The Official Writing Challenge
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02/16/07
Such a bittersweet piece, but with a hopefilled ending! The contrast between the sunny, carefree days picking flowers and fashioning "jewelry" and the storm-shattered days searching the rubble for belongings was so strong! There was a great message in your story, too! Thank you! :)
02/17/07
The last part brought me to tears. What a beautiful story of utter dispair, hopeless tragedy - but the writer has found a bright shining ray of hope. Loved it, but so sad. Nicely written,I might add.
02/17/07
Great job describing the tornado. I was right there. I could feel the emotions of both the little girl and the mother, too. This was sad, but ended on a note of hope. Well done.
02/18/07
You've done a good job of expressing an event that, forever after, will separate one part of your life from another: the carefree and the worldworn. We all have those divisions. The innocence before and the reality that follows. Good job.
02/18/07
I can even feel the dandelion chain in my own hand, how I remember them from my days. This story against the backdrop of the storm gives hope. Emotional, descriptive, well done.
02/19/07
Ah yes, dandelion chains! I often weave them for my students in the spring during recess. They are always delighted. Now I have your story to recall when it's dandelion necklace time. Thanks for an inspiring story of hope.
02/19/07
Didn't all little girls weave clover and dandelion chains? Most females will identify with this craft. The story that went with it was heartwarming.
02/20/07
I'd forgotten about those chains! Thank you for giving me back a sweet memory. I understand the wrath of a tornado from living in an area with them and family members being victim to them - so the sadness and then hope you gave really spoke to me. This was very good writing with a wonderful ending!
02/23/07
COMGRATULATIONS!! :)