Moral Monday’s Flash Fiction: Too Involved

Thanks to Nortina from Lovely Curses for hosting Moral Monday’s. Today’s prompt reads: ” Don’t take on more than you can bear.”


Shelley introduced her teenage daughter to Kelsey with pride. “Charlotte’s so involved, tell Kelsey what you do besides school?” 

 Charlotte said: “I play volleyball, basketball, and soccer after school and weekends. I’m head of the student council and grad committee. I sing in choir and take piano lessons. Also, I read with children in primary school.  At church I play piano and read Bible verses during the service.”

Kelsey was slightly shocked. “You do all this? When do you get to have coffee or see a movie with your friends?” 

Charlotte frowned, “I’ve no time for activities with friends.” 



21 thoughts on “Moral Monday’s Flash Fiction: Too Involved”

  1. This is really sad and pitiful to see her young life geared toward “accomplishments” and she has no real companionship with anyone. She will wake up one day and realize what a mistake this type of life really is. She is in the process of preparing for an adult life to be as bad as the one she is living right now. Where is the fun, laughter, sharing little trivia things, having friends, and just plain relaxation? Parents can push children into that type of life and then wonder why the child is unhappy.

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    1. Yeah, I think for sure she is being pushed by her Mom, but on the other hand, she’s sixteen or seventeen and not standing up for herself. It’s reasonable to what to have friends and a social life outside your activities. Thanks Jessie. You got this piece perfectly 🙂


    1. Thank you Annie. Yeah too much to do. She has to say no at some point though as she almost an adult. But the Mom plays a huge role in pushing and badgering her daughter to keep adding to her impossible schedule. Teenagers still need to play and have friends.

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    1. Thank you JR I’m glad you think so. I think it is important to have some activities that are extracurricular but you have to draw the line. Teenagers need friends and a social life, that isn’t just in the activities they’re involved in. Also, I think their are times they just need to “play” even as teenagers — reading, watching movies, video games, biking in the park etc things that are relaxing and fun. Also, I’m quite sure it is hard on her to keep high marks with all her activities. Thanks for your comments JR.

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  2. Poor girl needs some time off! A better balance is definitely the answer. Very good story, Mandi – liked the mother showing off, unaware that really her daughter’s life is not perfect. Great

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    1. Thank you Lynn. I knew kids like this growing up. Eventually they rebel and rebel big time. She’ll be eighteen in a year or two, then we’ll see how she takes having to be in all these planned activities.

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      1. Ooh, good point. I was discussing this the other day with someone – how the most rebellious kids can be the ones who had the most strict upbringing. Be interesting to catch up with your character when that happens 🙂

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  3. Oooh dear. My aunt and uncle are just like Charlotte’s mother. They have my twin cousins doing a little bit of everything. Ironically, I think their social skills have suffered because of it. Hopefully Charlotte doesn’t fall to the same fate!
    Thanks again for participating in Moral Mondays! 🙂

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