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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Shopping (03/01/07)

TITLE: Pink Sweater of Love
By Amy Michelle Wiley


Dear Sweetheart,
I picked out a little pink sweater for you today, honey. It has lace around the throat and sleeves. If only I could see you in it right now, all dolled up. I stood there in the store and got lost in thought for a while. I could picture you running around, playing with the stuffed bunnies on the shelves. Somehow I always picture you with a bunny rabbit. Long fluffy ears are good for catching tears. I hope you wonít have much sorrow in your life, though. Bunnies are good for just being friends, too.

I could picture you in each of the little dresses hanging on the racks. You swirled in a happy dance when you saw the red one covered with little hearts, and giggled when I told you I loved you for each heart on that dress. Next I found a purple jumper with little green froggies. I wonder if youíll be a tomboy who likes the mud?

The shoppers must have wondered about me, as I touched all the clothes and cried, but I think the young lady who worked there sensed my need to be left alone. Maybe she was a Christian too. I could almost feel her prayers for me.

I left the store with reluctance, buying only the one little sweater. Somehow being surrounded by baby and toddler things makes you seem more real to me. I drove with the sweater in my lap, and could almost hear you singing along with the Veggie Tales CD.

When I arrived at the Crisis Pregnancy Center I allowed myself to sit in the car for a few minutes. I took my time cutting the price tag off the sleeve with my nail clippers. I pictured your little nails, polished pink to match the cotton yarn.

The kind receptionist inside the Center looked up with recognition when I entered. She didnít say much, but gave me a tight hug, like she does each year I come in. Her hands were soft as she took the sweater, and her eyes said what her voice couldnít.

I hope she knows I donít wallow in the past. This one afternoon each year is my special time with you, when I let myself think of what it might have been like to have you in my life for a little longer, to be the one who cheered when you took your first step, the one you turned to when you fell.

Deep in my heart I know you understand why we arenít together. Your Christian family will have taught you that, will have told you that it was because I love you more than I love myself. I wanted to keep you. Wanted you so badly it ripped my very heart out when I let you go. But I was bigger than my own wants, by Godís grace. I knew you needed a daddy, and a family that could give you so much more than this hurting new Christian who was still a child herself.

I hope the memory gift I gave the Center will go to a child who will be as blessed as you. I pray the parents of that little girl will be strong enough to do the best thing, whether that be to keep her or let her go to another.

Itís been six years now, darling. Know that I love you with all my heart, and that I pray for you every day. I thank God for your family who keeps you safe and strong for me. Someday in heaven weíll meet, and Iíll give you all the hugs Iíve held in my heart these many years.

Happy Birthday, my love,
Your Mommy

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Allison Egley 03/08/07
Oh, this is so sad. But I like it! I like how you left the details out until the end, letting the reader wonder, but then answering the questions too. Great job at capturing the mom's emotions.
Leigh MacKelvey03/10/07
Some may find this a "dark story", but I find it a story of "Light." An unselfish woman who gave up something she wanted to keep( sacrificed) for another.
Beautifully written and certainly a "real life" story to many more Christian women than we know. God is good. And sometimes, the Christian life isn't always happy and perfect.The Bible has so many "dark" stories, doesn't it? A story that needed to be told, my friend.
Marilee Alvey03/10/07
This was a touching, moving story with a wonderful message. I like what Leigh said. We don't always get happy endings, being Christians. I was so afraid, for awhile, that this baby had been aborted. Good for her. She did the right thing instead of sweeping that baby away as if she never existed. Good work. Great story.
Betty Castleberry03/10/07
This is very touching. You make the reader feel this mother's pain. Excellent.
Janice Fitzpatrick03/12/07
Wow! Where is the Kleenex when you need it?:0) This is so touching. Your story flowed well with beautiful descriptions and a heartwarming message of selflessness and hope. God bless your gift of writing and keep up the good work. I really like this one.:0)
Jacquelyn Horne03/12/07
I could hardly get through this one. Such a bittersweet story. How often this is the case. Love must be tough, but this cuts the heart out. Good writing.
Jan Ackerson 03/12/07
Okay, I almost never cry, but this one just did me in. Awesome.
Sara Harricharan 03/13/07
This can make you cry. Very well written, I love the emotions woven into this piece. The tears and the touch of the sweater with lace on the neck and cuffs was very realistic. Overall, a beautiful letter. ^_^
Sharlyn Guthrie03/13/07
You clearly showed both the beauty and the pain of the mother's decision. This is a touching entry.
Kate Grey03/14/07
You really captured the emotion--all of it. Good details, too!
Joanne Sher 03/14/07
Absolutely heartwarming. I could so feel this woman's pain. Wonderfully told!
Joanne Malley03/14/07
As a mother of two precious children, this was heartwrenching for me to read. I guess you did your job! Nice work! Blessings, Jo
Catrina Bradley 03/14/07
I'm glad she decided on adoption, I was afraid this story was going to end with her sorry for having an abortion. So that made it a happy ending for me. :) Great job, as usual.
Sandra Petersen 03/15/07
Beautiful, Amy! We have done this type of thing at Christmastime and through Compassion International in memory of Samara Kaye, our little girl who died of SIDS. It helps a little.

You expressed the mother's feelings perfectly. Thanks for sharing this.
Julie Ruspoli03/15/07
You were right about needing a tissue. Great story. Well written.
Jesus Puppy 03/15/07
Such Imagry.. Had me from the start on this one. Great job, and very emotional..
Julie Arduini03/15/07
I loved everything about this from the title to the very end when we learn the truth behind the anniversary. Excellent!
Shari Armstrong 03/15/07
Very touching - nicely done :)