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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Singing (10/31/05)

TITLE: Getting Rid of the Cat
By Sally Hanan


A girls’ boarding school.
One girl, Mouna, with the worst caterwaul you ever heard.
She called me her friend.

So what was I supposed to do?

Fortunately I didn’t have to speak to her (in love, of course): the music teacher, Mrs. Lee, heard her wail over the sweet cadence of the other girls and announced instant auditions for all. She was determined to get rid of the cat.

We went up in threes to sing operetta in three-part harmony. I was doing well, trying to deafen myself to Mouna’s screech in my ear, when Mrs. Lee’s curled hair swung around on the piano stool, tenderly smacking her ruddy-cheeked face. She glared right through her magnifying lenses into my eyes. There was something dark and stormy in hers, magnified by a prescription of at least 4.75, and I gulped so hard that saliva got stuck in my throat and I couldn’t sing for a minute. Shaken but not stirred, however, I got back on track, with the delightful anticipation that, at last, Mouna would no longer be in my ears. I would be singing all future tenor parts free of flat note distractions, (to the great delight of my proud granny: who never failed to tell everyone she met at recitals that I was her granddaughter).

Which is why I was in shock when the list went up in the hall without my name on it.
Mouna’s name was there.


So this is the part where I am supposed to give you a piece of wisdom I learnt from this: one of life’s little lessons. Here it is, straight from Scar’s mouth (Scar is Simba’s uncle: a lion, in the movie The Lion King, (1994)):



Alternatively, you can check out Matthew 12:20: He will not crush those who are weak, or quench the smallest hope, until he brings full justice with his final victory,(NLT)

When that day of justice comes, and we all stand before the throne as one glorious choir with one voice, God is not going to stop our singing to see who is off key. There is no chance of getting kicked out either: I know these things…. because when each child of God gets a new body, she also gets a new voicebox… and Mouna and I will get to sing together in perfect harmony, before the Lord, forever.

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Lucian Thompson11/07/05
This article must be about me. My singing is ONLY a sweet sound to the Lord!
Amy Michelle Wiley 11/07/05
Hehe, cute story!!
Suzanne R11/09/05
Fun! And your title is very catchy too. Well done.
Jan Ackerson 11/09/05
Good job, nice tight writing, unique voice. Thanks!
Jeffrey Snell11/09/05
What a sweet story! It's so true that all too often we tend to be focused on performance rather than on the heart. My church is going through this as we speak regarding our choir. Thanks for the great illustration of grace, AND humility. :)
Brandi Roberts11/09/05
Very unique! This was a very good read! Thank yOU!
Shari Armstrong 11/09/05
Cute - and like I told the kids when I was teaching (at a Catholic school so I could get away with it) that the Bible says to make a joyful noise, doesn't say it has to be in tune : )
Linda Watson Owen11/09/05
Delightfully funny and so real to life!! I'm still chuckling at this one!
Debbie Sickler11/09/05
I liked your unique way of writing this, especially how you spoke to the predictable, pat ending where the message is supposed to be thrown in. Very funny! I also liked the last line a lot. Great job!
Anita Neuman11/10/05
Cute story - and I love the way you wrapped it up.
terri tiffany11/10/05
I loved your style!! Very refreshing and to the point and funny!!:)
Denise Stanford11/10/05
Oh yes the title makes perfect sense...you had me worried for a while....
The injustice, and no trite ending excellent, well done...Have you thought of a girl's diary of lessons like this...you'd give Bridget Jones a run for her money!
Pat Guy 11/10/05
Loved this read! Fun, refreshing and 'NOT FAIR!' That cat should have been the one 'mysteriously' missing! Like, dropped in someone's elses neighborhood (choir)! (I know these things ;) )
Debbie OConnor11/10/05
Very good. Your title made me want to read and your story kept my attention. Fun!
Shannon Redmon11/12/05
Cute and funny! It goes to show that what we hear in our heads may sound completely different to others!
Val Clark11/12/05
Why did I come away from this with the idea that it was the POV character and not Mouna (love the choice of name BTW) who was really the 'cat'? Yeggy