Hire
Writers
Editors
Home Tour About Read What's New Help Join Faith
Writers
Forum
My Account Login
Shop
Save
Support
Book
Store
Learn
About
Jesus
  

Get Our Daily Devotional             Win A Publishing Package             Detailed Navigation

The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!
The Official Writing Challenge

BACK TO
CHALLENGE
MAIN

INSTRUCTIONS

how it works
submission rules
guidelines for
choosing a level

ENTRIES

submit your entry
read current entries
read past entries
challenge winners



Our Daily Devotional HERE
Place it on your site or
receive it daily by email.





TRUST JESUS TODAY

TRY THE TEST



Share
how it works   Submit

Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bestie (05/22/14)

TITLE: Girl With the Funny Name
By Wilma Schlegel
05/28/14


 LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
 SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
 ADD TO MY FAVORITES

I'd like to know who could hear a funny name like yours and not twist around in her seat to see who has it!

You said when you saw me turn around to look at you like that you thought I was pretty funny too.

Remember the time you sneaked me into your house right by your grandfather sleeping on the porch? He was snoring and he stopped all of a sudden, kind of like 'ukkkkk, uk!' We thought we were done, but he just turned his head a little and went on snoring. Phew!

He had 'the palsy', I remember, and your folks didn't allow you to have anyone over. They tried to keep the house quiet for him.

I was so afraid of your mom when she came upstairs and found us. She didn't yell or anything, but that look she gave us sent me scooting. Then when we were outside (out the back way), she gave me a glass of lemonade. That was it, I knew we were okay. Oh, the fun we had that day and all the times after that!

I remember when we graduated in '43. We were secretly disappointed that we didn't get flower corsages. (I'm so glad you admitted to that - I always felt so unpatriotic until you said how you felt.) Even so we both knew the war bond stamp corsages were so meaningful - we were glad to support our 'boys'.

My Ben and your Jim were the best of all, though. We wrote and wrote and wrote and they wrote back, when they could. Jim got bitten by a scorpion in India and Ben parachuted over the Indian Ocean. It all sounded so thrilling and exotic and dangerous. We exchanged stories and hugs and tears.

Afterward, it was so good to see Jim again, I was so happy for you.

What would I have done without you when they told me about Ben? He was really brave, wasn't he? Oh, I cried for months. You and Jim decided not to get married. You said you couldn't, you wouldn't do that to me. You were the best and that's why I couldn't let you miss out on something like marrying Jim.

But Jim took you farther and farther away from the old city, our city and me. I didn't drive. It wasn't practical or necessary. I worked at the garment factory and played the organ at church. I lived in the home where I was born on the South side. I could walk or take the bus anywhere I needed to go -anywhere except to see you.

We became expert letter writers though, didn't we? Mrs. Garnes from Deisher School would have been proud!

Jim tried to teach you to drive and you were getting the hang of it. (I would have loved to see the way you jarred and bumped along getting used to the clutch, you described it so well in your letter!) You never did go for your test though because baby number three came along. That was Sally, wasn't it?

Jim's passing was too early. What could I do to comfort you, so far away? Yet, you said I did comfort you in ways I'd never know. You're too kind.

Your kids did the most wonderful thing then about five years later. They contacted me and came and got me so that we could spend your birthday together. Oh, that was swell! I don't know when I talked and laughed and remembered the old times so much!

Then, they'd get us together at least once a year. I loved the ferry ride across the river to see the Aquarium. Why the fish swam right over our heads! If my Ben could have seen that! But we saw it - for him - together.

Fourteen years ago the Lord came for you. I have missed you, girl with the funny name. I have been so enriched by knowing you. Have you missed me?

And now it's my turn. You know, I'm not afraid, I'm excited. It's going to be the greatest thing ever to see Jesus. Thank you God for your unfathomable love in sending Jesus.

And then when I get the chance I'm going to listen for your funny, wonderful name. This time I won't twist around or stare. I just want to throw my arms around you, my dearest friend.


The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
Accept Jesus as Your Lord and Savior Right Now - CLICK HERE
JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.


This article has been read 55 times
Member Comments
Member Date
Camille (C D) Swanson 05/30/14
This multi-layered piece elicited a medley of emotions with each word. Beautiful ending, well done.

God bless~
Joanne Sher 06/02/14
So much depth, love, and beauty in this piece. Other than wanting to know WHAT the name was, I loved every bit. Thank you SO much for sharing!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/05/14
This is just packed full of emotions and wonderful words. I felt like I was eavesdropping on an intimate conversation. The only red ink I have is I think you had 7 or 8 too many exclamation points. I know this was more like dialog or perhaps a letter so exclamation points can be used a bit more, but you did such an awesome job of expressing yourself, you didn't need them at all. Congratulations on ranking 14th overall. Happy Dance!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/05/14
Oh and I meant to say with your title and my name I had to read it as soon as I saw it. :)