Linda heard the screen door protesting on its hinges and knew that Roy was home. She wore her biggest smile and waited for him to enter the room.
Almost as if he was carrying a bag of dejection, Roy appeared, glum and sorrowful. Linda’s heart sank but she didn’t show it. Instead, she called out in her squeakiest voice, ‘So, how was your first day?’
Roy flopped onto the dusty floor and replied, ‘Horrible! I never knew people could be so mean. Nobody greeted me. Nobody said hello and nobody even bothered to give me a smile!’
Linda had been prepared for this but waited for him to finish.
‘ People didn’t want me near them. They positively shooed me away when I tried to sit next to them. And I was really thirsty too! Really, mom, I don’t think it’s worth it. I quit. I think I will just die here, all alone.’
Now, Linda drew herself up to her full height, towered over Roy and said in a firm voice.’ Challenges are given to us so that we find ways to overcome them, Roy, not give up and throw in the towel at the first instance of defeat! Now, you go back out there and give it all you’ve got. Tomorrow. And the next day. And the day after that!’
‘Roy Jonathan Samuels! I will have none of it! What are you, a man or a mosquito?’
Flapping his wings in silent mutiny, Roy looked at his proboscis and muttered, ‘Yes, mom.’
NB: I am well aware that only female mosquitoes actually suck blood, but I am using the liberty of fictional license here 😉
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