Tuesday, November 10, 2015

#18 REACHING FOR SUNSHINE, MG Contemporary

TITLE: REACHING FOR SUNSHINE
GENRE: MG Contemporary

Faith needs to win $1,000 in the writing contest. Or else her family might be stuck living in church shelters. Forever.

I’ll never forget the first morning I woke up inside a Sunday school room. As the early morning light cast shadows between our cots and the Bible bookcase, I rolled over and read the words pinned to the Bethel Brethren Church of the Redeemer “Be Who You Are” bulletin board:

Honest, Humble, Helpful, Happy.

I shivered as another “h” word flashed through my mind:

Homeless.

“Faithee?”  Perched on her cot, my little sister Hope hugged a rag doll with sausage legs and yellow yarn hair. White, cotton ball stuffing popped from the doll’s seams, which wasn’t a big surprise, considering that thing had been glued to Hope’s hip since last summer, when Gramps died.
“Shh,” I whispered. “Mama’s still sleeping.” My eyes flitted to the three garbage bags slouched against the Bible bookcase, my jeans and t-shirts bursting through the plastic drawstrings holding our life together. On the window ledge above Mama’s cot, a withered rosebud from Gramps’ garden delivered a powerful pain, smack dab in the center of my chest.

Hope stood up, her flannel nightgown swishing against the carpet. “We going to school?”

I checked the clock. 7:05 am. Even if the van driver agreed to take us, it was fifty miles across the Northern Ohio Turnpike one way.

“Get in." I pulled back the covers. "I’ll rub your back.”
                         
My hands circled Hope’s shoulders. I traced an imaginary path back to Mapleview, the maple syrup capital of Ohio and the only home I’d ever known.

20 comments:

  1. Ignore my full. I'm screwed here.

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  2. I don't think you can go from 136 to 150 to full. Authoress?

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  3. I got so caught up in trying to beat you--I was refreshing and refreshing

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    1. Lol, sorry! That's it for me for the day if it makes you feel better. I'm rooting for you now.

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  4. Actually, if you had bid 150, full that would have worked I think. Sorry.

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  5. See why I put you in charge of this, Michelle? :)

    Sorry, Sally!

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