Nirav Learns About Showing Off
Nirav: Hey, Rohit, What did you make on the spelling test?
Rohit: I didn’t do too good, I made a fifty-two on the test. Next week I am going to study really, really hard, and I will do better.
Nirav: You mean to tell me you made a fifty-two on that test? That’s a laugh, ha, ha, ha. That is an awful grade. Can’t you do any better than that on a spelling test?
Rohit: I guess that is awful. I will study harder and shoot for a better grade next week.
Nirav: That’s a real joke. A fifty-two is the most awful grade I have ever heard of.
Rohit: What did you make Nirav?
Nirav: Well, I thought you would never ask me. I made one hundred. You just can’t do any better than that. I made everybody mad at me. I made the best grade in the whole class. I didn’t even study for the dumb test.
Rohit: What do you mean? You really didn’t?
Nirav: I’m just smart. I might be a genius. I might get the title, The hundred Genius. I made a great grade, for a wonderful kid like me.
Rohit: I thought the test was hard. I am really proud for you.
Nirav: Well, Rohit, it might be hard for a dumb-dumb like you, but not for me. I could be sound asleep and pass the same test with a hundred.
Rohit: Hey! You sure are very proud of yourself. Aren’t you?
Nirav: Why shouldn’t I be? I am Nirav the Great that’s my name, and making 100’s is the name of the game.
Rohit: Well, I must go and study. I can’t make a good grade unless I study. Boy, it sure would be nice to make a hundred.
Nirav: Boy! it’s great. Look, the Teacher is coming. I bet she is glad that she has such a smart boy in her class. I imagine she wants me to go on
television or something important.
Teacher: Good afternoon, Nirav. I have been looking everywhere for you. Is that the spelling test in your hand?
Nirav: Yes, it is. Do you want to frame it, or put it in the local newspaper? Either one will be fine with me.
Teacher: That isn’t exactly why I am here. Nirav, we have a problem.
Nirav: I don’t make mistakes, so I don’t have any problems. I am much too smart for that.
Teacher: I made a bad mistake. I didn’t mean to, but I gave you the wrong paper, by mistake. Honestly. I gave you Ravi’s paper. I have yours in my hand.
Nirav: You mean I didn’t make a hundred?
Teacher: I hate to say this, but you didn’t make a hundred. Looking at the grade you made, I don’t think you studied at all. Did you study Nirav? You made a thirty-three on the test.
Nirav: Are you absolutely sure I didn’t make a hundred. I told everyone in the whole class I made a hundred. I even told them what a great speller I am.
Teacher: You need to stop being a show-off Nirav. No one likes to be around someone who is bragging and showing off all the time.
Rohit: Boy, is she right.
Nirav: A thirty-three?
Teacher: That is right. No mistake about it.
Nirav: I wish I had kept my mouth shut. I mean totally shut. All I know is now everyone will make fun of me.
Teacher: That is too bad. I think I would study my vocabulary if I were you, and stop showing off to everyone.
Nirav: I’m sure not as wonderful and smart as I thought I was. I always have to learn the hard way. Rohit, will you help me study for the next test? I think a fifty-two sounds pretty good next to a thirty-three. Don’t you think?
Rohit: I sure do. Maybe both of us will learn something.
Nirav: You know? I already have. Showing off never pays and that’s a big lesson to learn. How do you spell dog? d-u-g? Isn’t that right?
Rohit: Oh, boy! We have a lot of work to do.