Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Picky Patti

Patti Larsen was picky. Every morning, she had a plain bagel for breakfast. It had to be plain and it could never be toasted. For lunch, she had peanut butter and jelly. The peanut butter had to be smooth and the jelly had to be grape. For dinner, she ate plain pasta with a tiny little bit of marinara sauce on the side. All, she would drink was orange juice without the tiniest little bit of pulp in it, chocolate milk or water.

She was not only pick about food either. She was picky about everything. She only wore pants never skirts or dresses. Her favorite color was purple. She wore lots and lots of purple but never any pink. She hated pink. She always wore either her favorite brown shoes with buckles or white Keds sneakers. She always wore her long hair down never up.

Mommy and Daddy and her older sister, Pam were always trying to get Patti to change. They were always trying to get her to try new things. "Try it. You might like it." they told her. Patti didn't think so. She wasn't interested in changing, and she wasn't interested in trying anything new.

Life went along and Patti was happy until one day Patti found out her favorite aunt, Aunt Betty was getting married.At first, Patti was thrilled that Aunt Betty was getting married. She had never been to a wedding before, and she was looking forward to it. When Aunt Betty told her, "I want you and Pam to be flower girls at my wedding." Patti was even more excited. Aunt Betty even invited them to come help pick out outfits to wear to her wedding. Patti eagerly looked forwarded to it and was so excited when the day they were going shopping finally came. Mommy, Pam, Patti and Aunt Betty all set out for the stores.

After they had been to several stores Aunt Betty was getting discouraged. Patti had seen lots of things she liked but Aunt Betty didn't like any of her suggestions. They decided to go to one final store before heading home. As soon as they walked in the store, there it was - just the outfit Aunt Betty was looking for. "It's beautiful!" Pam gushed excitedly. Mommy nodded in agreement. Patti, however, was horrified. It was this pink sparkly dress. She would never wear anything like that.

Nobody noticed how upset Patti was. Aunt Betty quickly picked out one of the dress in Pam's size and one in Patti's. Pam excitedly hurried into the dressing room eager to try it on. Patti stood still and didn't move. She wouldn't even take the dress out of Aunt Betty's hands.

"What's the matter, Patti?" asked Mommy.

"I don't want to wear that." protested Patti.

"Oh that's okay." replied Aunt Betty quickly. Patti instantly felt better. She was so glad that Aunt Betty understood. However, Aunt Betty didn't. "It's okay sweetie." she said gently to Patti. "You don't have to be in my wedding if you don't want to. I understand."

Patti instantly felt worse. She did want to be in Aunt Betty's wedding. She just didn't want to wear that horrible pink dress. She started to cry.

Aunt Betty found a chair by the dressing room and sat down. She took Patti on her lap. "I am only going to get married once, and I want it to be special. I want it to be the way I want. Do you understand?" she explained to Patti. Patti nodded through her tears. "If you want to be in my wedding. You are going to have to wear a pink dress and nice shoes and put your hair up because that is what I want. " continued Aunt Betty.

Patti thought about it for a while but didn't say anything. She really really wanted to be in Aunt Betty's wedding, but the dress and the shoes and the hair. It was all too much.

"Why don't you just try it?" suggested Mommy pointing to the dress.

Finally, Patti agreed. She went into the dressing room and tried on the dress. Even she had to admit it looked beautiful on her. She couldn't wait to wear it. Maybe, change wasn't entirely a bad thing.

After that Patti became a little less picky. She didn't just wear pants anymore sometimes she wore dresses. She didn't just wear her hair down anymore sometimes she wore it up.

She became a little less picky about food too. Sometimes, she drank strawberry milk and sometimes she ate grape jam instead of jelly. However, she was still picky, and she still wouldn't try everything but at least sometimes she tried things.

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