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Braxton's Lesson
By Marilyn C Dailey, Ed.S
Thursday, December 27, 2007

Rated "PG" by the Author.

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Braxton has a lot to learn about family and fame. Read about Braxton's experience with his cousin Charles.

Braxton and Charles are cousins. They are both in Mrs. Daniels’ sixth grade class. Everyone is excited today because Mrs. Daniels has an announcement to make.
“We plan to present our assembly program next month” said Mrs. Daniels.
She tacked a copy on the bulletin board, “The program this year is, Harry Potter’s Visit to Drew Elementary”
“Oh, wow, I want to be Harry Potter. I just know I will get it, bragged Charles.
Braxton looked across at Charles. “No you will not because I’m going to be Harry Potter. I have seen all of the peanut shows and I know what to do.”
“We’ll see Monday said Charles.”
Braxton sat on row two. Charles sat on row three. The dismissal bell rang and Mrs. Daniels dismissed her class. Braxton’s row left out first.
Monday had finally arrived. All of the students were so excited. They each had practiced all weekend. Only the two boys wanted to tryout for Harry Potter. All of the other children could tell how competitive they were.
“Mrs. Daniels, may I please go first. I have practiced all weekend” Braxton said with a grin.
“Well, someone to break the ice. Very well, come to the front on the class and begin,” said Mrs. Daniels.
Braxton began to say the line and there this great big boom. The class looked around and it was Charles. Charles had fallen over with his desk.
“I’m sorry Mrs. Daniels, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up,” yelled Charles from the back of the classroom.
“Mrs. Daniels he tried to do that so that he could make me mess up my line,” said Braxton.
“Charles, please get the chair up and put your self back into it. I’d like to continue now!” Mrs. Daniels exclaimed.
Charles got up off of the floor with a smirk on his face. He sat down in the desk with a thump. Braxton continued with his tryout. He finished and looked over at Charles with a great big frown. Charles was next up.
“Charles it is your turn to have a go at it. I hope you are as prepared as Braxton was,” said Mrs. Daniels.
Charles began his tryout when all of a sudden there was a great big s-n-e-e-z-e coming from the area where Braxton was sitting. The whole class turned around to see if anyone had lost something out of their nose that they needed.
“Oh, I’m so sorry Mrs. Daniels. I tried to hold it in but it happened so suddenly,” Braxton said with a grin.
There two were the last two trying out for the day.
“Alright class. It’s time to vote on our characters. Who will it be?” Mrs. Daniels said as she walked toward the board and picked up a piece of chalk. She began calling out the other minor parts first. Then she finally got to the main part of Harry Potter.
“Let me see a show of hand for Braxton as Harry Potter.” She wrote down the number of votes under Charlie Brown for Braxton.
“Now a show of hands for Charles as Harry Potter,” Mrs. Daniels said as she turned to write down the number of votes. “Braxton has ten votes and so does Charles. It’s a tie.” “We’ll have to vote again.”
As the voting began again, Braxton began to pass around a basket of candy. As Mrs. Daniels looked around she saw a student passing the basket.
“Wait just a minute. Whose bribery is this?” asked Mrs. Daniels.
The whole class shouted, “Braxton”.
Braxton raced up to the desk up front and started to reach for the basket. He looked at Mrs. Daniels and said, “Would you care to have a piece, Mrs. Daniels?”
“No I would not. And you are disqualified from the tryouts for your bribery, explained Mrs. Daniels. All the time she noticed that the students began blowing huge bubbles from bubble gum.
“And just who is distributing the gum?” asked Mrs. Daniels.
“The whole class shouted, Charles did, Mrs. Daniels.
Mrs. Daniels turned to the chalk board and began to erase both of the boys’ names.
“Neither of you have taken this tryout serious enough. Bribery is a big problem for both of you. Instead of having another tryout for this part, I will appoint someone to the part,” explained Mrs. Daniels.
Both of the boys looked at each other and began talking across the room to each other.
“If it hadn’t been for you, I could have had the part, Charles,” said Braxton.
“You are the reason that I won’t be getting it, Braxton.
show,“You are both at fault,” said Mrs. Daniels. “You need to learn how to be competitive and still be honest.”
The two boys never tried to bribe anyone else. They did although offer to carry the students books on certain days.

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