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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Blog (10/20/11)

TITLE: Did She Really Say That?
By Verna Cole Mitchell


Jerry was furious. He had just been walking by Molly’s computer when he noticed a picture of himself on the side of a partially written article. In bold letters at the top was “Blog of a Bored Housewife.” Jerry leaned in closer to read:
Well, the master of the house has been at it again. Yesterday he hit a new low in his record of infractions as he left his dirty socks from the day before on the floor of the bedroom, his shaving cream on the sink, and his breakfast dishes on the table before he hurried out the door to play golf with his frie

Jerry sat at the computer and scrolled down to read earlier posts. Her blog seemed to be made up of a litany of complaints in which he took top billing. She never got to go anywhere, he read, because she was tied down by a fussy baby and a thoughtless husband. She had no time for herself and her writing.

“Hmm,” he thought, “seems like she’s found some time for herself to write.” At first, as he reviewed some of the things she had said about him, he was irritated, but the more he read, the angrier he became.

Had she written a whole post about him drinking straight from the jar of orange juice that was in the refrigerator? Had she reported in another that he left his gardening tools out in the rain, the newspaper on the floor by his chair, and the cap off the toothpaste?

When he read a post about his personal habits, he couldn’t believe his eyes. He saw that he was guilty of burping without saying “Excuse me,” and that he . . .”Wait!” he thought, “did she really write that?”

“Oops,” Molly said as she came into the bedroom and saw Jerry sitting at her computer. “Jimmy was crying, and in my hurry to check on him, I forgot to turn my computer off. I hope you aren’t mad at me. I was just having a little fun with my new blog.”

“But, Molly,” protested Jerry, “Not ALL of this is true.”

“I know, Dear, but I’m a writer, and we use our imaginations to embroider what we write.”

Jerry snorted at that. “Well, here’s something to sew into your blog: I cleaned up after supper last night and put the dishes in the dishwasher for you because Jimmy had been fussy all day, and you were tired. Then when he cried in the night, I got up with him—all this after the very difficult day at work I’d had, providing for my family. I believe I could write a very interesting blog about you and some of your habits without needing to embroider at all.”

“You wouldn’t really do that, would you, Honey?” Molly leaned in past Jerry’s shoulder and kissed his cheek.

“Sweet talk is one thing,” said Jerry, “but I expect a whole lot more than that.”

Molly sighed, “how about I delete this blog and start another one that’s all true about how Christian couples can encourage each other?”

“That would be great,” said Jerry. “Anything else?”

“Well, maybe a little more than sweet talk?”

He smiled. “Now you’re talking, Sweetheart!”

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Beth LaBuff 11/03/11
oh my! I'm laughing here. My face may have even gotten red when I got to the "Did she really write that?" LOL!!! This was a WHOLE LOTTA FUN to read. I could picture every scene as he read her blog. Then your ending was a welcome relief, cause both of your characters were endearing and I didn't want them to have "a problem." :) Super creative! Wonderful writing.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/06/11
This is hysterical! I could so see this happening. I loved your use of the words sew and embroider. Very clever.
Linda Goergen11/07/11
This is so comical and such a fun story you’ve woven around the topic! But it also shows the truth that we can take with a grain of salt all we read on the internet, as I sure countless people embellish what they write, with little truth to it – written just to get attention. Great job on this.
C D Swanson 11/09/11
Fantastic job - it was as if a movie scene was unfolding before my eyes! Excellent and well written, and I loved the ending which told "all would be okay" with the two. Loved it

God Bless you~
Noel Mitaxa 11/13/11
After reading about all that mess left everywhere, it's good to get to the end, to see that things are going to "pick up" from here.
A good fun read - from a husband's perspective.