Friday, July 13, 2012

Quiet Katie

Katie McGee was quiet. She was really quiet. She didn't speak to anybody except her Mom, her Dad, her little sister, Kristy and her best friend, Jessica Larsen. Even when she spoke to them, it was usually in a whisper.

Luckily, Katie and Jessica had always been in the same class. Whenever, Katie had to talk in class, she would whisper to Jessica and Jessica would repeat it to the class. None of the other kids ever heard Katie's voice. Most of the time, they didn't even notice that she was there, and Katie liked it that way.

Jessica was always trying to get Katie to talk more. "Katie," she said, "You would have a lot more fun at school if you talked to other kids besides me." Katie shook her head no. She was content with just Jessica.
Jessica, however, was not content with just Katie. She loved Katie and Katie was her best friend, but sometimes she played with some of the other kids too. Those times Katie sat alone with a book or something.

Katie's Mom and Dad worried about her. They tried to get Katie to talk more to. "Katie, " suggested her Mom. "Why don't you have a playdate this weekend?" Katie's face lit up at the suggestion.
"Great!," said her mother, "You can invite a few girls from school over on Saturday for lunch." Katie's smile immediately turned to a frown. She shook her head and whispered to Kristy.

"She only wants to invite Jessica." explained Kristy as Katie nodded vigorously.

Now, it was Mommy's turn to frown. "Don't you want to make some other friends, Katie?" she asked worriedly. "What if Jessica is busy or what if she is not in your class every year?" Katie shook her head, and then shook it again and again and again. No! No! No! No! She didn't care about any of that. She only wanted to be friends with Jessica.

So things went on like they were and Katie only talked to her family and Jessica. She was happy with that. Her parents continued to worry and so did Jessica, but that didn't matter to Katie.

One day after school, Katie was at the park with Kristy. The park was crowded and a lot of kids from school were there, but not Jessica. Jessica was away visiting her  grandparents. Katie sat on the bench quietly reading a book while Kristy played on the swings.

Katie picked her head up when she heard hear the ringing of the ice cream truck. The other kids must have heard it too because they all  started running toward the sound of the bells. Katie looked for Kristy in the crowd, but didn't see her. She looked worriedly back towards the swings. There was Kristy lying in a crumpled heap on the ground.

"Kristy!" screamed Katie at the top of her lungs as she ran toward her sister. Everyone looked to see who had screamed, and they couldn't believe it when they saw it was Katie. They were so shocked to hear Katie's voice that they didn't even notice Kristy lying on the ground.

Kristy sat up as Katie reached her. "Katie, " she said, "You talked Katie. Katie you talked right out loud. You talked in front of everyone."

"Forget about that now." said Katie. "Are you okay? What happened?" asked Katie worriedly.

Kristy nodded. "I fell off the swing." she explained. "It hurts some, but I'm okay." Katie helped her sister stand up. She appeared to be okay except for a few scrapes and bruises, but Katie was no doctor. "We better get you home and get you checked out." She helped her sister toward home.

By now, the other kids had noticed what was happening. "Is everything okay?" they asked. "Do you need any help?" they asked.

Katie shook her head no. "Thank you." she said quietly although not as quietly as she used to talk,  loud enough for people near her to hear.

"Why Katie McGee," she heard a voice next to her say. "You have a very pretty voice. You should let people hear it more often."

Katie looked up to see the face of  her teacher, Miss Andrews. Katie smiled, but before she even had a chance to reply another person approached her. It was a girl from her class, Lucy Johnson. "I think you have a pretty voice too." said Lucy. "I also think you are nice, and I'd like to be your friend. Do you want to play with my on the playground tomorrow?"

 Katie nodded and smiled. I"d like that." she said. Sometimes, it was nice to be noticed after all.

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