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Jenna was excited that her mom was going to be a part of the 4H meeting.  She was coming in to bake cookies with the girls.  Other activities were going on with Mrs.  Struckman.   The girls assembled and Mrs. Struckman gave  them an overview of the meeting. Jenna’s  mom was not there when the meeting began.  Mrs.  Struckman asked Jenna if her mom was coming and she responded, “Yes as far as I know.”  Mrs.  Struckman pursed her lips and instructed Jenna to go upstairs and call her mom. Jenna’s head hung as she trudged upstairs, the girls watching her leave.  The phone was in a room with a huge floor to ceiling window.  Jenna called her mom.  Her dad answered.  She asked, “Is mom coming?”  Dad said, “No, she’s “sick”.  Jenna hung up the phone and stared out the window thinking she couldn’t bear to tell Mrs. Struckman and the girls that her mom was not coming.   She stared out  the window contemplating jumping out the window and running away.  Jenna did not want to face the disapproving looks of the girls and Mrs. Struckman. With a sinking feeling Jenna realized once again it was another example of when her mom had not come through.


About showgem

I am a wife, a mother, a fifth grade writing teacher, a sister, a daughter, a sibling, an aunt, a cousin, a friend, a co-worker, a yoga practitioner, a learner, a reader and a writer.
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