I chatted with the Little Murdo Girl over the weekend. I was hoping to provide a little more structure as she strives to improve her writing skills. We also talked about the content of her papers. I told her to think about the things she is most interested in, and write about them. She said she was very interested and motivated to help Murdo and it’s residents in any way possible. In fact, she said she had already helped one person…I got this paper today.
I would like to add something to what you’re about to read. The object of the cousins misguided advice, turned out to be a motivated, strong, and intelligent person. Although he has plenty to brag about, he lets his actions speak for him.
There’s a kid in our class that everyone really likes, but he has one annoying habit. Mark and I decided we should help him out, so we had a talk with him.
I want to tell you something first. The lady says I have to be careful about what I say, so I don’t hurt someone’s feelings. I would never want to do that. She also told me that even though I have been writing about Murdo people all this time, there are currently no lawsuits pending. She’s happy about that, because she wants to visit Murdo this summer, and she doesn’t want to be run out of town.
Anyway, this kid I’m writing about is almost perfect, except he brags too much. We met with him under the trees by Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and had a talk. First, we told him all the good stuff like, you’re smart, good-looking, and so on and so forth. Then we told him if he could just quit bragging so much, he would be perfect.
We told him we’re pretty good at helping people, and we don’t mind that it will use up a lot of our time. I think he understood that we were there to help, and he probably really wanted to be perfect.
Next, we decided that we needed to come up with a code, so when we’re with a bunch of kids, and he starts bragging a lot, we’ll just say the code word. That will remind him not to brag. We decided we were going to hang around him most of the time at first, then gradually we’d be able to taper off as he learned to recognize when he was bragging and stop himself.
We needed a code word, and Mark suggested Z. We figured no one would connect the dots, because Z and bragging are nothing alike. We put our plan in place immediately.
Later on that day, we were jumping on the pogo sticks between the Bork’s house and Mark’s house. We decided to take a break and have some orange Kool-aid.
It wasn’t long before the bragging started. Mark said Z first, and then I said Z. Someone said, “Z what?” Mark said, “Z nothing.” We thought it worked, because the bragging stopped, but in about five minutes, he started talking about how smart he is. I really wanted to be first this time, so I jumped up and said, “Z.” When I jumped, I spilled orange Kool-aid all over the white (with an orange and black design), sweatshirt the Lindquist girls got me for Christmas.
Later, I was on a pogo stick, and the Z kid was jumping on one too. We were jumping close enough so we could talk. I was starting to like him more, and I forgot to notice if he was bragging.
Right when I was in the middle of thinking about all of this, Grandpa Sanderson came out the door and hollered for me. He said, “Mary, you’re supposed to go right home. You’re going to California.”
Before I knew it, Mom and I were on our way to California. I was so worried about flying over the ocean, I didn’t remember I still had my white (with the orange and black design) sweatshirt on until we got to my aunt’s house and Mom noticed the orange Kool-aid stain.
I can’t say for sure if our plan worked or not. Mark had to do it by himself while I was gone for a couple of weeks, and he didn’t want all that responsibility. Besides that, when I got home, the Z kid had found some other friends, so we weren’t around him very much.
I still think it’s a good idea that can be used for people of all ages. So, if you have a friend that has an annoying habit, you might want to try it.
Oh.. If anyone reading this thinks they know who the Z kid is, you don’t. If you don’t believe me and you’re still pretty sure you know who it is, hang around him for a while. If he starts to brag, say “Z,” and see what he does.