Value-Based Children’s Story – Importance of Caring
Rocky, Melissa, Lindsay, Jason, and Jennifer are good friends.
They live in a small town. It is their summer break and they want to make some plans to enjoy themselves.
“We should think of making extra pocket money to go to the cinema and have ice-cream at the new ice-cream parlour,” says Lindsay. “Can we make lemonade and sell at the roadside,” questions Melissa, the youngest of the gang.
“I have a better idea. Let’s make some handicraft items and sell them to our neighbours,” says Jennifer.
“That’s a good idea Jenny. I can make some cloth bows and ribbons as gift pack decorations from leftover cloth in my mom’s sewing basket,” Lindsay enthuses. “I will make bookmarks and gift tags from my leftover chart paper from our school project,” dreams Jennifer closing her eyes in imagination.
“I can just about see them in front of me,” she giggles. “I’ll help you by lending my new colour pencils,” speaks up little Melissa. “You girls will make girly things. We will make models of cars, trains, planes and more which everyone will like to purchase,” says Rocky.
“That’s a great idea pal. Come, I’ll take you to the garage to see what helpful items can be found there,” says Jason, pulling his friend by his shirt sleeve.
“Coming,” says Rocky. “We might find some things in my dad’s storeroom too. We will have a look there later.” “I hope my brother doesn’t mess up dad’s garage or he will get a scolding,” says Jennifer with a comical face.
In a week’s time, the children are ready with their hand-made items.
One bright Monday morning, they decide to go on their special mission. They visit their nearest neighbour, Mrs. Fiona Greenbush. Lindsay knocks on the door.
“Hi aunty, we want to show you some things we have made. You can buy them if you want to,” she says. “Come in children,” welcomes the sweet fat lady wearing her apron. I just finished baking some chocolate chip cookies. I’ll let you have some,” she says cheerfully taking them to the kitchen.
The kids enjoy the home-made cookies. Mrs. Greenbush inspects the goods and buys some book-marks for her husband, who is an avid reader.
“I’ll also get some gift tags. They come in handy all the time. Here you are kiddos, there is a little extra for a job well done,” says the robust lady, handing over the cash. The children thank her profusely and go to the next house. Mr. And Mrs. Gilbert are in their garden. They are impressed by the boys models of airplanes and buy two for their grandson.
After making rounds of the rest of the neighbouring houses, the kids decide to visit Mrs. Angela Anderson, who lives down the north side street. Her house is a bit far and secluded from the others. She lives alone in a sweet little cottage. She is a charming good-natured graceful lady and everyone loves her dearly. All the children in the neighbourhood call her granny.
The gang arrive at her doorstep and ring the door bell, shouting loudly, “Granny open up.”
No one answers the doorbell and the children knock on the door. After repeated knocking and ringing, the kids decide to use the spare key under the flower pot on the window sill. The children troop inside and look everywhere.
“Where is granny?” asks Melissa. Jennifer runs upstairs to granny’s bedroom and finds her on the floor. “Come here friends, I have found granny,” she shouts.
The others run up the stairs two at a time and are shocked to see granny on the floor.
“What’s happened to granny?” asks Melissa, fearfully. Lindsay runs to the bathroom and gets some water which she sprinkles on granny’s face. She stirs and opens her eyes slowly. “How did you fall granny?” asks Rocky. “Help me put granny on her chair,” says Jason.
The five children pick up granny and help her to sit on her favourite chair.
“I don’t know kiddos. I guess I must have fainted due to exhaustion. Thank you so much. I don’t know what would have happened to me if you all hadn’t visited me today,” says the 75-year-old lady with a weak smile.
“I’ll get you some lemonade,” says Jennifer, going to the kitchen. Mrs. Anderson sips on it and feels better. “What were you doing granny? Why are you exhausted?” questions Melissa.
“I was organizing my clothes cabinet because it was too messed up and felt dizzy. I don’t know how I fell,” replies Angela wiping her forehead with her handkerchief.
“Melissa and I will organize your cabinet. Lindsay, go and make a pot of hot tea for granny. She will feel better,” says Jennifer. “Thank you, dear, I would love some tea and get the chocolate chip cookies I made yesterday. They are in a pink box on the kitchen shelf and you boys, go and get lemonade for all of you,” says granny.
Later on, Jenny advises, “you are not to do anything for a few days. I’ll ask mom to get lunch for you.” “We will come and visit you in the evening and I’ll get shepherd pie and pineapple pudding for an early supper,” says Lindsay.
For the next few days, the kids look after granny and help her with the household chores. The boys attend to the garden and clean the backyard and front porch. Jenny washes granny’s clothes while Lindsay tidies the rooms. Melissa reads stories to granny who listens with great delight.
“Tomorrow is ‘World Elder Care Awareness Day’ and I want to give a party for you children,” says Angela. “Will you help me?” “Sure granny. Whom do you want to invite?” questions Melissa.
“Everyone in the neighbourhood,” laughs Mrs. Anderson.
In the evening she bakes a marvellous butterscotch cake while the neighbours bring one dish from each house. At the end of the celebration, Angela gives a speech thanking the five kids.
“I am blessed to have such kind gracious compassionate children in our neighbourhood who truly know the meaning of kindness, care and empathy.” There was a huge round of applause in the room.
If children know the meaning of how to care for their elders why don’t we the grown-ups learn something from them and understand the meaning of empathy and compassion.
VALUE IN FOCUS: Caring
Written By: Amita is a Story teller and a spiritual writer.
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