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Topic: Red (10/01/09)
TITLE: Sarah's Diary
By Teresa Lee Rainey
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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
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
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
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
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
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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