Emergence, In Fifty-five Words – Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-three, Prodigy, Collected Chapters

 

 

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Day 169, June 18th, 2017

 

Chapter One: A Funny Child

 

Kathy loved jokes.

 

Her laughter was the first thing her parents noticed about her. It alerted them to the fact that she was different.

 

Even as an infant she picked up on the punch lines, understanding the spoken words, the inferences that were made. She understood these exchanges months before she had learned to speak.

 

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Day 170, June 19th, 2017

 

Chapter Two: A Strange Child

 

Kathy was as quiet as she was observant.

 

She did not flit about randomly like infants and toddlers do.

 

She was focused, balanced, and cautious.

 

She repeated sounds and gestures in patterns that quickly became noticeable to her parents.

 

She was training herself, quickening the pace by which she would learn to walk, and talk.

 

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Day 171, June 20th, 2017

 

Chapter Three: A Frightening Child

 

Kathy was crawling within weeks of being born, and walking within a few short months.

 

By her first birthday she was dancing.

 

Kathy practiced and practiced in the quiet moments of her day, at night, in the dark, while her parents slept.

 

She did not speak a word until she was speaking in complete sentences.

 

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Day 172, June 21st, 2017

 

Chapter Four: Discipline

 

The direction for her exercises came from deep within herself.

 

Kathy’s memories spoke to her, they guided her, the ancestral voices focused her, kept her calm, allowing her to see her own life and experiences in the context of the collective experiences swelling within her.

 

She formed plans spontaneously, in order to realize her goals.

 

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Day 173, June 22nd, 2017

 

Chapter Five: Conformity

 

Whatever her parents tried to teach her, Kathy took to with ease

 

She mastered complex tasks without effort.

 

The only thing that took time was developing muscle memory, which required repetition.

 

She struggled with the skill of blending in, hiding her differences.

 

It was only through the most diligent habits of mindfulness that she succeeded.

 

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Day 174, June 23rd, 2017

 

Chapter Six: Quietude

 

For Kathy to get along, she learned to be silent, listen, wait, to let the others around her fail.

 

She could not insert herself into their activity, she could not correct them, or provide the right answer.

 

She learned to experience success as a private affair, only harkening to the applause that came from within.

 

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Day 175, June 24th, 2017

 

Chapter Seven: Other

 

Kathy was unique.

 

She was different from every other human being on the planet, different from everyone who had ever been.

 

She was still young when she realized that difference.

 

Understanding it did not help her manage her feelings, or those of others.

 

Her parents were afraid, afraid for her. She was like an alien.

 

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Section Four, Kathy

 

Part Twenty-three, Prodigy

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 A Funny Child

02 A Strange Child

03 A Frightening Child

04 Discipline

05 Conformity

06 Quietude

07 Other

 

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