Chapter 2 of 4: Once a hero accepts his or her call to adventure, the time comes when he or she will have to cross the first threshold. Listen to this story about sixth-grader Jackie. Jackie will find that crossing that first threshold is not an easy process to go through as there are sometimes subtle and not-so-subtle enemies or threshold guardians trying to keep her from being successful. Fortunately, Jackie also finds that the Ancient One and possible others serve as allies who will help her to cross that first threshold successfully.
Hero’s Journey story: Little Jackie crosses the first threshold
© 2001 by Debbie Dunn
- Click here to read the previous chapter called “Angela borrows paper from Jackie”
Chapter 2: Jackie finally says ‘No’ to Suzy
Of course, Suzy was another story. First, Jackie made sure she wasn’t anywhere near Suzy when she was at her locker. Then, if her locker got jammed again, Suzy would have to ask someone else to borrow a book or perhaps get her lock cut off.
Suzy didn’t ask to borrow anything Monday or Tuesday. Then, on Wednesday, the two of them happened to be standing together in the lunch line. Suzy turned around and saw Jackie standing behind her. She said, “Oh, hi Jackie.”
Without smiling, Jackie said, “Hi, Suzy.”
Suzy asked, “Hey, Jackie! Can I borrow forty cents?”
Jackie’s stomach felt like it was suddenly filled with butterflies. She knew down to the penny how much money Suzy had already borrowed and not paid back. Not in a mean way but in a politely firm way, Jackie said, “Suzy, you still owe me $1.60. Pay me that back first and then we’ll see if I can trust you enough to loan you any more money.”
Suzy’s mouth fell open in shocked amazement. Her face turned a bit red. Finally, Suzy said, “Oh! I guess I forgot about that. Uh, … sorry.” Then she turned around and didn’t look at Jackie again.
Jackie, of course, was standing right behind her. She stared at the back of Suzy’s head and felt rather proud. She had done it. She had managed to say ‘No’ to a user. It had been kind of hard, but she had done it. Jackie wondered if Suzy would actually pay back that money, not to mention the paper, and her pencil. She rather doubted it.
So, Jackie knew she managed to be a master of her own life instead of a martyr. But then she thought, “I still feel like a victim about the way Suzy dissed me at the dance. I know I wasn’t planning to mention it, but now I wonder if it would be better to be honest. I sure could use a pep talk from the Ancient One.”
Teacher Says or Asks: In Jackie’s interaction with Suzy about the lunch money, what kind of outcome did they have: LOSE-LOSE, WIN-LOSE, OR WIN-WIN?
Students Respond: (They had a WIN-LOSE Outcome with Jackie feeling like a WINNER and Suzy probably feeling like a LOSER.)
Teacher Says or Asks: In Jackie’s interaction with Suzy about being ignored at the dance, what kind of outcome did they have: LOSE-LOSE, WIN-LOSE, OR WIN-WIN?
Students Respond: (They had a WIN-LOSE Outcome with Suzy feeling like a WINNER and Jackie feeling like a LOSER.)
- Click CHAPTER 3 to read the next chapter of the Little Jackie tale called “Little Jackie crosses the first threshold.”
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