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Summary: Three young girls, who always complained about their physical appearance, learned how to live in gratitude.
“Hello, el. La. Ella. Ella. Ella. Ella.”
“Come on, Bi. Don’t call my name over and over again.”
“Let’s catch up. It’s really boring that I have nothing to do this weekend.”
“Alright, where do you want us to meet? Pasto Cafe or another café that we have never tried?”
“Pasto. Pasto café. At Pasto Café. Don’t forget to tell Jasmine about it, okay?”
“Okay, see you later.”
After that short conversation, the three young girls decided to hang out together. They spent hours to decide what dress they would wear and what color of eye shadow they would apply on their eyelids.
Ella, who had never felt satisfied with her weight, couldn’t resist getting on weight scale to see if the numbers had gone down before deciding which dress to wear. The scale always said the truth about her that she was a fat girl, indeed. She was hypnotized and started being scared of that horrible scale whenever she looked at it. Not wanting to look chubby, she needed to choose the dress carefully. No bright color or stripes. That’s the only rule. In the battle of losing weight, she tried everything from going to gym and being on a strict diet till consuming slimming pills. Still, those ways didn’t work at all. Looking at her face in the mirror, she recalled a joke that really made her hate her body.
“Since the first time I met you, I have realized that drawing a sketch is a piece of cake,” said one of the boys in her class. Thinking that he was seducing her, Ella was blushing, “Ah, really?”
“Yeah, I only need to draw one big circle to draw a sketch of you,” he grinned while running away.
Bianca was her name. She should have been thankful for all the things she had. Slim and tall body like a super model had been her plus point. But, wait! There was still one thing that made her lose her confidence. She had always wanted to have fair skin like those models on TV. For anyone else, it might not be a big deal for having dark skin. However, she thought that beautiful girls were those who had white-skinned. Sometimes she mocked herself or even God’s grace for creating a creature like her. “Why is God so unfair to me?” she said. In His greatness, why couldn’t He give her fair skin? Among all of her friends, she was the only one who got dark-skinned. Being ashamed of herself, she took some efforts by buying many kinds of whitening body lotion or even consuming some whitening products. However, all of them did not work. She really wanted to change herself, especially her body.
“Why were some people born as a good looking person whereas others were not?” Jasmine thought while looking at her face in the mirror. Her tears almost fell from her beautiful eyes for she thought that she was not gorgeous. Although she had fair skin and slim body, she still kept thinking that she was a bad looking girl due to the fact that she had a big nose. Yeah, it’s only a nose. Her big nose, which looked like a tomato, always triggered her classmate to make fun of her. She never smiled since her nose became bigger and bigger whenever she smiled. She had ever thought about doing plastic surgery, so that she could change her nose like what she always dreamed of.
As Jasmine was the first one who arrived at the café, she had to wait for her two friends. She was watching all people coming to that café while waiting for them. A quarter of an hour later, both of them arrived at the café. The three of them sat in the corner of the room. They starred at each other while their minds were wandering. Ella secretly admired Bianca for having a slim and tall body. Maybe it’s more like envy rather than admiration. On the other hand, Jasmine really wanted to have a nose like her two friends’. Even though their noses were not pointy, at least their noses were not as big as hers. Bianca, on the contrary, had strong desire to have fair skin like Jasmine’s. Minute by minute, they talked about anything.
Suddenly, all three pairs of eyes gazed at the same thing when a visitor came. A very thin girl with half-bald head and a blind eye entered the room with a smile across her face. They starred at her with gaping mouth. This girl was not thin like what Stella had always dreamed of. She was born with such a rare medical condition that she didn’t have adipose tissue, which meant that she had no fat on her body. It made her face look old and her skin wrizled. She used to complain about her physical look. Now, she realized that there were many things she could do rather than complaining about it. In fact, she was still able to smile as if she had no problems in life. Her smile washed away her imperfect appearance. She let people stare at her a bit longer. The longer they looked at her, the more they realized how important living in gratitude was. Gratitude, which never lingered on their heart, appeared suddenly. As time passed by, they learned something. And nothing was better than a heart that never stopped being grateful.
Word count: 916
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Thank’s a million to Putri Fatmala, Dika Kameswara, Ronald Taufik Hidayat, Ineza, Irfan Reza Hardiansyah, and Diki Suherlan for correcting my grammar, choosing diction, and giving ideas of this story.