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Children's Stories
by Margo Fallis
If You Fall, Get Back Up!

If You Fall, Get Back Up!

More than anything else, Gillian wanted to be a ballerina. When she was old enough, her mum had signed her up for ballet lessons. Every time she went, she did just as the teacher said. She stretched and danced about the room with grace, which wasnít always easy for a bear to do. Some of the other bears in her class were good dancers too. Cindy could stand on her tiptoes for ten minutes and walk about the room. Carla could stretch further than any one else. Sally was the best at doing bends and Betty loved to sit on the floor and stretch her right leg high into the air.

One day the teacher told them that it was time to put on a performance for their parents. Gillian was excited. She was going to be a dancing fairy and wear flowers in her hair. She practiced and practiced and worked as hard as she could. She wanted to be the best fairy that she could be.

Her mum bought her a brand new pink tutu and leotard and some pink ballet shoes to match. She looked beautiful, just like a fairy. The performance began. Gillian danced about the stage, kicking her legs high and bending like a butterfly. She was just about to leap through the air when one of her slippers came untied and she tripped and fell. She landed right on her face in front of all the other bears. The little pink roses on her tutu were smashed and Gillian felt foolish. She started to cry and ran off the stage.

Her teacher was waiting for her. "Gillian, we all make mistakes sometimes."

Gillian didnít want to hear that. She was so embarrassed. "Iím not going to ever dance again!" She fell to the ground and sobbed.

Gillianís mum came back stage and sat down next to her daughter. "Gillian, you looked beautiful out there. You danced around the stage like a real fairy. Iím so proud of you."

If You Fall, Get Back Up!"But I fell, Mum. Everyone will laugh at me," Gillian cried.

"No they wonít. Everybody falls at some time in their life. Now, wipe your tears away and go back out there and finish performing. You show me that you can be the best ballerina in the world," her mum said. She tied the ribbons on Gillianís ballet shoes. "They wonít come undone this time." She hugged Gillian and went back to her seat.

"Are you ready, Gillian?" her teacher asked.

Gillian smiled and nodded yes. She went back on stage and started dancing. She pirouetted and leapt and danced like a real fairy. When the performance was over, everyone clapped. All the bears were lined up on stage and bowed. Someone brought Gillian a rose. "This is for being so brave and finishing what you started." The clapping got louder. Even the other bears in Gillianís dance class clapped for her.

Gillian felt so proud. She knew that sheíd work even hard at being the best ballerina she could be.

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