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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2011
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"A Memorable Weekend" is a short story about a woman named Marge that agrees to host Alan, a Special Olympian for the weekend. Marge is confined to a wheelchair due to a progressive debilitating disease. She is also dealing with anger and depression. She has varied reasons for wanting to host Alan, but the main one was, she wanted someone who she could feel sorry for, someone worse off than her. As is often the case, when we give of ourselves, we often receive so much more in return. What exactly did Marge and Alan each receive? You'll find out when you read this wonderful short story that will make your heart smile!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2011
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A memorable weekend is a story about a weekend visit between a woman named Marge who is feeling trapped because of a debilitating illness and her assigned guest for the weekend Alan who is much younger, has more disabilities but has the optimism and joy of life Marge is lacking. There is a heart warming lesson in this story for all of us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2011
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This was a wonderful heartwarming short story. if you want something to read at lunch that will put you in a better mood, i recommend this. i am so glad i discovered John Brinling. I generally do not read short stories but found this one after reading Coffin Humor. I really enjoy his style and look forward to reading more from him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Well I personally liked this well written and bittersweet little story. As the plot has been very well done by a couple of other reviewers here, I will be brief as to that subject.

A lady has been struck-down with crippling arthritis; an invalid in reality. Her life has been more or less reduced to her apartment, house plants and painting. Her son and her friend and neighbor are her only real contacts with the outside world. There is a strong note of bitterness, anger and yes, self pity noted in this quickly developed character.

Her son has talked this lady into hosting a special Olympic athlete for the weekend. The entire short story covers only a few hours; the beginning hours of the weekend.

This is one of those stories that tell a story without the use of words. Often times a skilled writer can say more in the unsaid than that which is recorded. This is so in the case of this short work. In a few lines the reader, if they let themselves, can imagine an entire life time of this lady and with a little effort can project themselves into her situation; likewise with the special Olympian.

Now on a personal note relative to this story; I have been involved with the Special Olympics in the past and have spent quite a number of years working with the elderly and physically handicapped people of this world. I can assure you that this author has nailed his characters and situations and attitudes perfectly. He has done this with relatively few words; well chosen words I grant you, but never-the-less, few. This is a very good bit of skillful writing. I was able to connect quite well with this work on several levels.

I suspect that those who search for whistles and bells in their reading or are unfamiliar or unsympathetic with the emotional needs and dilemmas many people deal with each day may not have the ability to connect with this particular story. That is okay though, we are all individuals; different strengths, different life experiences, attitudes and such all have their effects.

For me, this was a good read written by a very skillful writer. It was more than worth my time reading it...and perhaps I even learned a bit from it.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a sad tale with a surprise ending. Marge Harper, mother of a 22 year old son, reluctantly agreed to host a Special Olympics boy of 18, Alan Miller. Marge was crippled from arthritis and confined to a wheelchair. She began to worry about her decision to host Alan. She felt very depressed. What did she know about the needs and joys of an 18 year old? She began to cry to her son, but he encouraged her, as did her friend, her next door neighbor Mary. The oath of the Special Olympics, she thought, is "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." "I am not like that at all," she worried.

Her son and her neighbor took her to the Olympics. She saw Alan Miller who had difficulty walking, and waved at him. He looked at her, but did not respond. He looked away. Marge was certain that once he saw who she was, because he certainly didn't know she was his host until she waived, and saw her in a wheelchair, he was sorry he would be with her for the weekend. Was she right? Why didn't Alan respond? What kind of weekend would the two of them have?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2011
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This is a very nice story about Marge, a woman whose arthritis has finally put her in a wheelchair and she is very bitter and angry about it. Her joints in her fingers grow larger and more painful, and painting and working with her houseplants is about all she can do. She has agreed to take on an Olympian, Alan, from the local area for the weekend, who also has some kind of physical challenge with which me must deal. As the time for him to arrive gets closer, Marge becomes more and more unsure of the decision she's made. Her son, Jed, and her friend and neighbor, Mary, try to encourage her, but she remains adamant that the boy won't like her and will see her as inadequate, and she fears she won't be able to do the job.

Finally the day rolls around and she meets her Olympian, whose event is Nordic skiing. Things go quite differently than she she expects, and when she sees the boy Alan out on the gym floor and also lighting the Olympic torch, she waves to him, but he doesn't wave back. Marge spends the rest of the ceremony in tears, until she finally meets Alan.

This is a very nice, warm story about people helping each other. It's also about how hard we are on ourselves when we don't need to be. We see ourselves one way and other people see us another. The story of Marge and Alan is heartwarming and nice, and I like the relationship, also, between Marge and her son, Jed. He is very helpful and respectful of his mother. Marge's friend helps to add a sense of humor and that helps Marge, too. A nice story for anyone to read, and especially if you're having a bad day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A short and simple story that can keep your attention for the 5 minutes it takes to read. This kind of story is geared to those looking for a warm, sappy sweet story. I was surprised to learn that special olympians would be hosted by themselves, with no family, in homes of strangers.

What I didn't like was that this was too sweet for me. I was also distracted by the font chosen and found it not easy to physically read. It was also typed like a homemade manuscript. But it was a good try and I'm sure some will enjoy getting warm fuzzies from reading this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2011
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I feel as if I read a different story than the other reviewers. This story is just ok. It is a feel-good story with an anticipated happy ending. The characters are fairly authentic and likeable but Marge Harper is predictable and her son is a little too saintly. This is not the story of a weekend of inspiring events but only a couple of hours on the first evening of the Special Olympics. The story is plausible and pleasant but there are no sweet surprises. There is nothing that stimulates the reader to think. It was not a story that brought a sparkle of a tear or conjured up a satisfied sigh. There really was nothing dramatic or inspirational that made this story all that special. It is a pleasant story but not a memorable one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2011
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So far I like the books Ive read of Brinling. This one is sweet and heart warming and not in a cheesy way.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2011
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I truly enjoyed this story. As a sufferer of Lupus, connective tissue disorder and fibromyalgia, I found myself relating to the main character. Although it was a short read, the author managed to capture all the thoughts and feelings you find yourself dealing with. Well written and inspiring...kudos to the author.
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