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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)

TITLE: We'll Have These Moments to Remember
By Verna Cole Mitchell


Surely, God gave us siblings to keep us humble. Since I have three, I should never be lacking in humility. One unforgettable memory I have is of my sister, Mary, who is five years younger than I. On an occasion when we had company and were all sitting in the living room of the parsonage, we heard a “thump, thump, thump.” Here came two-year-old Mary, banging her potty on every step, as she came down the stairs. “I was ‘onesome,” she announced as she set her potty in the middle of the floor and proceeded to use it. Our guests said they thought she was just darling with her bobbing brown curls and dancing dark eyes, but at the advanced age of seven, I just wanted to sink through the floor.

Big brother, John, is five years older than I. When I was about ten, I wished I could join in with his teen-aged crowd. They seemed to me to have such fun times together. One of their favorite activities was to gather around the recorder, where they would sing and talk to record and then play it all back to listen. One day when they went out, I decided that I’d try out the recorder for myself. I sang what I thought was a splendid soprano solo, a heartfelt rendition of “Cirribirribin.” Before I could hear how it sounded, John and his friends came back. When they saw that something had been recorded, they played it and listened. While I hid around the corner in the next room, I heard them laughing at my awful little squeaky voice. Tears of mortification rolled down my cheeks.

Baby brother, Sam, is ten years my junior. I loved to have him play in my room when he was small; he was my little buddy. He was quite entertaining as he made noises of cars and trucks to accompany his play, and I thought he was so cute. When I was almost twelve, I had some romance comic books that a girl at school had lent to me. Since Mama was very strict about my reading and I knew she wouldn’t approve, I had hidden them under my mattress. I didn’t worry about Sammy’s seeing me put them there because he wasn’t talking very much yet. One day while Mama was changing the sheets on my bed, Sammy tugged on the mattress and said, “Pitty books, pitty books.” He kept on tugging till he got Mama’s attention, and, as the old saying goes, “The jig was up.” I was worse than embarrassed; I was in big trouble.

Now, I’m sure that my siblings have some really juicy details of embarrassing moments I’ve caused them which they could tell, but this is my story, so we’ll leave those out. God has blessed us each one, and we have memories of, not only embarrassing moments, but happy times and sad times in our past. We share a precious friendship, and as we reminisce and laugh or shed a tear or two, we thank God for the family love that binds us together.

Psalm 133:1a How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity. NIV

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Cheri Hardaway 07/26/07
As a parent of four basically grown children, I could well relate to your memories of your siblings. I often hear my kids talking about "this time" or "that time." "Do you remember when..."

I sometimes cringe when they say, "Oh, yeah, and do you remember when Mom..." You see, they are able to remember all the most embarrassing moments of motherhood that I've managed to "delete" from my own "files."

And I love your message about families. They are designed by God to be priceless gifts, and my heart is sad for those who have not had that kind of experience with their own families. Praise Him that He places us into His own family when we become His own. For some, that is the only way they will ever experience family as He intended it to be.

Blessings, Cheri
Dee Yoder 07/26/07
Oh, such memories! Poor Mary; I bet she'll never live that story down! This collection of family tales is heart-warming, humorous, and well written!
Joanne Sher 07/26/07
I LOVE the scripture, and the wonderful telling of the embarrassing moments in your family. We've all got them! RIGHT on topic, of course.
Myrna Noyes07/27/07
Such cute, "everyday life," embarrassing stories! We can all relate to these! :) I enjoyed reading your sibling memories and thank you for sharing them! Good job!
william price07/27/07
Nice entry, cute and relatable. I enjoyed the read. God bless.
Betty Castleberry07/29/07
You are reminding me of things my sisters did to embarrass me. This is well constructed. Thanks for sharing your anecdotes.
Kristen Hester07/29/07
What sweet, tender moments with siblings. I know my kids embarrass each other all the time. I hope they will one day look back with fondness and laughter at those moments. Your story is told with grace and tenderness. Very nice.
Jan Ackerson 07/29/07
Patty Wysong07/30/07
What a wonderful collection! Siblings always know the juiciest tidbits! lol.
Sharlyn Guthrie07/30/07
What fun and humorous memories. I could see each one unfold, and each perfectly reflected the age and stage of the sibling!
Loren T. Lowery07/30/07
All our brothers and sisters keep us humble. I enjoyed the gllimpse of the love and warmth demonstrated in your family - embarrassments and all!
Phyllis Inniss08/01/07
I love these embarrassing moments you've shared. It was a joy to read and realize how important family life is.
Joy Faire Stewart08/01/07
I love family stories & the last paragraph is perfect. What a blessing to have siblings.
Pam Carlson-Hetland08/01/07
It seems that those of us with siblings ALL have these moments to remember. Great title. Endearing, humorous, and embarrassing stories well told. Thanks for sharing.
Sara Harricharan 08/01/07
Oooo, this takes me back...I have two brothers...and the moments are there, believe me! Love the honest voice and tone of this. Great job!
Catrina Bradley 08/01/07
I enjoyed going down memory lane with you and your sibs. A great read.
Lynda Schultz 08/01/07
What makes these moments to remember even more valuable is when they come with pictures! My brother, now 61, dies when I show the picture of him, all dressed in white, gently kissing his female cousin, also dressed in white — it looks just like it was staged — so cute, but he doesn't think so! Great story.
Pamela Kliewer08/01/07
I like this, especially the end, where you shared how close knit your family is today.

When I was a teen I would read romance novels that were less than savory and hide them under my mattress too. My younger brothers didn't know, but my mom sure did when my attitude would be nasty!

Thanks for sharing this, I enjoyed reading it.