If you can’t lick them, then… go around them
All that day long, Camila, was very thoughtful, pondering and analyzing different options. Finally, she decided, and quietly waited till it was supper time. That Saturday, like all other Saturdays, the family had an early dinner and would enjoy a quiet evening, together at the table. However, Camila was silent during the meal, and she didn’t participate at all, not even with her gaze. Her mother observed her once and a while, from the corner of her eye, but without remarking.
Once she had finished eating, and taking advantage of a moment of silence, Camila addressed her Father in a respectful but firm tone.
“Sir, I have been thinking about how to collaborate better with my share of tasks here at the farm. If you have no objection, I have decided to forget about my reading, for as you have shown me, this paper world is but a distraction from the real world, the important world of chickens and corn. So, I’ve decided that starting next Monday, I can also forget about school, which is such a waste of time. Reading, writing and thinking are childish activities and they distract me from my most important responsibilities.”
Camila’s parents were shocked. The child, had, in fact, shown that she was firmly determined in her plans. Her mother was about to reply, but before she could talk, Camila continued by adding:
“Of course, if you would be kind enough to teach how to improve and be more productive, for I fear that I am too young and hardly capable of doing better on my own. If you will excuse me, I shall retire to dispose of my books.”
Without giving them a chance to react, Camila disappeared, retiring to her room, where she sat pensively. Meanwhile, a discussion began at the table:
“But, what kind of ideas have you been putting in that child’s head, Ma’am?”
“Oh! So now it’s my fault, how very considerate of you… blaming me for your mistakes! Who’s the one that’s always complaining that she has her head in the air?
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