Endure and Sing
Once upon a time, there was a little rat. His fur was the color of dust and his nose was always twitching from excitement. While the rest of his neighboring animals were graceful and pretty, his looks caused fear, especially with that red scar across his face.
However, what he lacked in appearance, he made up in talent. He could sing better than the most sweet-voiced nightingale. His voice, unfortunately, wasn’t appreciated by anyone else since the other animals couldn’t stand the sight of him.
His big chance finally came in the form of a talent contest. His hairless tail was wagging with happiness as he made his way to the competition site. The line for the contestants was endless and he waited for days before his turn finally arrived. He began making his way inside when he picked up some whispers from behind him.
“Look at that ugly rat. I feel sick just staring at him.”
“What is he doing here? He doesn’t belong at a talent show.”
“I bet his talent is being gross.”
The words flew into his ears as his eyes watered. He needed to get out of there quick. He didn’t want to hear any more. His legs, however, didn’t let him move.
His tiny hands slapped his face, instantly bringing him back to his usual self. These animals had their opinions but so did he. And he, in contrast, believed that it didn’t matter how he looked. He could still win over everyone’s heart with just his melodic voice.
He walked through the tall giraffes and the elegant Persian cats with his head held up high until he stood in front of the microphone and opened his mouth.
A standing ovation. Those were the only words that could describe the audience’s response to his performance. Every single animal was cheering, begging to hear one more song.
The little ugly rat looked straight into the judges’ eyes as they clapped louder than anyone else. He had done it; he had the courage and held on till the end. And it was worth it.