Monday Medley

A FDA Approved Cure For Scolionophobia

A mother repeatedly called upstairs for her son to get up, get dressed and get ready for school. It was a familiar routine, especially at exam time.

“I feel sick, Mom,” a meek voice from the bedroom.

“You are not sick. Get up and get ready,” called the mother, walking up the stairs and hovering outside the bedroom door.

“I hate school and I’m not going,” meowed the voice from the bedroom, “I’m always getting mixed up and getting told off. Nobody likes me, and I’ve got no friends. And we have too many tests and they are too confusing. It’s all just pointless, and I’m not going to school ever again.”

“I’m sorry, but you are going to school,” said the mother through the door, continuing encouragingly, “Really, mistakes are how we learn and develop. And please try not to take criticism so personally. And I can’t believe that nobody likes you – you have lots of friends at school. And yes, all those tests can be confusing, but we are all tested in many ways throughout our lives, so all of this experience at school is useful for life in general.”

Silence from the bedroom.

“Besides, you have to go – don’t forget you are the principal.”

Soul Food

“Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” (Oscar Wilde)

“Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you’re exactly the same.” (Audrey Hepburn)

“On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.” (Martin Luther King)

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” (John Wooden)


Sources: Grateful acknowledgements to,,,, and


One Response to Monday Medley

  1. Sharmishtha says:

    just loved the story 🙂
    the quotes are amazing.


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