Pages

R is for Raine


A to Z Theme - Circle of Hope:
A serial story (written in six-sentence segments) involving twenty-six women living in the small Midwest town of Cottonwood Creek, their lives connected by the Women's Circle of the town's protestant church, Hope Christian Fellowship, to which they all belong.

Raine:
Raine, 40, ended up sitting next to Erica at the surprise baby shower for Denise being hosted by Hope Christian's Women's Circle, and it didn't take long for Erica to start with her typical line of conversation.  "Well this should be interesting," she whispered to Raine, "you know that Denise's mother-in-law is none too excited about this baby, so I wonder how she's going to act today."

Like most members of the Circle, Raine was weary of Erica's never-ending gossip. She gave Erica a direct look and responded "Well I certainly hope she'll put any of that aside and make this a really happy day for Denise, that's what we're here for!" 

Just then Alyssa arrived with Denise, who she'd convinced to go to lunch with her and then "drop by the church to pick up some table linens that needed washing."  Denise's eyes brimmed over with tears as she entered the dining room and encountered baby blue decorations, a host of warm greetings, a pile of wrapped gifts, and a beautifully decorated cake on a table near the door.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~
Read the stories of all the Circle of Hope women here.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~
An ever-growing list of links for the A-Z Challenge
blogs I'm following can be found on my sidebar. :-)
 

26 comments:

  1. Aw, what a lovely end to this episode. Let's hope it carries on that way!

    Another day in Amble Bay!
    o

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Josie! I love the dialogue between Raine and Erica. So life -like. Also, I am so happy to see Denise happy . You are a wonderful story teller.
    Love
    Moon
    https://aslifehappens60.wordpress.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Moon! I am telling this story as I see it unfolding, the way it would have likely happened in the small town where I grew up. Knowing everyone else was both a blessing and at times a curse. I like things to work out, and I think the ladies in this story for the most part do too!

      Delete
  3. I just found your blog from a comment you left on another a-z blog, so I'm jumping in in the middle. But - I like what I see! Have a blessed day!

    ----------

    Nancy

    Filled to Empty

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is kind of a rambling storyline, Nancy, you can catch up if you desire, but you could also just pick it up from here and get the general idea :-) Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  4. A very tactful way Raine has about her, and yet she got the point across.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I think she made the point that she had no interest in continuing that line of conversation, but she did it nicely. :-)

      Delete
  5. It is a full time job keeping that woman in line!
    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It most certainly is, she falls back into her bad habits so quickly!

      Delete
  6. Aw, looks like it's going to be a really nice party, as long as the gossip's kept to a minimum!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am hoping so for Denise's sake, Nick!

      Delete
  7. What a great idea for this challenge. You've definitely got that small town vibe working well.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Darcy! I grew up in a small town similar to this, I remember how it is. :-)

      Delete
  8. I can tell the whole town has had enough of Erica. Thank goodness there are some compassionate women in the Church Circle. I'm so glad Denise was surprised by the shower and I'm sure she is going to feel the love from the others around her.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. She clearly gets on their nerves at times. Some people just seem to thrive on sharing gossip, it makes them feel important to be "in the know", but sadly it causes so much hurt and damage. I was glad Raine shut her down without calling her out in front of everyone. I hope the shower turns out to be a memory Denise can cherish.

      Delete
  9. That was nice. This is the first time I'm stopping by and it made me want to go back and read the other enteries. Girl Who Reads

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I'm having fun weaving this little tale as we go along!

      Delete
  10. I do like the way this story ends today. Living in a small towns can be hard when everyone knows everyone else and all the goings on so well, but then small towns can also be such a circle of love and support in times of need. Well done, again.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, I like it when a mixed group of people can come together to support and celebrate someone in the community, I hope it in some way makes up for the not so good parts of living in small towns.

      Delete
  11. Yes like those before me I liked how today's story ended

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Jo-Anne, I wanted it to be a sentimental moment for Denise, she's really been needing some special love and attention!

      Delete
  12. I've been following your blog since last year. You are an engaging storyteller and this one is no different. Have a great weekend. Dropping by from the A to Z Challenge too! www.dianeweidenbenner.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Diane! I've had fun with this one, not a complex story but more a slice of small town life as I know it to be. Maybe we all can find one or two characters we can relate to.

      Delete
  13. Aww, I'm so happy for Denise! I hope she got some awesome baby gifts! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I bet she did, Vanessa, the best one of all just realizing how many people in the church and community care about her, and of course her mom coming to visit... awesome surprise!!

      Delete

Your comments are always appreciated... they make me smile! :-)