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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Ohhh…. (02/04/10)

TITLE: grandma's words of gracious praise
By Jim McWhinnie
02/09/10


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“Oh my!”

My grandmother would use that mysterious expression all the time. Every time we, the grandkids, would arrive at her screen door, she would bring her hands to her cheeks and call out, “Oh my … oh my, how you’ve grown.” And we would blush with embarrassment for we knew a big hug and a kiss for each of us was soon to follow.

“Oh my!”

She expressed that interjection of glee whenever wonderful things happened in life. Like the August evening when Missy, her latest generation of Labrador Retriever, brought into this world, eight roly-poly puppies. With each new yellow bundle of joy, the first words that fresh, new life heard were the joyful words of praise, “Oh my!” Or the time a flock of two hundred robins settled in on our picnic in Martin’s Meadow …robins, robins, everywhere, all chirping away in a sea of laughter as Grandma kept shouting, “Oh my! Oh, my!” I swear the robins began to dance with her in a swirl of spontaneous joy.

“Oh my!”

My fiancé was understandably nervous on our drive to meet my grandparents. Engagements are that way. But I had confidence that Grandma would win her heart. And my confidence proved well placed. As we walk up the three steps onto the wide farmhouse porch I could see that yellow, flower print dress accented with that white apron dusted with the flour of a morning’s baking make its way to the screen. I was about to knock, but I was too slow. Out swung the door in gracious invitation as Grandma exclaimed with grand affection, “Oh my, isn’t she beautiful.”

And my wife smiled as if to answer, “Oh my!”


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Beth LaBuff 02/15/10
I could see your grandmother and hear her exclamations. :) Very heart-warming!
Virgil Youngblood 02/15/10
Ahhh, good memories are treasures indeed. One small item: your fiance walked up to the house, but then your wife spoke. Easily fixed.
Michelle Knoll 02/15/10
Great story! Reading about your grandmother brought back memories of my own. Really loved this!
Chely Roach02/15/10
A lovely story, and I could see every scene play out. Nice job!
Carol Slider 02/16/10
What a lovely tribute to your grandma! I could just hear my own dear "Nana" saying "Oh my!" as I read this. Well done.
Mona Purvis02/17/10
So very rich with true characterization and a delight to read. What a lovely, simple, meaningful piece.
Mona
Loren T. Lowery02/17/10
I had forgotten how often my own grandmother said that very same thing. I wonder if they are related somehow. By the way you described everything I could picture it all and so very much enjoyed the view.
Catrina Bradley 02/17/10
Very engaging - I want to meet your grandma! I love the scene with the robins.
Sarah Elisabeth 02/18/10
Hey Jim, congrats on placing in Level 3!