It was a tough match. His opponent was ahead of him by several moves. Jack liked to win at everything. And he was good at chess. Though as his dad often told him that he had to keep a cool head and plan ahead.
The match was no big deal, just a friendly game with his school buddy. But the competitive spirit in Jack was so strong that he didn’t want even to concede this one.
Furthermore, all the guys from class were clustered around them, waiting to see who wins! As a last desperate move, Jack moved his queen for a reckless attack on his opponent‘s knight. He thought if he could take the knight, the game may tilt in his favor.
But his ploy failed and the game ended in a few moves, with him being the loser. A feeling of humiliation overpowered Jack.He had lost in front of all his friends! But before he could react in any manner, the cheerful voice of his dad broke into his thoughts, “Well that was a good game” he said. “The strategy was sound but the execution was not that good. Better luck next time” and with these words, he whisked Jack away from the crowd. He didn’t want to witness an ugly scene.
He knew that his son didn’t handle loss or disappointments, well. That was why, when he noticed the game going on in the school yard, he had stopped by. He was very conscious of the fact that his son could creat an unpleasant scene at such an occasions. But maybe if he wasn’t that protective of his son and his son’s reputation, it might have helped Jack to learn to deal with anger and other negative emotions in a better way. How often do we intervene in unpleasant situations in our loved ones, (specially kids ) lives to save them from making fools of themselves. As a part of growing up process, kids, specially teens have to learn how to deal with their emotions, and have a control over them. The parents who try to shield their kids from life’s situations are not doing any favor to their children but in fact are exposing them to greater disappointments in life later on! So let them experience all the rainbow of emotions and let them learn to deal with them.
Written in response to FOWC, opponent.