Imagine that you find every last ounce of courage you possess. You are expecting one response, the only response that will satisfy your needs. Your request is denied and you are filled with unhappiness. Everyone has had a specific desire at some point in his or her life. When you have a longing, you are often forced to question someone to find the answer you need. For example, you may have to ask your teacher whether you passed the exam or not. The point is it is often difficult to approach someone when you are unsure how he or she will respond. Tom Sawyer, the main character in: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, wished to re-acquaintance himself with his previous girlfriend, Becky Thatcher. He approached her and apologized to her for his previous actions and asked her if she would like to continue to see him. Becky proclaimed, “I’ll thank you to keep yourself TO yourself, Mr. Thomas Sawyer. I’ll never speak to you again.” Tom was crushed because he was not expecting a response anywhere remotely close to this. He was so ready for her acceptance, but none came. This scene in Tom Sawyer triggered a memory of my own when I was younger. I was awaiting the knowledge of whether I had my made a certain sports team in my town. One evening, I was in the supermarket when I saw the coach of the team I was trying out for. I could feel the adrenalin pumping in my veins as I approached the coach, I thought to myself, this is it, and you’re about to make the best baseball team in the whole sate! I approached the Coach and asked him whether or not I had been selected. He responded, “Sam, unfortunately, you are not going to be a member of my team this year, I know this must be hard to hear, I’m sorry.” I was shocked and rattled and I could not comprehend what he had said. I was so emotionally ready for the positive response, but I had not stopped to think of the possibility of being cut and I ended up being disappointed. For me, it is important to remember that you never can predict exactly what you are going to hear and you need to ready and equipped with the tools of dealing with difficult news.
Hi! I’m Sam Breault! I’m 15 and I attend the Fenn school.