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Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)
TITLE: Granny 911
By Val Clark
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Subject: Miss you
Thanks so much for posting me as soon as you got email. I’m so lonely. Mum and Dad are busy all the time with work. New York is so loud and in your face. I really miss home. And you. And Miffy. I so wish they’d let me stay with you. Love Sharon. BTW if you press F7 on your keyboard the computer will do a spell and grammar check for you. PS Gran911. Cool. My very own Emergency Gran!
Subject: Miss you too
My Darling Sharon,
Thank you so much for the tip about the spell check. I’m on a steep learning curve here, just as you are in NY.
The library staff is very helpful but it took me ages to work out what BTW might mean and then another age to find F7.
You didn’t answer my question about school? How are you settling in?
I take Miffy for a walk along the beach every morning. With our arthritis she and I make a pair.
I won’t bore you with the minutiae of my life except to say that you are always in my prayers. And although we are half a world away from each other we are less than an instant away from the Lord.
Dear Gran, please borrow Uncle Jake’s digital camera and send me some pictures of Miffy. Love Sharon.
Jake is coming for a walk with us tomorrow and will take pictures.
Now, tell me what is wrong with school. And don’t drivel on about the classes and the accent. Something is wrong and I need to know so that I can pray for you.
Oh, Gran, promise me you wont tell mum and dad. There’s this awful girl in my class and her big – I mean BIG – sister is in the next grade. I tried ignoring her comments about my accent and the ‘friendly’ pinch when she walks by and the way she knocks my elbow in art or pushes my stuff off the desk but it doesn’t make any difference. Yesterday and today they cornered me and upended my bag and stole my lunch money and the key teddy you gave me and then after school they followed me home.
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Here are some of the photos, as promised.
Sharon, dear heart. You must tell your mum and dad about the situation at school. I honestly can not promise to keep silent about this. No matter what they threaten you with they are bullies and bullies are cowards. They are picking on someone who is isolated and who does not know how the school system works. For your sake and the sake of other children in the school they must be stopped.
Promise me two things. First that you will pray for these girls. Pray for wisdom and the power to forgive them. Secondly tell your mum and dad. I’ll be calling later tomorrow night. That gives you twenty four hours. If you don’t tell them, I will. I love you too much to let you get hurt. This is bigger than just here and now. I don’t want you to grow up as a victim. You must learn to face the things you fear.
Please Gran, please don’t tell.
I hate you! I don’t ever want to talk to you again. Ever.
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Never forget, Jesus loves you.
As you can imagine Sharon is devastated by your perceived betrayal of her. One minute she’s a vulnerable child and the next she thinks she can conquer the world alone. She can be so strong willed! I know that’s not a bad thing in a kid, she just has to learn what to be stubborn about. *sigh*
Anyway, Mum, Rod and I have transferred money into your account so that you can come and visit us. We think that will be the only way to resolve this with Sharon. Jake has said he’ll take Miffy.
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