The Moth and the Lamp, Cesar Santos
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Polilla La Luna
After the try-outs, Sadie Mae just sat in a corner by herself and sulked. For she had danced her little heart out, and all she received for her efforts was a spot as a moth, along with a glowing glass ball as a consolation prize, she supposed.
She blamed her mother. For her mother knew how badly she wanted to be a butterfly. Yet, she used green material for her costume, which had to have had an impact upon the director.
“Come on now, how could she have made it out of green material? Has anyone ever seen a green butterfly? I know I haven’t. Some moths are green. Everybody knows that!”
“What are you talking about, and to whom?”
Sadie was horrified to find that her mutterings to herself had been overheard by one of her competitors. “Did I really speak out-loud, or is she a mind-reader?”
“Why are so upset with your mother?”
“That is no concern of yours,” Sadie Mae replied in a rather icy tone.
“Maybe not, but I would think that you would be too thrilled over winning the lead role to be upset with your mother right now.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Polilla La Luna?”
“Polilla La Luna is the name of the ballet and Spanish for The Moon Moth. You are holding the moon in your hands, silly.”
A look of horror spread across Sadie Mae’s face. For there she had been thinking such bad thoughts about her mother when the truth was that her mother had went to extraordinary lengths to help her.
Sadie Mae ran out of the auditorium with tears streaming down her face, and she raced to get home and have supper on the table when her mother made it home after finishing another 12-hour shift at the garment factory. When she went to set the kitchen table, she found her mother’s sewing machine still set-up, and lying beside it was a picture of a moth more beautiful than she could ever imagine.
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