U - UNDERESTIMATED NO MORE



:: Today is U - UNDERESTIMATE ::


He looked at this picture ‘of him and his father’, and remembered all the taunts he used to hear.

“You can never play as good as your dad.” “Your talent is a shame, boy! Do something else don’t shame your dad anymore!” “You just ain't no good.” These criticisms haunted him.

He wanted to play as good as his father and with him – but that day was never to come. His father had already left this world.

He practiced determinedly. Rejections never hindered.

Today, when he played – applause thundered everywhere. His talent wasn’t underestimated anymore. His dad would’ve been proud.



NANDINI DEKA'S A-Z CHALLENGE
This post is part of the A-Z challenge for April'2014. Except Sundays, post everyday with 26 alphabets. Also posted for 100 words, Friday Fictioneers Image Copyright - Björn Rudberg.

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20 comments:

  1. So hard to win the appreciation of your elders.. and be measured against your father.. what a tough situation.

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    1. yes it certainly is tough to live up to such high expectations!

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  2. You used the prompt well to highlight a common psychological issue. Kudos.

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    1. thanks @yarnspinnerr :-)

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  3. Anonymous15:50

    Hooray for him.... determination generally wins.

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  4. It's so difficult to try to live up to the expectations of others. I hope he'll eventually be able to let go and enjoy his own talents.

    janet

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  5. Well done. I'm glad he didn't let all the criticism stop him. His dad would no doubt be proud. Good story. : )

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    1. yes..his dad will be proud surely :-) thanks @P.S

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  6. Good for him - it's hard to live up to someone else's talent and reputation. Many would not even have tried

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    1. yeah you're right...its hard.

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  7. Rejection is tough to deal with. Bravo for telling such a succinct and moving story in so few words.

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  8. What a moving story in just a few short words. I could feel his pain, and yet he persevered. I really liked this story.


    Blessings,
    Cheryl

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    1. thanks for reading @Cherl :-)

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  9. If people underestimate you, don't mind them. I know that's hard if compared. You can prove them wrong, but in the end there's nothing to prove. What matters is you're happy and that will surely make your dad happy.

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    1. yes, what you say is true..what matters is ~ if we're happy!!

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  10. Anonymous05:36

    Dear Nandini, I hope you got my first comment. Great story - really a feel-good piece! Thanks. Nan

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