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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Year(s) (01/20/11)

TITLE: How Old Am I Anyway?
By Flora Sawyer
01/22/11


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She could not remember what year her birthday was. She was hoping no one would ask her. Slowly, she eased her way out of her favorite rocker. Clinging to her well worn cane she hobbled to the living room window. Snow was cascading to the ground in increasing intensity. The winter wind whistled past the window. Maybe they will cancel the birthday party, she thought, it's all foolishness anyway. Birthday parties are for children like little Carleigh, or Joanna or Billy. But I won't get out of it. They'll have it Friday, or next week. Oh why can't I remember? I think I'm losing my mind. I can't remember anything these days.
“Oh, Father, help me to remember. I feel so stupid,” she said aloud as she often did when speaking with her Lord. What will I ever say when they ask me and I can't remember?” Wearily she resumed her seat in the comfortable rocker. Then, reaching for her Bible, she turned to the Psalms which were always a comfort when her heart and mind were troubled.
“Of course! Of course! Again, she spoke audibly. “Thank you, Lord. You always come through for me.”
That evening, sure enough, the party was held, and the dreaded question was asked. Skilfully evading her son-in-law's sonorous voice saying, “How old are you anyway, Gram?”she skirted the question by saying,
“You know children, God gave me a most wonderful verse today when I was feeling a little blue. It was in Psalm 39, verse 5. “It said, 'Mine age is as nothing before Thee.' Now what do you think of that?” “Why it made me feel like a spring chicken!” She said with a shaky little laugh, causing the room to erupt with laughter.
And so it was that Grandma's great sense of humor, being still intact, rescued her from another embarrassing moment.


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Tracy Nunes 01/28/11
You could feel Grandma's desperation and then her relief as her Lord answered her prayer. I loved her sense of humor. When the elderly have a sense of humor it lightens up the world for the rest of us.
Noel Mitaxa 01/30/11
A good, warm reminder of how reassuring and timeless the psalms are. An enjoyable read.
AnneRene' Capp 01/31/11
I feel connected to this precious lady, as I was able to imagine her and your setting perfectly. We should all be so blessed to have such a one as her, in our own lives.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/01/11
This is A sweet story. I smiled at Gram's wisdom. I thought for sure she was going to find her DOB recorded in the Bible. It was nice to be surprised.