BC: The How can I help? Winner is... | TBD
FC: Hortensia the Horrible
1: Hortensia was a girl who had lots of friends. She was funny, and lively, and very, very cute. Hortensia, many said, was heavenly. People liked her.
2: Hortensia could light up a room in a special way. Not quite like ANYONE else. People liked the way she made them feel. She could always make them laugh, and she loved to sing, and speak Spanish. She taught her friends "verde" for green, and "azul" for blue.
3: But... Hortensia came with a but. When Hortensia felt like it, she could be horrible. Nasty. and even Downright Rotten.
4: One day, she was all compliments. "Oh, my friend, I love your earrings. You look so cute today!" The next day, Hortensia the Horrible would rear her head.
5: Why was this? The secret about Hortensia was, she didn't want to do anything anyone asked her to do, if she didn't feel like it. Hortensia had to have her way. It was her way, or the highway. And, it wasn't very nice. It was Hortensia's Horrible Side.
6: Her Friends knew her Horrible Side. One day, they might be baking a cake. Hortensia's task was to pour in the flour, the cocoa, and the vanilla. No problem. Hortensia loved to bake. She loved vanilla, and there were few things in the world she loved more than chocolate!
7: But, the next day, the task was different. The house was very dusty, and needed to be dusted. BUT...Hortensia hated the smell of endust, and she hated dusting. So...
8: Her friends handed her the dust rag. She was so pleasant helping with the cake. They never expected what lie in wait... Hortensia pitched a fit. Not just any fit. A HORRIBLE fit.
9: Hortensia's lips curled back. She gritted and ground her teeth. She made her Horrible Face. And she said... "Fuck you. I hate you. I'm not doing it." (How do you think you'd feel if you were one of her friends?)
10: The next time there was cake mix, Hortensia's friends were happy. They gathered together to mix the cake, put it in the oven, set the timer, bake and enjoy. Hortensia said, "Let me help. I can put in the vanilla, and get the batter all stirred up right."
11: But, her friends didn't want her help this time. "Why Not?" said Hortensia. "I'm good at it, and I can help you." Hortensia did not have a memory for her fits. She ha a fit, and forgot it. But her friends didn't. They remembered it well.
12: To Hortensia, a fit was about the thing she didn't want to do, like dusting. To her friends, it carried over to everything. And they really didn't enjoy even her good help anymore. Because, Hortensia's helpfulness wasn't done in the spirit of cooperating with others.
13: One by one, Hortensia's friends were less in number. Some of them couldn't take her Horribleness. She longed to bake cakes, and make tacos, and do laundry with her friends. Things she like to do. But, she wasn't being asked to help anymore.
14: One day, her friends were going to clean up the yard. Which Hortensia hated! But... She walked over to them with her winning grin. "I can water the shrubs." They stared at Hortensia. If they had asked Hortensia to water the shrubs, she would have thrown one of her BIG ugly fits, and told them she hated them.
15: But...they needed the help. " OK, Hortensia. Here's the hose. Spray the bushes, and not us." And she did. Did she want to? No, not really. But she did it to cooperate, and to help others. That day, Hortensia changed. She changed from helping with herself in mind, to helping with others in mind.
16: From that day on, Hortensia used the magic of 4 winning words: How can I help? She would watch, and go to her friends when she saw there was a job to do, and use her 4 winning words, "How can I help?
17: With 1 smart change, and 4 winning words, Hortensia was on her way. Hortensia stopped pitching fits, and started pitching in. Her friends came back, and everyone liked her EVEN MORE.
18: Her bad side put away, Hortensia the Horrible became Just Heavenly.
19: How Can I Help? Rewards Points 1 point for answering when asked 2 points for being proactive Erin Curry Lisa Potter