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

TITLE: Sewing--A Demonstration of Love
By Mary Sue Smith
02/28/07


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Love is demonstrated in many ways. Even though I seldom heard my mother say “I love you,” sewing for me as a youngster and a young adult was one of the ways that she demonstrated her love for me.
She would get excited about the style of a dress that she had seen in the store window or one that she had seen someone wearing. She would come home, draw her own pattern on a piece of newspaper, cut it out and make me a dress.
She didn’t have much use for “ready-made” dresses. She would examine the seams and the hems and, many times, right in the presence of the clerk she would say, “I can’t believe anyone would buy this poorly made dress.” She took great pride in making her sewing look professional. Even though we couldn’t afford expensive clothing, she made mine look that way.
In my growing up years, there were those special occasion dresses that were needed; and she always met that need with one that I could be proud to wear on any occasion.
A special demonstration of her love for me was expressed late one Christmas Eve. After everyone had gone to bed; she went to the sewing machine and finished making a hound’s-tooth wool skirt that I had put on my Christmas list.
On one occasion after her health began to fail, she said to me, “As you know, I am not going to be around forever and you need to learn to sew for yourself.”
After that, I began to watch her and to listen as she shared her knowledge of this craft that she had learned so well.
Because she demonstrated her love to me through the means of sewing, I learned more than just how to make a dress—I learned to love.


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Allison Egley 03/03/07
I love the sentiment in this story. A full line of space between paragraphs makes things much easier on the reader. Also, this felt a bit short. I would expand this and add more details, or tell of one thing she made you in great detail. Make it more of a story than an essay. Good job overall. Keep writing.
Julie Arduini03/04/07
This was nice, sewing really is a love language. I agree with the above comments, this has a strong start, I'd love to see more. Keep up the nice work!
Jacquelyn Horne03/05/07
What a great sewing lesson. Learning to love.