Better than the best

This old friend of Sara is coming to stay for one week. From London. Her mother and father is not coming. They are going for vacation somewhere and leave this girl in Dubai in our house. I am not liking this girl. Her name is Sophie. I think even Sara is now not liking Sophie. I tell you why.

If Sara play the piano Sophie say I can play better than Sara. If Sara do swimming Sophie say I can swim better than Sophie. All the time better better better. If Sara is reading a book she say I read this book 3 years ago. Sara says Sophie this is new book how you can read it 3 years ago? Her school is better her car is better her house is better. Everything is better. Maam is also getting little bit irritate with this girl but she is not saying anything.

But past few days lot of things are happening. First Sophie is pinching Sara. Because Sara says she is not wanting to watch some show on tv. Because Sophie wants to watch another show which is better. Pinching with her nails. Sara is not saying anything to maam. but maam see the nail mark on her hand. Sara tell her what happen. Maam say nothing she just put some first aid cream on it and tell Sara she is so sorry. But I know maam is very upset. She tell me Sally it is better if you or I keep eye on Sophie while she is here. 

Then maam is seeing Sophie try to poke Rayan with her nail. Now she see it her own eyes. She say Sophie if you cannot keep your hand to your self you will have to go to your room. Sophie say oh I was only tickling Rayan because he is so cute. Maam say I see the marks on Saras hand Sophie it is better if you keep your hands to yourself. I am surprise maam is so cool and calm. If I was maam and Sophie was doing all this in my house I would slap her face.

Then the next thing is happening. Rayan is finishing making this big lego thing. Ninjago. He love Ninjago. He is spending 3 or 4 days to make this thing. Like this big car thing. Maybe 300 or something piece of lego. Sophie is saying let me see. She is picking it up and throwing it on the floor. All the pieces are falling out. Rayan is starting to cry. Sara say Sophie dont do that it is not fair. Sophie say its only stupid lego he can make it again. I can make it in 5 minutes. 

Rayan tells maam. Maam say Sophie that was not nice. he had spent a lot of time on this. Sophie say I am not throwing it. It just fell from my hand. She is lying. I see how she is throwing it. Maam is looking at all 3 of them. She is getting really upset but still she is quiet. 

She tell Sara and Sophie to go watch TV. Then we help Rayan make it again. After some time we hear Sophie talk to Sara. She say what is big deal? It is only lego. I can make bigger and better lego. He took so long to make it. I can make it in one hour. Your mother hates me. she is always saying dont do this dont do that. my mother never tells me anything she is the best mother.

Maam is now really irritated. She tells me Sally this child needs to be taught a lesson. I am tired of this nonsense. But she is not doing anything. It is like she is waiting. like a lion waits to catch its food.

She is not having to wait for lot of time. When Sara is playing piano again Sophie says Sara you practice so much and you are still making so many mistakes. I dont know how you get this big trophy. I never get any trophy but I can play better than this. 

Maam is reach boiling now. She say Sally I need to end this now. She tell Sophie can you please play the piano for us. Lets see how well you play. Sophie say oh I used to learn but now I dont have a teacher because there is no teacher where I live. Even I know there has to be a piano teacher in London. Maam starts laughing. Sara is also smiling. Rayan also is laughing. Sophie stamp her leg and go upstairs.

I have never seen maam being mean to any child. Lot of children come to the house and they have lot of fun. Maam never tell them anything. Not even to pick up toys or anything. She always say children have to have fun. But this time it is different. She has had enough of this better better better best best best. She has become mean for this mean child. But only for one minute. Now she tell Sara go tell your friend to come down for ice cream.

Sara does not want to go talk to Sophie. But she is good girl. She is not mean to her friend even if her friend is mean to her. And I know why. Sara does not need to be mean because she knows her mother will be there for her. Sophie comes down for ice cream. She eats one bite. She says Sara I dont know how you can pick this ice cream flavour. I pick better flavours. Sara and maam start laughing. Even I start laughing. Maam says so sorry Sophie this is the only flavour we have. Sophie eats all the ice cream.

Sophie have to go back to London yesterday. She is so excited. When her mother come to pick her up she tell everyone that they have tickets for olympics. Best seats. Sophie is showing off to Sara and Rayan. I am going to Olympics I am going to Olympics.

Her mother stay and talk to maam for little time. She say to maam why are you living in this place? It is so hot. It is so dusty. The schools are bad. The weather is bad. You cannot even eat in public. You could be living anywhere. London chicago New York singapore. Anywhere is better than living in Dubai. London is the best. Come live in London. Maam just smiles.

Then she say something really good. I try to remember. She say there will always be some place better. someone better. something better. It does not matter. you dont always have to be the best. as long as you do your best. I want to clap for maam. It is like she is getting the gold medal in the mommy olympics.

After Sophie and her mother go maam say to children lets go buy some new lego. and we can go in the best car and have some best ice cream at the best mall in the world. They all laugh. And I know why maam is better than the best mother in the world. 

1 comment:

Abigail said...

Awesome post. Sally, I love the way you tell a story. Everything gets connected so beautifully and there is always a lovely moral or lesson in the last paragraph.

Please write and publish a book. It will become an international best seller. Who cares if you are real or fake. Your heart is real and it is in the right place!

Good luck

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