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Monday 4 February 2013


Friend of Andrew McNaughton Nick Wilford @ Scattergum Scribblings is holding his first Blog Hop. He is asking participants to post a 500 word flash fiction with the theme 'Overcoming Adversity'.

 So here is my entry!

Suzie always tried her hardest in everything she attempted to do, but with her depleted motor skills she found some tasks almost impossible to complete.

Being a student with special needs did not deter her from volunteering for the various committees the students were allowed to partake in.  She gave up a lot of her free time to help others, even though she struggled with her own issues.

Her teachers wished that some of her peers who were far more capable would partake in supporting others with the drive and passion Suzie held.

One day during Art class, where it was necessary for her to use fine motor skills to complete a specific task, she became frustrated and lost control.  Her fellow students were shocked and her Art teacher stood looking on in surprise, dumbfounded by her tantrum.

A boy who sat up the back of the room came forward and took Suzie’s hand, gently coaxing her from the floor.  He led her to the easel and carefully placed the brush in her fingers and gently persuaded her to continue with her work, guiding her hand precisely through the task.

Suzie was ecstatic to see the fine detail of her work and gave James a high five.  They were both smiling as were her classmates and teacher.  For the rest of the year James helped Suzie to perfect the use of her brush, teaching her the techniques needed to perform the delicate tasks.  

James took the challenge head on, quietly helping Suzie to achieve the results expected from the rest of the class.  By the end of the year she had completed all of her requested Art Assignments and had produced some amazing work with the ongoing support from her fellow classmate, James.

On awards night she was presented a special award for Art excellence, which she accepted humbly, stating that without the help of her friend James, it would not have been possible.  

James was asked onto the stage and was also presented with a Community Spirit award for helping Suzie to achieve the results she did.

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Stina said...

That's a sweet story. And one that is familiar for one of my sons. He used to struggle a lot with his fine motor skills.

J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, Carolyn,
Frustration can and does lead out to meltdowns and like you showed, it' great to have helping hands around. Totally realistic take.

~Sia McKye~ said...

nice to see you doing this and a story that fits. :-)

I'm not much for doing flash fiction and admire those that can pop it out there.

Nick Wilford said...

A lovely, inspiring story, Carolyn. It gives an insight into the nature of friendship and the amazing things that can be achieved through it. I don't think Suzie would ever have asked for help, but I'm glad she accepted it!

Thank you for taking part!

Unknown said...

Great story, CM, and a fine addition to Nick's efforts. :-) Trying to make the rounds to everyone today, and to fight off the tears. (I've read so many touching entries so far, including yours.)

Nicole said...

What a heartwarming story!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

All it takes is one person to make a difference to someone else.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

They did it together!

michelle said...

A wonderful example of beating the odds through perseverance together with ongoing moral support...

Unknown said...

Stina - Thanks for the visit and the comment.

J.L. - Frustration in anyone can lead to meltdowns, me included!

Nick - It was a pleasure to be a part of your blog hop, for such a moving and important reason.

E.J. - Thank you for stopping by!

Nicole - I am glad you liked it.

L. Diane - You comment is very true!

Alex - Everyone needs a little help sometimes!

Kelley Lynn said...

Ooo, I really like this. What a great entry!

Melissa said...

That's such a sweet story. :)

Unknown said...

Kelley - Thanks for the lovely comment!

Melissa - Thanks Melissa.

Ciara said...

I'm not sure if my last comment went through. I received an error. :(
I loved your flash fiction. The way you tied the community service with a child who was so giving was amazing. Loved it.

Trisha said...

Aww, James is a sweetie! Nice story. :)

Elise Fallson said...

This is so sweet, <3 James for helping Suzie, and glad she didn't give up. (:

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Carolyn,

Very heartwarming story.... The frustration was clearly felt.

Unknown said...

Ciara - Thanks!

Trisha - Nice of you to stop by, glad the story touched you.

Elise - Thanks, yes the help was important.

Michael - Thanks for the comment Michael.

M Pax said...

I can relate to Suzie's tantrum. Sweet story that James was there to come to the rescue.

Krista McLaughlin said...

Such a sweet and heartwarming story! Brought tears to my eyes.

Unknown said...

Such an uplifting story of helping others. Beautiful entry! :)

Sally said...

A great story, showing compassion from others.

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