Roll with it!

When Elena finished reading the news, she sighed and leaned back in her chair.

Oy, why do I read this stuff?

Her mind traveled backward in time.  She stood as a little girl in the middle of her elementary school’s playground, watching the happenings around her.  The push and shove of the schoolyard scraps, the bullies taunting and teasing, the swings occupied only by the biggest kids, and the jungle-gym where mysterious accidents happened all too often.  

Elena then heard her mama’s voice, “Don’t fear, little one. Things have a way of working their way out in the end.”

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This story 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’re to write a 100-word story.  The photo this week was provided by Trish Nankivell.  

If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, visit here.

Stay safe, stay well!

44 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Let’s hope Mama is right

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    1. Truly! Thanks for commenting, Neil. =)

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  2. James McEwan says:

    Oh Elena,
    Are you going to spend your life collecting points as you reek revenge on those bullies. Gym accidents indeed.

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    1. Elena’s just tired of the news (worldwide) that reminds her of her younger days and the schoolyard scraps and bullies. She’s hoping her mama’s words come true. I think “Elena” needs to take a break from reading the news for a while though. =) Thanks so much for reading and commenting, James!

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      1. James McEwan says:

        Yes, I discourage my mother from watching the constant repetition of the news.

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  3. JT Twissel says:

    So true – bullies generally don’t come to good ends.

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    1. Indeed. Thanks, Jan, for commenting. I hope you are well! =)

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  4. Ann Coleman says:

    They certainly do!

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting, Ann! I hope you have a very nice weekend. =)

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  5. plaridel says:

    unfortunately, bullies are part of growing up. been there, done that.

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    1. I’m so sorry, Plaridel, that there were bullies in your life. I hope you have healed from that experience. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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      1. plaridel says:

        unfortunately, i had my share. here’s one episode that i wrote in my blog:

        https://wp.me/p6FwZ-kq

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      2. I will certainly read this tomorrow and comment there. Again, I’m so sorry. Hope you have a nice weekend.

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  6. Nobbinmaug says:

    Those grown-up bullies are so much worse and make for many depressing headlines.

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    1. They certainly are and do! Unfortunately, they are not going away, so I think I need to take a news break. It’s depressing for sure. Thank you so much for commenting. Have a nice weekend!

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  7. draliman says:

    I guess the school playground does prepare you for grown-up life (he said cynically) 🙂

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    1. I wish it weren’t the case, but sadly so it seems. We can seek help as adults for those who demonstrate bully behavior and make a wide berth most of the time. But, it’s awful when bully behavior is demonstrated in our leaders (worldwide). Sorry…on a tangent! Thanks so much for stopping by, Ali, and enjoy the rest of your weekend! =)

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  8. Tannille says:

    Great words from Mumma. It’s sad that bullying still occurs in the adult world. Bullying as a kid made me a stronger adult. Words from strangers don’t get under my skin (ok, every now and then). Sticks and stones. I hate nasty in all forms.

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    1. I’m so sorry for that, T! Words do hurt, and I, like you, despise nasty in all its forms. Thank you for commenting and hope you are doing well.

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  9. Iain Kelly says:

    It doesn’t help that some of our recent leaders seem to have learned their politics as the school yard bullies. Good one.

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    1. Exactly, Iain! That thought is what prompted me to write this story. I didn’t communicate it that well, though. =) Being a Hong Kong resident, living in France, with a US passport I read news from all over and it is depressing! I need to take a break for a while. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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  10. Dear Brenda,

    It’s just that the bullies are older and the battles are bigger. We can hope things will work themselves out without too many “accidents.” Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Exactly so! Thanks so much for commenting, Rochelle. =)

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  11. subroto says:

    It’s not just the kids, workplace bullying is rife too, though the education must start at school. Only awareness of what consistutes unacceptable behaviour will end it. Attitudes are changing but it will take time.

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    1. Creating a safe school environment where bullying is not tolerated certainly will go a long way to help. And, the same goes for the workplace. But, sadly, child bullies often grow up to be adult bullies. Thank you so much for commenting!

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  12. Sadly, for many things don’t work out in the end but I hope for Elena they do. I have a news-free day on Sunday’s and it’s always the happiest day of my week!

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    1. Me too! What a great idea to have a news free day each week. I’m sure it would be my happiest as well. Thanks Keith for stopping by! =)

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  13. Poignant words as you unfolded the abuse. Mom’s try to heal the boo – boo’s but we can’t always achieve it.
    Just passed a Mom two days ago, with a crying teen (about 14) as I walked to my dentist office. He kept saying ,”He bullied me so I let him have it.” She told him to tell this to teacher when she went in to speak to her. I wanted to stay and hear more. I know – terrible. It’s just that this made me aware that this is still occurringl. When will it stop? Great read …
    Be Safe 😷 … Isadora 😎

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    1. I would have wanted to hear as well, Isadora. It’s very sad that bullying continues. I despise bully behavior at any age. Thank you very much for your kind comment on the writing of the story. I appreciate you encouragement as always. I hope you are doing well. Take care! =)

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      1. To be honest, I was interested in how the mother was going to handle the teacher and her son, once inside. The teen was outside waiting for his mom when she walked up to him. I guess the teacher told him to leave. I’m on the same page with bullying.
        I know what it’s like. I was the only brown child in my 16 student elementary class. They teased me about my hair and skin color. I’m passed it all but, at the time, it was awkward for me in school.
        I’m staying safe … have a great week.
        Isadora 😎

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      2. I’m so sorry to hear that happened to you, Isadora. Glad you are past it, but I know it must have been difficult. Happy you are staying safe. =)

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  14. notestowomen says:

    Nice one, Brenda and her mother was right. Things do have a way of working out in the end.

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    1. Thanks so much. Let’s hope they do work out! =)

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  15. Nicely told, Brenda, I like the comparison of world affairs to those of the play ground. I’ve always hoped things would work out but we seem to be waiting a long time.

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    1. I’m so glad you got the comparison. I often think of it as I watch the way “leaders” conduct themselves. We have indeed been waiting too long. Thanks so much for commenting. =)

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  16. granonine says:

    What sad memories poor Elena has. I hope her mother’s wisdom will sustain her.

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    1. Me too. Thanks so much for commenting, Linda! =)

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  17. msjadeli says:

    Truly heartwarming story that ends on a positive note. It’s not easy to understand as a kid or on the receiving end of those bullies and “accidents” and many don’t recover from it. Sounds like she had a supportive mom to get her through and that carried over into her adulthood ways of coping.

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    1. Yes, indeed. She had her mother’s love and her voice when she felt down. Thanks so much for commenting. =)

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re very welcome.

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  18. They certainly do. Some of the bullies wind up in prison, those predicted to succeed fail, and those whom weren’t expected to amount to much become leaders.

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    1. I like the way you put that, Russell. So true! Thank you for commenting. =)

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