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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Search Engine (10/06/11)

TITLE: Did You Mean Grace?
By Shari Armstrong


Gladys had to find the perfect recipe. She had to show those old biddies at the ladies' dinner a thing or two. “They always think they are such great cooks,” she muttered at the monitor as the little hour glass spun. It always seemed kind of ironic to her that they used such an old fashioned thing to tell people they have to wait. How many of these young whipper snappers today even know what an hour glass is?

She was still getting used to the new computer her grand kids insisted on buying for her. “Ok, how about peach cobbler.....” Gladys typed the letters, hit enter. That hour glass mocked her, and just kept spinning. Then a page finally popped up. “Yes!” She read out loud, “Not found.... did you mean peace?” She shook her head, “No, you silly machine. I meant peach.” She looked at the screen again. “Silly me, I typed peacg instead of peach.”

“Hmmmm....” She began another search, this time she was going to try a roast recipe. She hit the enter button. “Not found...did you mean rest?” She took a sip of her coffee. “Rest?” She squinted, looking at the screen. “I did it again. I typed rast instead of roast. That's ok. I don't have time to make a roast anyway, especially with gravy. Good gravy! That's it! I could make biscuits and gravy.”

Gladys rubbed her arthritic knuckles before she cleared the search box. Now to find an award winning gravy recipe to blow the support hose off the others. Her results popped quicker this time. “Not found...did you mean grace?”

She sighed. “Ok, Lord, I get the hint! Maybe I should just eat some humble pie and stop trying to show everybody up.”

She walked over to her phone and started to dial, watching the circles spin after each digit. “Hello, Myrtle? Would you pick me up and give me a ride to The Daily Bread Bakery?” She twirled the cord. “Oh, good. I need to pick up some rolls for the dinner tonight.”

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/21/11
This is a very enjoyable read and you had me laughing several times.

You did a great job with a fresh approach on the topic. The only things I could argue with are little things like a hyphen in old-fashioned and grandkids being one word not two (though the spell check does underline grandkids as incorrect)

I really enjoyed the message. I know what it is like to have God show me the error of my ways.
Theresa Santy 10/21/11
Oh my gosh so delightful, charming, and funny. LOL!

I can't tell you how many times I've been the recipient of God's 'subtle' hints.

Great take of the topic. Loved it.
Patricia Protzman10/22/11
On topic and funny. Except for a few grammar errors already mentioned, it is well-crafted.
Linda Goergen10/22/11
Cute story with good message, woven around the topic! Had me giggling! The ending was unexpected, that she just gave up and bought rolls to take…but guess that was her humble way of not trying to outdo the others!! LOL Enjoyed this! Great job!
Edmond Ng 10/27/11
An enjoyable read! I like your take on this topic. It's uniquely different with a nice touch of humor. God bless.
Leola Ogle 11/02/11
Cute take on the topic. I'm like your MC in that I frequently hit the wrong letter in my search. It's amusing what Google provides me with instead. Good job! God bless!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/03/11
Congratulations on your HC! It looks like you're jumping back into the challenge with both feet!
Noel Mitaxa 11/03/11
A good fun read for its imagery and its brevity. Maybe your MC needs a spell with - as well as from - her computer!
Congraulations on being Highly Commended.