Taking Chances

By: Shanzida Khandaker

“Mrs. Johnson, you need to give her some space, I know you’re worried, but excluding her from the rest of the group wont protect her. It was only one person that caused the problem, there is no point in blaming the ones who had nothing to do with it, and she needs to be able to communicate with her friends.”

“What if that Carry girl does something stupid and blames my daughter, even if she isn’t a part of it. Isn’t it safe to just keep her away from the girls that were there that day?”

“I understand where you’re coming from, but those girls were innocent, and they had nothing to do with it. It was just an unfortunate timing.”

“What if there is another unfortunate timing? What if she’s there the next time, what happens then? I’m not going to let my daughter talk to anyone that was in that incident, I’m not taking that chance.”

“Did you ever think that maybe it’s hurting her? That maybe she want’s to be able to talk to the people she has grown so close to?”

“I don’t care, I am her mother and I know what’s best for her.”

“Mrs. Johnson, think about this for a second. What if in the future she doesn’t have another choice, what if she has to deal with it the next time. If she doesn’t have practice, and she doesn’t know what to do except for running and hiding she will be in trouble.”

“She will be just fine, thank you very much. Now, if you will excuse me, I have things to do.”

“Alright, but Mrs. Johnson, remember one thing. You can’t always hid in the closet because you’re scared that the monster might come.”

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