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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The USA (01/08/09)

TITLE: Musings of an Immigrant Woman
By Myrna Noyes
01/14/09


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Chill morning mist from the surrounding water and the first rose-streaked rays of the emerging sun caress my face as I stand silently gazing at the awakening metropolis. I never tire of the scene before me. Ever since I arrived in America by ship so many years ago, I have greeted each new day in the same way. Gulls wheel in the brightening sky, squawking their “good-mornings” to me and to each other. Boats toot their horns as a plane rumbles overhead. The view before me is a lively one, and it always appears so fresh and exciting.

My workday begins in just a little while, and I rejoice to say that I believe I have the best job in the world. I was privileged with this position not long after I got off the boat and settled in my picturesque island home not far from the lapping water’s edge. Even though I am of foreign birth, I am now an American from head to toe and am so honored to dwell in my adopted homeland. Where else could an immigrant woman encounter such wondrous possibilities and make such a difference in her sphere of influence? Nowhere! I work in governmental public relations and relish being surrounded with people and activity all day. I am proud to serve the United States of America in my own personal way and will never stop as long as I am allowed the chance.

I continue observing the battalion of buildings marching up and down the city’s skyline and marvel at what man has accomplished. Yes, I’ve seen my share of sad and bad and even terrible things over the years, but there is such a persevering hopefulness here that refuses to be squashed by life’s complexities and vagaries. “God Bless America” is a prayer that has definitely been answered over and over.

The sun grows warmer and brighter, and I know the first of the day’s guests to our visitors’ center will be walking up to the doors soon, but I am ready to greet them. We never lack for tourists, and our guestbook is crowded with names from every state of the union and every corner of the world—some being distinguished dignitaries but most being the hard-working, honest-hearted citizens, who toil in the factories, teach in the schools, minister in the hospitals, build the homes, lay the highways, prepare the meals, work in the offices, farm the land, and manage the businesses that keep this nation moving onward and forward. Their ancestral roots run deep in the soil of every part of this globe and enhance our culture with diverse flavors and customs. I welcome each one of them and appreciate their presence!

Ah! Here comes the first group up the pathway now. I am pleased to see it is made up of grade school children. I exult in their eager curiosity and will do my best to help them understand the freedoms and opportunities we are blessed with in this country. I see myself as one of their teachers, too, with an important lesson to impart while they are under my care. If they do not learn it well, I fear for the future. However, will they listen to an older-generation lady like me, who adheres to what many consider as antiquated values? The world is changing faster than ever. I myself have witnessed an astounding amount of alteration and transformation in my years here. Will they feel that I have something…anything…relevant to share?

Just yesterday, though, a little girl with bouncy blonde pigtails and eyes as blue as the sky, turned back toward me as she was skipping away after a tour with her parents. She waved enthusiastically, shouting with a gap-toothed grin and an endearing lisp, “Good-bye, Mith Liberty!”

I kept a firm grip on the torch in my right hand, holding it steadily aloft in respectful salute.


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Sonya Leigh01/15/09
This was a fantastic piece. Maybe I'm slow, but you had me fooled all the way up to the end...I thought you were going to be a tour guide at Pearl Harbor! lol. Great work.
Jan Ackerson 01/15/09
Woo hoo, definitely my favorite so far!
cindy yarger01/15/09
Delightful. I didn't see it coming!
Eliza Evans 01/16/09
Really fantastic!

Imo, the first sentence tries too hard. You almost lost me there.

Great idea, well carried.
Good job!
Norma-Anne Hough 01/17/09
You had me fooled. Very clever and well done. Enjoyed this one!
Blessings,
Norms
Laura Anne Harrison01/17/09
This is wonderful! Fantastic! Well written!
Loren T. Lowery01/19/09
Love this piece; and once you see the ending the title takes on so much significance. Excellent job! One of the lines that really speaks to me and seems so relevant in today's world is this: "I see myself as one of their teachers, too, with an important lesson to impart while they are under my care. If they do not learn it well, I fear for the future. However, will they listen to an older-generation lady like me, who adheres to what many consider as antiquated values? The world is changing faster than ever. I myself have witnessed an astounding amount of alteration and transformation in my years here. Will they feel that I have something…anything…relevant to share?"
Both beautiful and profound!
Teresa Lee Rainey01/20/09
I really love this. I too thought she would be a tour guide - perhaps at the Statue of Liberty. For me, it made the ending even better. Great job. :)
Mona Purvis01/20/09
Sooo well done. I loved it. You were able to put the reader there.
Angela M. Baker-Bridge01/21/09
Marvelous...I thought she worked at Ellis Island.
Pamela Kliewer01/21/09
I started wondering in the 4th paragraph if it was the Statue of Liberty. At first I thought maybe she was a tour guide at Ellis Island as well.

Well done, and great take on the topic!
Cathy Kane01/21/09
This story was captivating and the ending totally took me by surprise! Very well written with a title that truly spoke the heart of the piece. A real joy to read! Nice work!
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/22/09
Excellently done--hopefully, a winner this week. It's that good!
Joanne Sher 01/22/09
Oh, Myrna - this is WONDERFUL. You did an exceptional job with this. If you're rusty, we're all in trouble!!
Loren T. Lowery01/22/09
Yahoo! A winner for sure!!!
Congratulations and what a way to come back to the challenge after being away. Loren
Sheri Gordon01/22/09
Congratulations on your EC. This is very good writing, and such a feel-good story. Nice job with the topic.
Seema Bagai 01/22/09
Wow! Wonderfully written. Congrats.
Sonya Leigh01/22/09
Hello, Myrna, I didn't have an email for you. Thank you for your kind words. I, too, LOVED your entry and am very happy for your well-deserved first place ribbon, as well as your EC. I look forward to reading more of your entries. Blessings, Sonya
Charla Diehl 01/26/09
Congratulations on this wonderful entry. It grabbed me immediately and held my interest to the surprise ending. Great job.