J is for Jeanette

A to Z Theme - Circle of Hope:
A serial story (written in six-sentence segments) involving twenty-six women living in the small Midwest town of Cottonwood Creek, their lives connected by the Women's Circle of the town's protestant church, Hope Christian Fellowship, to which they all belong.

Jeanette, 38, is the owner/director of Cottonwood Creek Daycare Center, and also teaches the pre-school Sunday School class at Hope Christian; she is well acquainted with most of the parents in the church.

Although Jeanette hasn't been happy with Erica's heavy handed control over the Children's Christmas Program, she has opted to do her best to work with her for the sake of the children and other volunteers involved, but word has reached her that Erica is now out spreading damaging gossip about Alyssa, trying to discredit her in an attempt to regain control of the Christmas Program.

"That's the last straw," Jeanette said, exasperated with Erica's disruptive and hurtful behavior; she decided it was time to pay Erica a little visit, and dropped by her house early one evening to ask if she had time to go for ride and talk, maybe stop at the local drive-in for a treat. Erica, always eager to have an ear to bend, happily agreed, and wasted no time in sharing her "concerns" regarding Alyssa with Jeanette.

"Erica, you of all people know how hard it is to be a newcomer here," Jeanette said calmly while maintaining direct eye contact, "why on earth are spreading rumors about Alyssa that you know aren't true and are going to cause her so much pain?"

Ericka who wasn't used to being confronted about her behavior, stuttered and stumbled and then began to cry, choking out the words "I want to do the Christmas Program, it isn't fair that she gets to take it away from me."
Read the stories of all the Circle of Hope women here.


  1. Hope Erica learns the error of her ways! That's no way to deal with a grievance.

  2. Life's not fair, Ericka. Time she learned that lesson.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  3. My hope is Ericka learns to work with a lighter touch.

  4. Maybe something else is going on with Erica that we don't know about? Good for Jeanette for getting in there.

    J is for Journey

  5. Now I wonder about Erica's intentions. I hate to see someone so upset and crying. But instead of dealing with her feelings, she's lashing out and destroying someone else. I know a lot of people like that. I am hoping the women of Cottonwood Creek can effect change in Erica's behavior without damaging her fragility. Because I think that is what is under her nastiness.

  6. I need to go back and see how old Erica is. She acts very young.
    Finding Eliza

  7. Directness is often the best route. :)

    Vanessa @Vanessence

    My "theme" - A Thirty-Word Story, revealing one word of the story each day of the challenge.
    #AtoZChallenge The Letter K

  8. Bravo for Jeanette!! That's the way to handle it. Now tell Erica to put her big girl panties on and stop whining! The show must go on - for the sake of the children.


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