Debbie Takes a Stand

Debbie Bartell came home from school one afternoon to find her mother standing outside the door.

"Great news Debbie!" Mrs Bartell said with a huge grin. "I've signed you up for gymnastics lessons every Sunday! How great is that?"

Debbie had had enough of her mother signing her up for every after-school activity! Every Monday was piano lessons, Tuesday was ballet, Wednesday was Girls Scouts, Thursday was ice-skating, Friday was tennis lessons, Saturday mornings were art classes and the afternoons were dramatic lessons. That was the last straw!

"NO!" Debbie shouted at her mother "I don't want to take any more of your crappy lessons!"

Mrs Bartell was shocked at the tone her daughter was giving her.

"I only want what's best for you Debbie." Mrs Bartell said.

"The only reason I took these dumb lessons was to make YOU happy! I never get to see any of my friends after school or on the weekend all because of these DUMB LESSONS! I'm sick of it!" Debbie shouted. After all these years, Debbie finally decided to get some backbone and tell her mother how she really felt.

"Deborah Bartell! You will not address me in that kind of tone!" Mrs Bartell snapped.

"Piano, ballet, dramatic lessons, tennis lessons and certainly gymnastics can all be gone!" Debbie said, not listening to her mother.

"You are ungrateful Debbie! I give you all these lessons and this is the thanks I get?" Mrs Bartell said.

"It's over Mother!" Debbie said, before storming to her bedroom and slamming the door.

Mrs Bartell just stood there and cried.