Let’em fail

PHOTO PROMPT © Luther Siler

My poor babies…I ache to scoop’em and tuck’em safely under my wings.  I even take a step forward. But I back away  remembering  mother’s mantra:

” Let’em fail”.

“Let’em fail, until they learn how to succeed. They all will in their own time.”, mother had said.

I stay away  unable to watch them floundering. One of my babies succeeds  first, way before the others. I want to check who it is. I even bend down to sniff his scent. But I don’t , recalling my mother’s second mantra: “Keep count of ’em , not the score”

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The below video would explain my story.

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This  100 word story was written in response to a 100 word photo challenge  posted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields each week. PHOTO PROMPT ©  Luther Siler

Click on the ‘blue frog’  below to read other amazing takes on the same photo prompt:

 

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50 responses to “Let’em fail

  1. This is too cute!

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  2. Mama was very wise and I especially liked the line “keep count of them and not the score” filing that away to remember as I try to guide my brood.

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  3. cute! I liked this one

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  4. Wise mama! Loved this.

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  5. Patient mother duck there.

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  6. Dear Ansumani,

    Cute story from the mama duck’s POV. Charming.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  7. i enjoyed reading this story. you nailed it.

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  8. This was extremely good. I think you surpassed yourself this week and I loved the ‘count not score’ line. So very well done.

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  9. Ahh, I love how this can equally be applied to children as well as ducklings!

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  10. “Keep count of em, not the score.” What a wise mantra for mama and papa ducks….and mamas and papas too. Made me smile over my morning coffee 🙂 Interesting, mine is a different tuck on ducks….and as my husband said, “That’s not a picture of a duck! If it’s a duck, it’s the wierdest one I’ve ever seen!” It’s all in what the viewer sees — or perceives! 🙂
    Enjoyed this!
    C: Thought at first about changing the line ““Let’em fail, until they learn how to succeed. They all will in their own time.” to “Let ’em fail, until they learn to succeed…..” but I’m not really sure. I like the “rhythm” of it without the word “how”….but in reality….the meaning is in the “how.”

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    • Yes, everything is in our perception. Thanks for the constructive crit – I can see your point about the rhythm. I wanted the mantra to be simple and sound “good” but also wanted to bring the full meaning ,as you say the learning “how” to succeed” is the critical message. That’s why I separated the “mantra” portion and repeated it again for continuity in the dialogue:

      ” Let’em fail”.

      “Let’em fail, until they learn how to succeed. They all…”

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  11. The video is very cute! I agree with the others on many points, especially the idea of keeping the count, not the score. An original take on the prompt!
    C: I’m finding the voice difficult to keep consistent in my head. The contractions ending with ’em lend themselves to particular accents which aren’t reflected in other words. I know this is hard to do without making it difficult to read, and it’s not really a huge problem.

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    • Thank you ! About the constructive crit on the voice: Mama duck has a split-personality … 😉
      I do see that point about voice – it was a trade-off between having a “mantra” type slogan and making it easy to read.

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  12. Cute – they have to learn to waddle on their own two feet eventually!

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  13. Oh the count not score line… terrific line.. and it worked even if it’s not ducklings… 🙂

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  14. I sat here cheering them on, so lovely! Well done!

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  15. Very well done. This was our philosophy and we raised two amazing young men.

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  16. A hard thing to do for any mother. Good mantras.

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  17. Wise mama. My motto is somewhat similar “Try and try again, if you don’t succeed – blame someone”

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  18. A wise mother. It’s hard watching your little ones struggle and fail, but it is the only way they’ll become self-sufficient. More parents should heed this advice.

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  19. Great take on the prompt. I love these duckling videos.

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  20. Very wise mantra from the mama. One I’ve been trying so hard to follow! Excellent take on the prompt.

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  21. I love the inspiration for your story!! How cute was that? I had to watch to the end. It was cute how they moved back and forth together and how the last two hopped at the same time and missed together. Great story!

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  22. Needs no expanation. Very clever and wise story.

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  23. What a delightful interpretation of the prompt. Well done indeed.

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  24. How cute. There’s always one who trails behind isn’t there. What a good mother. Well written, Ansumani. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  25. How lovely you story is! So perfectly phrased, and very poignant. Yes, it’s hard to let them fall, and let them fail, but it’s so important to learn from falling and failing!

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