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Disappointment Story Per Brenda’s 28th Prompt

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Disappointment

Her protruding lip with downcast blue eyes and long curls covering most of her face let the other people in the room know Cheryl was upset again. She wanted the lead role in the play, but Miss Stacy chose Jennifer. Cheryl was used to getting her way as she was the only child of pampering parents with too much dough. “Mama Mia” was the chosen play for the seniors.

Cheryl finally looked up with daggers shooting from her eyes as she glared at Jennifer’s smiling face, then she noticed an angelic glow around Jennifer’s head. Cheryl immediately left the room and headed to the school’s office. She told the older woman behind the counter that she was sick and needed to go home.

“I called my mother, and she is on the way to pick me up,” Cheryl whined.

“Okay, your mother will have to sign you out when she gets here, as usual.”

About ten minutes later an attractive woman in a pricey black business suit entered the office. She went up to the desk without speaking to anyone and signed the form. The school staff knew exactly who she was. She glared at her daughter and said, “Let’s go.”

Once they were in the car Cheryl’s mother looked at her and said, “Sweetheart, I am a little tired of picking you up in the middle of the day.”

“I have a terrible headache, Mom.”

“Sure you do. I suppose you didn’t get your way over something. I am getting tired of this, Cheryl. You go to school to learn. That is all!” she stated firmly.

Cheryl started to cry. “Turn off the tears young lady. I have had enough. We will talk about your headache tonight.”

They rode in silence the rest of the way home, finally pulling into the driveway of their large cream-colored stucco home. Cheryl jumped out of the care and headed to her bedroom in a fit of self pity.

Her mother yelled after her, “Stay in your room until I get home. I am going back to work.”

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Parental Guidance Attempt

That evening after they ate dinner in silence, Cheryl’s mother and father were ready for a conversation. They instructed her to stay seated at the table. Her tall, handsome father took off his glasses and set them on the table.

“Cheryl, you can’t just say you have a headache and leave school anytime you get upset about something. You are going to school to learn.”

“But, Dad, I did have a headache. I wanted to be Sophie in the play because it is the starring role, and Jennifer got it!” Cheryl exclaimed as tears started rolling down her cheeks.

“Cheryl, you can’t always get what you want. I’m sure Jennifer deserves that role, and face it my dear, she may be more suited for the role than you.”

Cheryl jumped up and said, “No, she’s not! I wanted to be the star of the play!”

“Sit down young lady. We will have no more outbursts like that,” her father said in his loud, firm voice.

Cheryl sat with her head hanging down.

Her mother said, “Sit up Cheryl, and quit acting like a spoiled brat. You know sometimes we do not get what we want, but you have to accept the disappointments and move on.”

Cheryl sat up as instructed and glared at her mother. Her mother in a quieter voice said, “You are not to call me anymore for a headache or any lame excuse in the middle of the school day. Even if you don’t get your way you are to stay in school the entire day.”

Her father chimed in and said, “Do you understand? You will lose privileges and be grounded if we have any more problems with you.”

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The Following Day

The next day Cheryl went to practice for the play. Cheryl had a minor role, but she figured it was better than nothing even though she still felt upset.

During the practice Jennifer walked over to her and said, “I know you wanted the role of Sophie, but so did I.”

“I know,” mumbled Cheryl as she kept her head down again.

A few minutes later Miss Stacy walked over to her and said, “I am glad you are here Cheryl. You have a role to play. You are just as important in your role as Jennifer is in hers. Life has disappointments and we don’t always get what we want. But, you can enjoy life as it happens anyway. A play is only good if we all work together,” she stated as she looked searchingly at Cheryl.

Cheryl looked up at her and said “I am glad to be here, Miss Stacy.”

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Attitude Assessment

© 2021 Pamela Oglesby

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 06, 2021:

Hi Swati,

You summed up the point of this article quite well.

I appreciate your comments. Have a good week!

Swati Sharma from India on September 06, 2021:

A very nice story, life always gives us something or the other, so we should always be happy and never be disappointed.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 04, 2021:

Pamela, you're welcome.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 04, 2021:

Thank you, Miebakagh.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 04, 2021:

Yes, team work is a star!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 04, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

Thank you for posting the story in the word prompt article. I deleted the other post.

The message in this story is exactly what you wrote as I believe the world would be a better place if we could all work together.

Everyone is s star in their own way.

I appreciate your comments, as always. Have a wonderful weekend!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 03, 2021:

Pamela

In your story you tell us about a young girl, Cheryl, who is used to getting her way.

She is disappointed not getting the lead in the school play & has her Mom pick her up from school early.

Her parents are fed up with her acting like a spoiled brat, always wanting her way.

They try talking to her.

They tell her she can no longer call them during the middle of a school day to get released early.

She must remain in school even if she is disappointed or face being grounded.

The next day Cheryl goes to school and stays to practice her minor role in the school play.

Her teacher, Miss Stacy tells her that her role in the play is just as important as the leading one.

They all need to work together to make it good.

To enjoy life as it happens, despite any disappointments.

Pamela

This is a great lesson letting us know that we are all stars.

Each part we play is unique.

I have posted a link in the word prompt article.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2021:

Thank youfoer your comments, Peggy.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2021:

Hi Peggy,

Your are so right. Not everyone can be the star, yet they are all stars in a way. It does take many people to make a play.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 03, 2021:

Perhaps Cheryl finally learned a valuable lesson. Not everyone can be the star attraction, yet it takes many people to make a success in plays and many other life experiences.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

That's fine. I appreciate it. You can always wait until you have time as I know you get to everyone when you can.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 03, 2021:

Pamela

I posted the link in the word prompt article & I will get back with you later .

I haven't had time to read this one yet.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2021:

Hi Vidya,

Working together is an important part of the message n that story as I also think that is so true. "All are stars in their own way" is true also.

I very much appreciate your thoughtful comments, Vidya. I am glad you enjoyed the story and believe it is a good response to Brenda's prompt.

VIDYA D SAGAR on September 03, 2021:

A great story Pamela and a wonderful response to Brenda's word prompt. Miss Stacy's words are so true, every person's role is important and things go on smoothly when all work together. All are stars in their own way. I enjoyed reading this story. Thanks for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

I am glad you see this as an engaging story. I am so glad you enjoyed reading it and consider it a good response to Brenda's prompt.

I hope you are happy and smiling. I am sending a lot of love back to you. Be blessed, Misbah!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on September 03, 2021:

Pamela, what a Lovely writing!! Very Beautiful and engaging story. I enjoyed reading it very much. It is a great response to Brenda's Prompt. Loved it!!! Take care and I am sending you lots of Love. Stay happy and keep smiling.

Blessings always!!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

I am glad you liked the story. I agree with you. Children must be created by parents and teachers. It was really a little late for this girl, but better late than never.

I am also glad you like this story as a response to Brenda's prompt.

Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2021:

Hi Manatita

I am glad you found the story interesting. Thank you for your comments.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 03, 2021:

A well written story, and a wonderful response to the word prompt, Star.

I liked the message, which is conveyed through this story. The children must be explained and corrected, by the parents and teachers, the very first time, they do something wrong. It’s not so difficult to make them understand, the difference between the right and the wrong behaviour.

Thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed reading it.

manatita44 from london on September 03, 2021:

An interesting one from you, Pamela. Lovely!!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2021:

Hi Shauna,

I am glad you enjoyed the story. I agree that when a teacher gives you that type of advice you will always remember her.

Thank you so much for your comments. Happy Friday!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 03, 2021:

Pamela, I love the message here: that each of us plays an important role in life. I think Cheryl will remember Miss Stacy's words for the rest of her life and remember the woman who influenced her in a positive way.

Great story with an important moral!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2021:

Hi John,

Your words are s true.We can't all be stars, and I never felt a particular need to be a star like the girl in the story. Tantrums don't pay off!

I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2021:

Hi Miebakagh,

I am glad you like the story. Parents an teachers can teach a child the right way to behave.

Thank you for your comments. I always appreciate them.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 03, 2021:

An interesting story, Pamela. The lesson is clear, that we can’t always get what we want, but you have to move on and try something else rather than throw a tantrum or mope. We can’t all be stars.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 03, 2021:

At times, the fault is not in us but in our stars. Though that is noted, but it is not well realize when it is at work. So a third party had to come in to help. Here are teachers and parents wade in to prevent a nevous breakdown. The story is a lovely read that ends well.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2021:

Hi Bill,

I am sure you had plenty of girls like this one as I remember a few when I went to school. It was frustrating. I am glad you enjoyed the story.

I appreciate your comments. Happy Friday!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 03, 2021:

It's nice to see a story response to Brenda's challenge. I enjoyed the story. I taught a few girls like Cheryl during my teaching career. Unfortunately, all too often, the parents bought into the act and allowed and enabled it. Grrrrrr!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2021:

Hi Flourish,

This gal does not need to be an only child to act that way. I'm sorry you know her. LOL!

Parents need to look at the reward structure as they are ultimately responsible. I hope it wasnipped in the bud.

Thank you for your comments.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 03, 2021:

I think I know that young lady, but she's not an only child. I hope Cheryl's parents are aware of their own roles in reinforcing her behaviors up to this point. They created this reward structure and the headache excuse. Glad it was nipped in the bud finally.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

I am glad you liked the story, and you clearly see the moral of the story.

I hoped Cheryl would learn a life lesson. That is always a goal parents have for their children.

Thank you so much for your comments. I am glad you think this story is a good response to Brenda's prompt.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2021:

Hi Liz,

I'm glad you think there is enough detail as I am not so surr of myself. I am glad you found the story interesting also.

I appreciate your comments. Happy Friday!

Rosina S Khan on September 03, 2021:

This interesting short story certainly had a moral. Cheryl wanted to be the star of the school play but she wasn't given the role, and she underwent unruly behavior and disappointment.

I think her parents and Miss Stacy helped her to teach the lesson that we don't always get what we want and should be happy with our own lot.

Great creative response to Brenda's prompt, "Star". I loved it all and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing, Pamela.

Liz Westwood from UK on September 03, 2021:

This is a well-written and interesting narrative based on the prompt. It runs like a film through my head. You have given enough detail for the reader to picture the scenes and the characters.

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