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by Permanent Posies on August 22, 2010

I decided to take another class from the teacher….Jenny Matlock.  She hosts Alphabet Thursday and this summer it has been Rainbow Summer School.  This one is called Saturday Centus.  To be honest, I don’t know what Centus actually means.  It isn’t in my online dictionary and I consider myself pretty word savvy too…ha.

But anyway, I am jumping in the fray to challenge myself and practice writing.  Here are her instructions….but I chose to write about last summer.


Do you remember how during the first week back at school the teacher would make you write an essay about what you did over yoursummer vacation? Well, school has been in session almost two weeks here so I thought we’d try this for something different.
Your story must be written in first person AND must be exactly 100 words long. It can be fact or fiction.
Exactly 100 words, first person, fact or fiction…What I did over my Summer Vacation. AND What I did over my Summer Vacation is the title of your essay not to be included in the 100 words!



We met outside the airport sporting red, white and blue.  My anticipation was palpable and I was on the verge of tears or hysterical laughing. 

We made our way to the front of the line.  I think we numbered 25.   We held signs and flags and smiles and love and respect and awe and gratitude.  Mostly gratitude.  The kind that a mom feels when her child escapes a tragedy.  Gratitude when a hero is in the room. 

And the doors slowly opened.  Camoflauge poured through them.  Thank you for your service.

Then I saw him,  my son, home from Iraq.

So, if you want to see more 100 word stories or participate yourself, here is the link:

Jenny Matlock

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Terry DeLaGarza August 22, 2010 at 2:06 AM

U made me cry. That’s beautiful!!

Cheryl August 22, 2010 at 5:49 AM

I got chills from this, Susan. This is how I spent my Christmas Eve last year. An amazing sight and feeling even when none of them is yours. So glad your son came home.

PJ August 22, 2010 at 5:57 AM

I felt that physically! What a feeling it must have been! I’m so glad he’s home!!!

jeff August 22, 2010 at 6:45 AM

This is great! Very palpable…Peace and blessings

Kat August 22, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Beautiful! You described the scene so well, and I can imagine this was your best summer “vacation” ever!

Elizabeth August 22, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Ok…I cried…

Viki August 22, 2010 at 9:34 AM

What a wonderful Centus. I can only imagine how you felt having your son come home safely. Thank goodness for people like him. Good Centus.

Malisa August 22, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Awwww! Your story gave me chill bumps! Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful memory!

I just posted my contribution. Please stop by!


Becky August 22, 2010 at 2:06 PM

I got goose-bumps! How wonderful…so happy for you and your family!

Terra August 22, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Breathtaking…I could see all the camo coming through…wonderful

Annas Adornments, Sweden August 22, 2010 at 5:57 PM

That must have been quite an experience! I hope that he is safe, wherever he may be now. Great story!
Best wishes,

Anna’s Saturday Centus Week-16

Rocki Bottom August 22, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Tears in my eyes right now! Bless your son and all those who fight for freedom.

Deborah August 23, 2010 at 12:51 AM

I saw and felt every word … instant tears … wonderful.

Sue Anderson August 23, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Now, that’s the very best kind of summer story!

Hugs to you, your son, and the whole family!


Kelsee August 25, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Hey I just wanted to thank you for your comment on my blog and the follow! Sorry it’s take me so long to respond, but your comment made me smile! -Kelsee

Tina August 28, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Oh how wonderful! Tell your son thanks for his service. Our soldiers are all heros, and to be celebrated. How wonderful that you got to do so with yours.

Jenny Matlock August 29, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Darn you. You made me cry. I loved this link. Centus is just a derivative of 100…and I liked the alliteration with the word Saturday.

Anyway, back to your link.

This was really touching.

My favorite part: And the doors slowly opened. Camoflauge poured through them.

Thank you. And thank you to your son for her service.

And thank you for reminding us how much sacrifice is still happening all around us.

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