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Topic: BRAG (04/20/17)
TITLE: A Proud Moment
By Ken Grant
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Later, he emerged from the locker room and as he did so he noticed his mom waiting for him. She showed up for every game. She had done so since the very beginning when he hadn't been very good and had wanted to quit. She had persuaded him to keep at it and now all of his hard work and suffering had paid off. As he approached, though, he noticed that she did not look happy. When he stopped in front of her it was clear that she was upset about something.
"What's wrong, mom?"
"Are you proud of that display you put on at the end?"
Roberto wasn't sure how to respond. He was proud of what he had done. He was the best and he had showed it on the court.
"Yeah," Roberto replied cautiously.
"I have never been so embarrassed."
"What are you talking about, mom?"
"I raised you better than that."
"Than what? You aren't making any sense."
"Strutting about like that. Drawing attention to yourself. Acting like you won the game all by yourself. It was terrible."
"Please tell me why, mom."
Something changed in his mom's facial expression. She began to look less mad and more confused.
"You really don't know why what you did was wrong do you?"
"Being proud is a sin. It isn't right to make yourself the center of attention."
"But I'm good. I'm the best."
"It doesn't matter."
"Well, it should."
Roberto walked in silence next to his mom. She had taken the best moment of his life and robbed it of its joy. He had been so sure that she would be happy for him. He had worked hard to become as good as he was. It just wasn't fair.
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