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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sewing (02/22/07)

TITLE: Sewing, Friendship and Loss


Linda loved sewing! Why, she had been sewing since seventh grade and had made all kinds of garments—from blouses and slacks, to sheets and tablecloths. Her mother still boasted that Linda could do just about anything with her sewing machine.

That’s why when Linda turned away from sewing and withdrew deep into herself, her husband and family knew something was terribly wrong.

“Linda, you’ve got to snap out of this and tell me what has happened. You have let everything go—even your sewing. Please tell me what is wrong?”

Her husband, Ray was worried about her because even in her younger years when she was so stressed from her job at the bank, she never was down this long. “What should I do? He thought.

Ray’s words fell on Linda’s deaf ears. She was so depressed, she couldn’t think of making dinner, much less sewing.

You see, Linda just lost her best friend, one she had been close to for 10 years.

The two women had a disagreement several days ago on a cold day in March over Linda’s upcoming vacation. She and Ray would be going away in April after Easter and Brenda was jealous and anxious of her leaving.

The two were not speaking and soon Linda and Ray would be leaving for their vacation.

Finally Linda began to speak: “Ray, I didn’t want to say anything but Brenda and I had a fight not long ago and now she’s not speaking and is acting like she doesn’t want to be my friend anymore. What should I do? I don’t want to lose her friendship! We’ve been through so much together and we talk most everyday.”

Ray looked solemn; he had never seen his wife so upset. What should he say to her? He thought for awhile and remembered what his brother told him a long time ago about loss and friendship.

“Ray, there is an end to everything in life—friendships, sometimes marriages, school, and life itself. It’s sad and sometimes the pain lasts for a long time but you know Ray, sometimes something good can come from an end of things…Maybe you’ll find a better friend or mate, maybe you’ll have more time to pursue what you want to pursue and maybe you’ll become stronger, so that you can handle even harder things, later.”

"Yes, he thought. 'That’s what I need to tell Linda…"

For days after their talk, Ray tried to talk to his wife about his thoughts, but somehow the words wouldn’t come. Then, one day just three days before leaving for their vacation Linda seemed calmer, more at peace with the loss of her friend.

In the living room after dinner Ray asked, “Linda, you seem better, happier than I’ve ever seen you—even after the loss of your friendship with Brenda. What has happened?”

“Well, I’ve been thinking it over and I’ve come to the conclusion that maybe it’s for the best. After all, Brenda and I have been talking and sharing so much these past years that I haven’t been giving you the attention you deserve and I haven’t been spending enough time with my writing. I’ve been doing some writing these last few days and I think it has potential. But, most of all, I need to spend more time with you! So, you see, less time with Brenda, is more time with you and writing! And, besides, I just found out that Brenda has a new friend and she’s doing just fine.”

Moral of story: Sometimes a change or an end to something or someone can be positive; it can offer opportunities for growth, change, happiness and love.

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Allison Egley 03/03/07
Even though endings can be good things, I really wish she had tried to work it out with her friend. This was definitely thought provoking. To be honest, I had to cringe at the very end. You story was clear enough that the readers could find the moral for themselves. Don't tell us he moral, let us figure it out ourselves. :) This piece has potential. Keep writing.
Julie Arduini03/04/07
This was an interesting story. The title definitely was appropriate with the ending. Keep writing!
Jacquelyn Horne03/05/07
Good pov here. Wrapped up in an interesting story.