All of her life, Emily wanted to
be a ballerina. She started ballet classes when she was six years old
and every day would practice. On Saturdays she went to ballet school
and her teach taught her all the things she needed to learn to be the
best ballerina in the world. Emily only needed to practice.
For three years Emily practiced.
Day in and day out she stood in front of the mirror in her tights and
leotard and did bends and lifted her leg as high as she could.
The day she turned ten years
old, she had a birthday party. One of her friends, Annie, didn't like
ballet. She played soccer. "Emily, why do you do ballet? It's stupid.
It's much more fun to play soccer. Why don't you quit ballet and come
and join my team?"
Emily's other friends all played
soccer with Annie and they all said the same thing. That night Emily
went to her mom and dad and told them she didn't want to do ballet any
more, but wanted to join the soccer team.
Emily's mom looked surprised. "I
thought you loved ballet."
"I do, but I want to do the same
things my friends do. Can I please join the soccer team?" Emily
Her mom and dad looked at each
other. Her dad said, "You can do whatever your want, Emily. It's your
Emily hugged her parents and
went to bed. The next day she told her friends that she was going to
join their soccer team. They were excited and told Emily to meet them
at the park after school. Emily could hardly wait for the bell to
ring. When it did, she ran to the park and met her friends there. The
coach gave her a uniform with the team name on it. Emily ran all over
the field, hitting the ball with her head and kicking it.
That night Emily's mom came in
to tuck Emily in bed. "Did you enjoy soccer today, Emily?"
"Not really, Mom. All you do is
kick balls and bounce them off your head. I don't think I want to play
soccer any more." Emily's gaze met her mom's.
"I didn't think you'd like it,
but I wanted you to try. You don't need to go again. You do what makes
you happy." Her mom gave Emily a kiss and tucked the blankets around
The next day at school Emily
told her friends she didn't want to play soccer any more, but wanted
to be a ballet dancer. Annie thought Emily was stupid, but didn't say
Emily went back to practicing
every day and when she grew up she joined the ballet company and
performed every day on stage. She was the best ballerina in the world,
just like she wanted to be.