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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Grandparent(s) (04/03/08)

TITLE: Nanna
By Shelley Arnett


Marissa was in her comfort zone. One ear was pressed to her phone while the blinking lights reminded her that two more calls were on hold. Her days were filled with deadlines and decisions. Her determination and drive had earned her this job and this corner office-- the one with the best views in the city. She not only was the first female vice president in the corporation- but also the youngest. And she had every intention of seeing her name on the door of the president’s office. Nothing was going to stop Marissa from reaching her goals.

But the next call brought all goals for the day to a screeching halt. On the line was an official and commanding voice.

“There’s been an accident,” he explained. “We have your grandmother here and she wants you to come right away.”

Marissa’s assistant looked up from the computer screen just long enough to see her running down the hallway and into the stairwell.

“I’ve probably scared her to death,” Marissa thought. “I’ll have to call her from the cab and explain.”

The cab brought her to the building she had passed a million times. But never in a million years did she dream she would have to be here today-- especially to visit her grandmother. Everything about the place scared her. The unfamiliar sounds, smells, and sights attacked her senses more with every step. She had to find someone in a uniform- someone in charge- and find her grandmother.

She was led to a room at the end of the hall. There was her grandmother-- looking so small and out of place.

“Nanna! Are you alright?”

“Oh- I’m just fine, dear! Thanks for coming!”

“She refused to let us take her to the hospital,” the officer explained. “So—we brought her here to the station so she could file a report. It seems that the suspect tried to take your grandmother’s purse. He didn’t get away with the purse, but she gave him quite the beating with her cane to remember her by.”

Marissa smiled as she remembered that day with her Nanna. Could it be that ten years had passed? It was the day that changed her life. She always knew she’d gotten her courage, drive, and determination from Nanna. But that was the day she realized that she wanted to pass it on. Now her days are still as busy as ever with phone calls and decisions. And as she looks at her children- she knows she has the best view in the city.

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Marie Hearty 04/10/08
An unsuspected ending- Great!
Patrick Whalen04/10/08
There's nothing like learning from a real role model!

One comment: "But the next call..." Removing "but" would add a little energy to the sentence.
Patty Wysong04/10/08
LoL--I LOVE it!! Way to go, Nana!!
Mandy White04/11/08
Great job. Nanna reminds me of my mom who had a similar experience with a purse snatcher! Enjoyed it very much.
c clemons04/12/08
Good job!
Joshua Janoski04/12/08
Nice ending! You sure surprised me. I was worried about Nanna at first, but it sounds like the woman can hold her own against street thugs. :)

Thank you for sharing this. I enjoyed it.
Phyllis Inniss04/14/08
What a legacy your grandmother left you. I was happy that the accident didn't leave her with broken bones, only with the same determination that she passed on to her executive granddaughter.
Joanne Sher 04/18/08
Congratulations, Shelley, on placing 13th in your level with this piece. Great work!