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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Red (10/01/09)

TITLE: Sarah's Diary
By Teresa Lee Rainey
10/04/09


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June 20, 1969

Dear Diary,

My name is Sarah Grace Jones.

Today was my tenth birthday. Mama picked the best present. She gave me you.

I can’t wait to tell you my secrets, even if you are just plain, old green.

My first secret is:

Of all the colors in the crayon box, I love red the best.


March 19, 1973

Dear Diary,

Mama made me so mad! I had the best time at Mary Jo’s sleep-over and then Mama had to go and ruin it. She started yelling at me as soon as we got in the car.

“SARAH GRACE, WHAT IS ON YOUR FINGERNAILS?”

“Mary Jo painted them, Mama.”

“THEY’RE RED, SARAH! RED IS FOR JEZABELS! RED IS THE DEVIL’S COLOR AND IT’S ON YOUR HANDS!”

I cried all the way home, especially when Mama stopped to buy fingernail polish remover.

Mama scrubbed my fingernails so hard they hurt. Then she stomped outside to pull up her tulips. I reminded her THEY were red.


May 7, 1976

Dear Diary,

Jimmy Johnson came over tonight. He had asked me to the prom. I told him Mama wouldn’t let me go to a dance, so he didn’t go either.

We talked for three whole hours. He even brought me a beautiful, red rose. I hid it from Mama when I came back inside.


July 23, 1979

Dear Diary,

Tonight I will become Mrs. Sarah Grace Johnson. I love Jimmy so much. He is the most wonderful man in the world.

I will be wearing the most amazing, new, white dress that Mama helped me pick out. Mary Jo is going to let me borrow her pretty white slippers and my hair will be held up by Granny’s old hairpin. It is so dainty and has one tiny, blue gem barely visible.

My flowers will be yellow roses with a hint of red at their tips.


September 12, 1979

Dear Diary,

Jimmy and I have been reading the Bible together. Last night, we read about how Jesus’ blood will clean up our sins. I wonder if Mama has ever thought about the color of Jesus’ blood.


August 1, 1981

Dear Diary,

Mary Elizabeth Johnson was born this morning. She weighed seven pounds exactly. When they handed her to me, the first thing I saw was a head full of hair. It was the lightest shade of red.


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Brenda Shipman 10/08/09
Sweet story! Neat format. Loved the ending. Good job!
Allen Stark10/09/09
Loved the format of your story. Made me want to read more. And I hope mama learned to pick her battles more carefully.
Mary Alice Bowles10/09/09
Sweet story that I really enjoyed...So many important issues that are written about in a wonderful soft caring voice. Nice job!
Jan Ackerson 10/09/09
Very sweet--I enjoyed seeing this character grow, and to see the changing nature of her relationships. Nice job.
Katie Sherrill10/10/09
Good story. The title caught my eye. I enjoyed the idea of reading a diary. It wasn't too wordy either. Well done.
Shilo Goodson10/13/09
I liked reading this article. My only concern is that the writing style doesn't always seem to fit with the age of Sarah. At 10, she seemed to write a little older, and at almost 14, I felt like she wrote a little young for age. Of course, I might be the only one that feels this way, though. Overall, though, I defiantely enjoyed reading this article.
Colin Swann10/13/09
Yes, a very sweet story of diary keeping. Loved its simplicity and it was an enjoyable read. Thank you - Colin
Lisa Johnson 10/15/09
Very nice story. Nicely done. Good job.
Jan Ackerson 08/23/10
Teresa, I'm going to feature this clever story on the Front Pages showcase for the week of September 20. Look for it on the Faithwriters Home page--and congratulations!