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Topic: Start (01/16/06)
TITLE: Miss Understanding
By Shari Armstrong
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“I know,” I grumbled. “Do you have any idea how frustrating this is?”
She folded her arms and said, “No, but I’m not the one who volunteered to do the advice column for the paper.” Mary grabbed her backpack. “I’m late for class. I’ll catch you later.”
“Meet for lunch?”
“Sure.” She smiled. “It’ll be ok. Just keep at it.”
“I guess,” I said as she closed the door. I stared at the e-mail and read it again.
Dear Miss Understanding,
I can’t seem to meet a nice guy. I go to parties, and they seem to be sweet, but as the night goes on they are all hands. What can I do?
I thought for a few minutes. “Lord,” I asked out loud, “people keep telling me I’m good at giving advice. So why is it that all these people seem to want to know about are silly, shallow things?” I stood up and paced around the room. “I know the editor said to keep things light, but I really want to use my talent to help others.” My stomach started to growl, but I needed to get this done before lunch. I sat down and started to type.
Why don’t you try telling the handymen that if you were in the mood for octopus, you’d go to a sushi bar?
“Piece of cake.” I saved the file and moved on to the next e-mail.
Dear Miss Understanding,
I don’t have a friend in the world. I feel like if I just disappeared, it would be better for everyone. I’ve failed at everything I’ve started, so now I don’t even bother.
“How did this get past my editor?” I looked at the e-mail address. It came from his account, but he never approved a letter like this before.
The best way to have a friend is to be a friend
“Hmmmm…” I read it, and then deleted it. “They don’t need clichés. Lord, give me the right words.” I prayed and waited before I started to type.
There is a friend who is always there. His name is Jesus. If you don’t know Him, please write me again and I can introduce you. If you’ve already met Him, but have drifted away, let today be the day you start to mend fences and rebuild that friendship.
I saved the file and said a quick prayer for Invisible before I sent my file to the editor.
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