Chapter 3 of 3: This is the fourth story of seven about a 6th-grade boy named Jack. He really enjoys hanging out with his good friends Don and Ron. The only problem is that Ron starts sniping at Jack. Will the two boys manage to work out their differences or sever their friendship? Read this story to find out what happens.
© 2001 re-told by and reformatted by Debbie Dunn; Original author Terry Gardner.
As a clinical social worker, Terry Gardner kindly created these stories for Debbie Dunn’s Communication Skills class at CMS.
This is a Terry Gardner Jack Tale shared in his memory and with permission of his widow, Lin Gardner.
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Chapter 3: The sad ending and the happy ending
Option #1: The Sad Ending
Jack looked at Ron and said, “Ron, I’d like to be your friend, but the way you talk makes me feel like you don’t want to be mine. Do you, or don’t you?”
While Don looked on uncomfortably, Ron scowled and said, “Jack, give me a break. I don’t really want to listen to this right now.”
Jack said, “Well, when you decide about being a friend, talk with me.”
Ron snapped, “Whatever!”
Then Ron walked off not caring that he probably just lost a friend.
Option #2: The Happy Ending
Jack looked at Ron and said, “Ron, I’d like to be your friend, but you have to choose too. You talk like you don’t want me around. Do you want to be a friend? If so, we best talk this out! What do you choose?”
Ron said, “Jack, take it easy! Yeah, I’d like to be friends. I guess I’m feeling really funky right now.”
The two boys walked out to the back yard. Don went inside the house to give them some privacy.
Jack listened carefully as Ron talked about his feelings concerning Ann, Jack’s friendship with Don, and his jealousy about Jack’s intelligence, athletic ability, and newfound relationship with Ron’s father.
Jack realized that it would really be helpful if Ron could feel safe about venting; therefore, Jack did not allow himself to get on the defensive. Instead, he listened calmly and did his best to understand.
At the end, Jack said, “Ron, thanks for telling me all that. I’ll try to do better about including you and listening to you.”
Ron said, “Okay, Jack. Great! I feel a lot better being able to talk all this out.”
Their friendship was fine after that.
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