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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Patience (08/21/08)

TITLE: Prudance and Patience


Prudence was a very patient woman. Why, she had been taught from the very beginning the importance of being patient from her parents and so throughout her life she developed and refined patience, almost to the point of perfection and annoyance to many.

As a child she always made sure to wait on her friends, family and others and whenever she felt “put upon” by anyone, she was reminded by her mother that, “Prudence, all good things in life come only when you’re patient and kind with others!” And, so she listened attentively and kept those words alive.

That is, until one November day when as a young woman, she found herself waiting on a friend of hers, a young woman by the name of Katrina. Katrina was just the opposite of Prudence. She was an impetuous woman, who wanted the very best out of life and she wanted it, now!

Well, that November day Prudence was waiting on Katrina to make up her mind about going back to college with her. They were to be roommates at Ohio Central College and a decision had to be made, soon.

Prudence had been waiting over a month and by her standards was getting a bit “ticked off” by Katrina’s off-handed way of waiting till the last minute.

Well, in her mind, time was up! Today was D-Day! She needed to know and she would find out, no matter the cost!

The two always met on Saturday for shopping and running errands, so this would be prime time to talk with her about the matter.

They met at the shopping mall as usual around 10 and began their shopping. Around 12 they stopped for lunch and that is when Prudence brought up the matter.

After enjoying a nice salad she said, “Katrina, we need to get going on our plans for college. If we wait much longer, we’re not going to be able to get in. I need to know if you still want to go and if we can be roommates.”

Katrina was fiddling with her lemonade, dropping in more sugar and looked around the mall, as if trying to avoid the question. Clearly, she felt uncomfortable with the question.

“Prude…you know how much I want to go but I’m not sure if I can…” Her eyes began to wander all over the cafeteria and she looked like she wanted to run…

“Kat, something is bothering you. Please tell me. We’ve been friends for a long time and I know that you want to go. Is someone or some “thing” preventing you from making a decision?”

Katrina looked sad, with her head down. So sad in fact that Prudence thought that her friend was ill.

Katrina continued, “Prude, I didn’t want to say anything because I wasn’t sure how you would take it but I guess it’s time to ‘fess up.’”

She continued, avoiding all the time looking her friend in the eye. “Prude, I just don’t think I can handle the pressure—the books, instructors and taking notes! I just don’t think I have what it takes to do it…”

As her friend talked, she began to form some ideas in her mind on how to respond.

“Kat, I hear what you’re saying and I want you to know that I have those same doubts, too! But, you know what? We can help each other and especially since we’re taking the same courses in Psychology, we can make sure that we’re both on track and we can also work on assignments together. It won’t be easy but with hard work and God’s help, we’ll make it!”

Katrina listened and as she heard her friend’s words, she began thinking that yes, maybe it just might work.

They continued on with the conversation, coming to the conclusion that they would give it their best efforts. So often, as with this case, patience is so worth it!

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Jan Ackerson 08/29/08
Good story for teens to read--that's such a difficult time of life!

A few minor things: a misspelling in the title, perhaps a few too many exclamation points in the narrative, and a POV switch at the end....all very minor and easily fixed.

I'd love to see this in a teen curriculum, it'd be a great discussion-starter.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/29/08
In this story, very appropriate for teens, I like how you showed Prudence's patience and good advice for Katrina.