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Topic: Insulted (11/01/04)

TITLE: The Hugly Woman
By Charles Lee


I’ve never been a vindictive, malicious, angry, or malevolent person. At least I don’t think I have. One day I may look those words up to see what they mean or if they are mean. Needless to say, I was taken aback at my wife’s rebuke one Sunday morning at a remark I had made.

To keep from causing a scene in the auditorium, and thus keeping our good report among our fellow church members, I decided to wait until later to find out what I had done wrong. Being newly wed, I couldn’t stand the thought of my fresh young bride being upset with me, especially over something that I had no knowledge about. I have learned over time that a wife has the right to be upset with her husband whenever she wants over inconsiderations unwittingly perpetrated by her other half. Actually, that right extends to any action, real or imagined, performed by the husband. But that’s another topic of discussion.

The remark in question happened after the closing amen. People were getting up, (some waking up), stretching, smiling, shaking hands, racing out the door, and generally gathering their belongings to take home.

I was taking all this in, observing the actions of everyone as they assembled to disassemble. I have learned, also over time, not to observe. It only leads to trouble. Anyway, my eyes came to rest on one of the friendliest ladies in the church. That’s when I, uh, observed this characteristic of the lady that got me in hot water with my beloved bride.

This woman was (how to say this delicately?)…extremely ugly. Now my sweet wife would never say this out loud, but her reaction to my statement led me to believe that she felt the same way as I did about the lady’s looks.

You see, my comment wasn’t on the lady’s looks, but on her friendliness. So you can imagine my surprise at the angry reaction I got when I made this statement. “That’s the huggingest woman I have ever known.” Just a simple “observation” on her passion of hugging EVERYBODY that she met.

My gentle wife, needless to say, was greatly embarrassed at her interpretation of my offhand comment. That it revealed her true unspoken thoughts added to the embarrassment. The insult that I had supposedly uttered has caused us much laughter in the years after.

How she misinterpreted “huggingest woman” as “ugliest woman” has yet to be proven. But I think, way down deep, in the purest heart of all people that I know, my wife revealed that she too can have unkind thoughts. Surely it couldn’t be that she just assumed that by my track record, I would have said something as callous as that.

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Lynda Lee Schab 11/08/04
The title alone totally captured my interest and the article kept it! So honest and I love the humor. It's true we're all God's creation and God "don't make no junk"; some people just need a little more make-up than others, that's all. Nothing wrong with that! LOL
Great entry! Blessings, Lynda
darlene hight11/08/04
I love this story and the teller did a great job too.
Neat and original story. Well done.
DeAnna Brooks11/08/04
If we only knew the mirrors to our own heart, I think we would find an island of our own...or at least consider it. This was great. Thans so much.
Barbie Jones11/08/04
Great story! I loved it. Keep 'em coming.
Corinne Smelker 11/08/04
I agree - the title alone was great, and i liked the humour that you interjected into the story.

I felt a couple of times that your sentences may have been a little too long, and therefore cause confusion, but overall this read well.

I love your word, "huggingest" I think I am going to adopt it!
Norma OGrady11/08/04
Your title was great!
I really enjoyed reading your article.
Melanie Kerr 11/08/04
Well written. I could just about see the expression on your wife's face!
Debbie OConnor11/08/04
Terrific! Absolutely priceless story. Wonderful retelling.
Verlie Ruhl11/08/04
I loved your title, and your story was fun to read. I am also very impressed with your diplomatic and delicate handling of the roles of husbands and wives!
Deborah Anderson11/08/04
I liked the humor you injected into this. Good job. God bless you.
Mary Elder-Criss11/09/04
Great title, drew me right in, which is a very important part of writing well. Enjoyed your humor, and your insight. Well done!
Lucian Thompson11/09/04
Charles, I’ve known a few hugly women! Some are more hugly than others…some are hugly to the bone and others are so hugly it hurts…squeezely speaking. ROFL!!!