A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 174, Saturday
June 23rd, 2018
Chapter Six: Quietude
For Kathy to get along she learned to be silent, to listen, to wait, to let the others fail. She had to be content that she knew the answers and had to resist the temptation to seek the rewards of praise.
She would not assert herself. She did everything she could to divert attention away from herself, she sought only the private recognition of her teachers.
She could not insert herself into the activities of her peers (she had none), she could not correct them, or provide the right answer to problems that were proposed in public settings to her classmates.
She learned to experience success as a personal matter, only harkening to the applause that came from within.
She was quiet.
She turned in flawless work.
She reacted negatively to her teachers when they tried to highlight her talents, her knowledge and skills.
This was difficult for her.
Like any child she loved praise, but she had to force herself to eschew it.
More than praise from her teachers, she wanted friends
The other children in her classes with her did not like her, they did not like the she looked at them, looked through them. They knew intuitively that she was beyond them.
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