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|The Get Thin Blues (standard:humor, 1401 words)|
|Author: ak||Added: Jul 29 2003||Views/Reads: 2000/1234||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Ten year old Delia's mother wants her to diet? But what's so bad about not being skinny?|
Click here to read the first 75 lines of the story "The honest to God truth is no one is happy with their looks. What really matters are your accomplishments, remember that always Delia,"Celeste finished while sucking on a piece of sugar free candy. Delia had talked to her counselor about all the advice that people like Dr. Nathel, Celeste, and her mom gave, and the doctor just said, "How you feel is most important." Well, today, she had felt like eating two lunches, and sharing the second with Sarah. "I don't care that the football team only lets boys play," Delia said suddenly. It was true, she had tried out for the football team, but was told that boys only could join. "Hey," said Sarah, "I care, let's you and I do something about it!" "Like what Sarah, become a boy?" joked Delia. "No, why not start a campaign to let girls try out?" continued Sarah earnestly. "The PE coach said that girls are too delicate, and our reproductive organs could be damaged, but I'm not sure that is true ," Delia said doubtfully. She knew it wasn't because she had asked her doctor, and Dr. Nathel had chuckled at notion that girls were fragile, and that playing football was any more dangerous than any other childhood activity. "Then, let's make them let us try out? Huh girl?" Sarah goaded. "You got it girl, we are here to break some rules!" Delia sang out. The girls got started collecting names of girls who wanted to go to football tryouts. They collected enough signatures to force the school council to permit girls to go to the tryouts for school team. On the first day of tryouts, Delia, Sarah, and 10 other fourth graders showed up. They were all athletes too. Martine was a soccer player, Rachel ran track, and Tracy was on the swim team. All were skinny too. 30 boys had showed up for tryout too. Most of them had already played football, and were so sure they would make the team, they read comics when the coach explained the tryout rules. "I want all of you to put on helmets and shoulder pads," coach Pat barked loudly. "The run into to person in front of you and try to knock them to the ground. Be careful not to hit the face, or you will be disqualified immediately. Okay, when I blow the whistle, start running." The whistle trilled out in a large single blast, and the 40 children were off. Delia's opponant was a tall, stocky boy with black curly hair. She put her chin down and charged right at him. He fell over in complete surprise, and said,"no fair, I wasn't ready yet coach." "Sorry Mack, she tackled you fair and square. Sit on the bleachers until tryouts are finished. Meanwhile, the other boys all began to cry out,"Hey Delia, bet you can't tackle me!" To which a newly confident Delia replied,"Just try me." Coach Pat, seeing that Delia had speed, stregnth, and coordination thought a minute. "Kids, we have a new game plan. Delia will try to tackle every boy and girl. If she succeeds, then she will be our new quarterback this year." Coach Pat wanted his team to win, and he thought Delia might give them that once in a lifetime chance. Delia felt confident she could tackle any of those boys. She was smaller than them, but was more powerful and was able to focus better than any of them. She wasn't even tired after the tryouts ended. Coach Pat looked at the clip board notes. Delia had tackled all of the boys, she ran faster, and threw the ball harder than anyone who had tried out. Three other girls, including Sarah Munsten had passed the test, and they were officially put on the team as tight ends. Delia was made quarterback. During the football season, Delia carried the team. They won every game. Delia even lost the weight that Dr. Nathel was so concerned about. She found that she was not hungry as much as she used to be, and that she could actually eat whatever she wanted to and not gain weight. In fact, for lunch every day, she still eats a piece of fried chicken, baked potato, orange, banana, and two oatmeal cookies for lunch. Sarah usually eats Kettle chips and sushi, and Mack just looks at Delia and says, "way to go,quarterback!" Tweet
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