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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Note (02/07/13)

TITLE: The Most Important Note
By Emma-Jane McLennan
02/12/13


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I can smell her from two pews back. The stench of alcohol and cigarettes permeates the air, causing me to pop another breath mint into my mouth. As the strong peppermint overtakes my senses, I take a good look at the visitor. Hardly above 25 in age, she is poorly dressed in ripped jeans and a faded singlet. Hungover, most likely. She has come to the right place, hopefully she will learn a thing or two.

Smoothing my skirt, I glance back at my program just as the service starts. Since I was a little girl, I have been to this church every Sunday. I used to put on my best dress and shiniest shoes, and walk to St Marys with my family. Now I am 37 years old, and happily married with two gorgeous little girls. My faith and my family are stronger than ever.

In contrast, the girl looks like something from the homeless shelter down the street. What would her mother think? Then again, her mother probably isn't the best sort either. As the clock ticks on, my mind wanders. Before I know it, the service is finished. I am left with a busy mind and an empty piece of paper. I wonder what the sermon was about?

Oh well, time for a coffee! My husband is going to talk to Pastor Mark, and wishing to avoid any embarrassing comment on the sermon I didn't hear, I sidle past to talk to Diane and Jo. Although I try to avoid looking, I cannot help but peer over the visitors shoulder. There on her welcome sheet, I notice a small note, in spidery black handwriting. Suddenly, I'm curious. Moving up the aisle, I squint a little to make out the words 'Jesus loves me'.

Overcome, I sit back down with a thump. The girl turns around to see what the noise is, her eyes wide and frightened. Staring back at her, I take a moment to clear my head. Finally I know what to do. Introducing myself, I offer her a coffee. "Sure" she says, her eyebrows arched in surprise. I smile. I know I'm in the right place, and I think that this girl could teach me a thing or two.


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Linda Buskirk02/14/13
This is a lovely story with a wonderful way to use the "note" to pack a punch - right into the heart of the narrator character, and into mine.
Loni Bowden-Horn02/17/13
Its funny how we make judgements about people. We look at the way they are dressed and what we perceive them to be.

Jesus looks at our hearts. The story was interesting throughout and I wanted to know what was on the note.

Thank you for pointing out what is important.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/17/13
I really enjoyed this, I think your MC is the epitome of many church ladies today. Somehow, a sense of being better or more deserving as made its way into the hearts of many Christian.

I noticed some tiny errors like visitors instead of visitor's shoulder. Also save exclamation points for dialog and allow the great verbs to do your exclaiming.

I almost missed the topic, but then I realized it was in the hand of the younger woman when she jotted down Jesus loved me. I think this is a fresh and exciting take on the topic a and I totally enjoyed this poignant piece.
CD Swanson 02/19/13
Poignant, touching and very clever. What a wonderful job and well written entry.
Thank you. God bless~
CD Swanson 02/21/13
Congrats...God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/21/13
Congratulations for placing 2nd in your level and 17 overall!
Olawale Ogunsola 02/22/13
Congrats! It is a well deserved win.