After the Annual Cultural Program, everybody praised little Aisha for her performance. Mum and dad came rushing into the green room impatiently.
Aisha: ‘Oh! Come on, mommy! At least let me get dressed?’ said the bubbly girl.
Daddy: ‘Yes, of course, honey!’ said Daddy.
Mommy: ‘We’ll wait outside, my big girl,’ giggled mommy.
Aisha was smiling inside the green room. Well yes! Aisha is a born rockstar, and she knew it all because her Granny told her performance was impressive in her dreams the night they had the dress-rehearsal event.
She got dressed in her shorts and tee and opened the door. Daddy caught her immediately and threw her into the air. Catching the baby girl in his arms, he roared,’My daughter is raw talent, an uncut diamond, born for the stage!’
Aisha’s Carpe-Diem Moment
Aisha blushed and said, ‘Mommy can we get pizza tonight? I’m starving,’ said the humble girl who had no clue what to do with attention!
Before mom could say anything, her daddy said ‘Yes, of course! Anything for you, ma’am!’ They started heading towards the local pizza joint in NYC.
Aisha is a grateful child. She knew pizza or trophies meant nothing. It was the family dinner and lots of selfies with her mom and dad that she craved for. Finally, she earned it-the carpe-diem moment with her hard work and relentless practice to be a perfectionist on stage. Little did she know that ‘perfect’ is a myth. All little girls are ‘perfectly imperfect,’ and extraordinary things always come in tiny packages.
After having pizza, mommy got Aisha Belgian chocolate ice cream, and they clicked lots of photos together before heading home.
The next day, Aisha was a celeb in her school. Everybody wanted to be like her, and they surrounded her wherever she went. The unwanted attention scared Aisha, and she had no clue how to deal with it.
Being Blessed by Grandma
During break time, Aisha crept inside the washroom slowly and sat on the commode quietly for a moment. She closed her eyes and felt Granny’s face. She felt comfortable as Granny flaunted the ‘Monalisa’ smile. In a flash of a second, she knew she would nail any performance every time. She remembered Granny’s words,’ See where your passion takes you’ and ‘some hobbies are more than hobbies. Never give up on them for anyone,’ the day she was harassed and bullied by her seniors.
‘Thank You, Granny! I will be your Blossom!’ said Aisha, and her eyes were full of gratitude. She made it a point never to disappoint her Grandma again.
Aisha opened the washroom door and washed her face, brushed her hair, and went toward the classroom. This time, she couldn’t spot any of the students who mocked her or used slang to tear apart her confidence—whoever saw her congratulated her, even the popular boys and seniors. Aisha thanked everyone and went to the class.
After class, Aisha went to her locker (786); she found Melinda, Lucrezia, and Veronica gathering around her to congratulate her. They offered her an open ticket to their sleepover night. This had been Aisha’s dream forever, and now when it was coming true, she was shocked, confused, angry, and emotional at the same time. Is it safe? Wondered the little girl as the popular girls have always been mean towards her.
Joining The Popular Club
Finally, Aisha made up her mind to go with the flow. She had to step out of her comfort zones to be successful, said daddy one day. Aisha nodded her head slowly and flaunted a weak smile.
‘All right, babe! See you tonight,’ said Lu, heading towards the gym class with a wink.
Aisha’s heart sank into an ocean of confusion. She was never an attention-seeker unless it was her family. She loved the stage, the lights, the loud music, and the faceless crowd cheering loudly for her. But, it always fetched her unwanted attention too. But, this time, there was no turning back.
After class, Aisha rushed back home to pick up her favorite cosplay outfit and pack her bag for the night. Mommy gave her the pink duffle bag and promised to make pancakes with maple syrup for all. Aisha knew her mom made the best pancakes in town. What else could she get for the popular girls? She had very minimum allowances and was only allowed to open her piggy bank once a year, on New Year’s Eve. Even her dad was away on a business tour that week. Aisha felt grateful to her mom for saving the day.
Bullied and Blessed
At six o’clock sharp, Aisha put on her best outfit. It was Jasmine (without a Tiger, carpet, or Alladin), but she looked graceful. Veronica told her they were having a cosplay tonight, and she was dressing up as Genie. Mother said Aisha was looking perfect, and she would drop the little girl to Lu’s house that night. Even though Aisha wished to change the destination at the last moment, she had no choice. She couldn’t back out as she promised her mother and her would-be popular friends.
The moment Aisha entered Lucrezia’s house, she felt negative energy like the dementors sucking up all the happiness or good vibes. Everyone was chatting, and suddenly there was a ‘hush-hush’ around her. Suddenly, Lu emerged to welcome her, but she wasn’t dressed in a fancy costume. She was wearing a white murmur dress and looked casual.
‘Hello Aishi welcome to our club,’ said Lu.
‘It’s Aisha! And why haven’t you all dressed up?’ Asked Aisha.
‘Oh! It was a last-minute decision change by Melinda, and we left a text for everyone. Haven’t you got notified?’
Aisha nodded her head in disgust.
‘Well then! Never mind, you are the attraction of the event, and you are the special type!’ said Veronica and hugged her.
Aisha’s eyes spotted the quick exchange of glances and the winks, and she understood the dangerous mind games. She pulled herself back, closed herself, chanting ‘Divine Order‘ to herself, and kept smiling. She observed every intricate detail, and soon, everything started happening exactly as she wanted. She was a grateful child and always got whatever she wanted with her manifestations and positive energy.
When Aisha told Veronica about the pancakes, they said, ‘Oh! We don’t need those today. I’ve already ordered pizza from the best Italian joint, and we’ve enough soft drinks inside the house.’
But, somehow, the pizza delivery got canceled that day, and the girls had no other choice but to eat the pancakes. They were just enough in numbers as if someone had informed Aisha’s mother how many pancakes they would need that night.
Around eight, Aisha’s mum suddenly pulled over her car at Lucrezia’s place to pick her up because her best friend Shy got injured. She has slipped into the bathroom and broke her leg. The little girl wanted to see her best friend badly. Aisha thanked Shyla and everybody and left quietly for the hospital. She was saved from the further embarrassments just in time.