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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Mothers (05/02/05)

TITLE: The Ruby Crystal Cup
By Sandra Fischer


It’s funny how a little item can hold so many memories. A small ruby crystal cup with the inscription “Gertrude, 1905” sits on my bookshelf. A common game prize given at small town carnivals, it could be regarded as having little value to anyone. Yet, to me, it is priceless because of its namesake, Gertrude, my mother.
In appearance, mother was not striking, yet her heart was as vibrant as the red on the cup. She worked hard at raising five children, virtually alone, as my father worked away from home. Keeping five of us clothed, fed and disciplined was a full time vocation during the depression era. She kept a garden, sewed clothing for us, raised chickens and rabbits and still had time to read a story or play a game.
While our table held simple fare, she would never turn away a stranger who was passing through and needed a meal. Each fall our garden harvest graced the pantries of elderly widows as mother shared the bounty. Often it came in the form of canned soups and vegetables straight from her kitchen to grace their winter tables.
Our house was constantly in need of repairs, mainly because daddy’s meager wages did not extend that far. Yet, our home was decorated with every kind of seasonal beauty from mother’s flower garden, but most particularly by her loving care.
Many times mother went without things she needed to see that one of my brothers had the scout uniform needed to join a troop or so one of my sisters or myself had a special dress to attend a party. She never begrudged giving.
I marvel still at the capacity my mother had for giving and sharing when, by the world’s standard, she seemingly had so little. That’s why the cup is so precious. It represents the cup of her grace, which was always running over, spilling into our lives love without measure. What a blessing is the overflow of God’s love, which He sent through my mother.

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darlene hight05/09/05
Beautiful tribute wrapped around a ruby crystal cup!
Dixie Phillips05/09/05
Precious memories how they linger. What a great story the day after Mother's Day!
Amy Michelle Wiley 05/09/05
What charming memories. . .
Helga Doermer05/09/05
A well written peice wrapped around the cup symbolizing your mother.
Chris Miller05/09/05
This is a touching tribute. Your mom sounds like a gem.
Cheri Hardaway 05/15/05
Reminds me a bit of my own mom. In a complex world, a life lived simply and well speaks volumes to those who will hear! Blessings, Cheri
Deborah Porter 05/16/05
Hi Sandra. Just a quick note to encourage you and let you know that your entry made it to the semi-finals. That is quite an achievement on such a high competition week. Well done. With love, Deb
Deborah Porter 05/16/05
Whoops - also forget to ask you if you could keep an eye on your entries before you post them, to make sure that you remove your name from the actual body of the work. I had to remove your name from this one. The Challenge is anonymous so that the judges can't be accused of being biased in any way toward their friends. If you can always check that you've removed it from your submissions, that will be a great help. Sometimes the Judges read the entries before I've had a chance to check them. With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)