Abby glanced from Lizzy to her mother. Her voice rose. “Mama, is Lizzy chubby or fat?”
Lizzy watched with rounded eyes, waiting to hear the pronouncement from Abby’s mother.
“Oh, Abby. Lizzy is both chubby and fat.” Abby and her mother broke into mouth-wide-open laughter as they sauntered away. Tears pooled in Lizzy’s eyes. She blinked hard and dropped her gaze to the floor. Her mother knelt before her and lifted her chin.
“Never mind them, you are beautiful.”
But, a whisper of doubt was planted deep in Lizzy’s heart.
Sadly, this story is based on a conversation I overheard in the locker room after my swim the other day. The two little girls were only around five-years-old.
May we never be cruel but always kind!
This piece is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we are to write a 100-word story. This week’s photo was contributed by J. Hardy Carroll. If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, visit HERE.