, until now.

Suddenly it was if my top half was eager to go from my momentum but the bottom came to a stop as my feet got tangled up.

It happened so fast.
I can remember thinking, Oh No, I’m going down.
I went down and my umbrella, bible and purse went up.

I sat on the mans lap right behind me and I heard him say quietly, “This seat is taken”.
“I’m Sorry”, I whispered.
My bible hit the head of the man in front of me and the umbrella went one way and purse went another.

It seemed like it all happened in slow motion. As I recovered and gathered everything I continued to my seat. I was red faced and embarrassed, my sister chuckled and asked me if I was okay.
“Yes“, I replied and had a little chuckle myself.

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Martha Ford07/26/07
Brought back memories. Beautifully written, describing the situation perfectly. Congratulations!
Dee Yoder 07/27/07
It's always in front of a full congregation when these things happen! Funny and cute story.
Christine Rhee07/29/07
Catchy title....funny story :)
c clemons07/29/07
Been there, done that. It's always funny later but at the time soooo embarassing. Good job.
Janice Cartwright08/01/07
Loved your easy style and story was really cute. My grandmother sat in a man's lap once at the movie theater. He told her the obvious, "Lady you're sitting in my lap!" She replied, "I know it. I can't get up~"