Mellie Learns A Lesson
Mellie loves walking to school. All the trees, her favorite by the way, she skis along not wanting to miss her friends before first bell. She wants to do well in school. She always has her books and her homework is always done.
But she has a small problem. She has a hard time paying attention in class. Does that ever happen to you?
One day her teacher Mrs. Oglesbee asks her to up to the blackboard to solve a math problem.
Mellie decides instead to scribble her her favorite food. She is hungry and cannot concentrate.
"Mellie, Mellie, MELLIE!" her teacher calls out to her in slight irritation.
"Sorry Mrs. Oglesbee I forgot to eat breakfast this morning. I'm hungry."
"That's alright dear, why don't you have a seat and we will come back to you later."
"Yes, ma'am", Mellie offered feeling dejected as she took her seat red faced and embarrassed.
Normally she was a cheerful little red-headed girl with a personality just as bright. Today she had extra distractions.
Determined she raised her hand and volunteered to solve the next math equation. Success!
Mellie proudly walked back to her seat triumphant she did a good job. Mrs.Oglesbee rewarded her correct answer and moved to the next lesson.
Later in the school yard her friend Marcy came bounting up happy as a clam, her knees showing signs of kneeling in the dirt.
"Hi Mellie want to play with me?"
"Sure Marcy let me get my jump rope."
"Mellie what happened in class today, is everything ok?"
"Yes", was all Mellie could mutter not wanting to relive the moment.
"Ok, 'cause I carry extra snacks if you ever forget to have breakfast before you leave home."
"I know, I know, and my mom would not be happy if she knew I skipped breakfast, I was playing my video game and forgot to eat my cereal. Stupid I know."
"You're not stupid Mellie. I've done the same thing. We are best friends right?"
"Right," Mellie quickly answered.
"Then friends have each other's back." Marcy lightly taps Mellie on the back with the ball and runs away in hysterical laughter as Mellie chases after her.
After running around the yard for what seemed like forever, they ended up back at their backpacks. With a huge grin on her face Marcy has an idea. It is the most brilliant idea of them all!
While Mellie goes chasing her ball after someone kicked it to the other side of the school yard, Marcy reaches in her own backpack pulls out an extra pack of fruit snacks and plants them secretly in her friend's backpack.
Out of breath Mellie returns and warns they'd better get back to the lockers, free period is over and it's almos time to go home.
Mellie gets home in record time to finish her chores and homework. Plays with her puppy and shares her day with her family and how much fun she had with her friend Marcy. Her mom and dad asked her how her classes went. Very quickly she ran down each assignment.
Her parents looking one to the other noticed the speedy explanation.
"Slow down there partner how did you do in math?"
Screeching noises echoed in Mellie's head as she hoped her mom was going to let her slide, but knew deep down she wouldn't. Neither would her dad.
"I-I-I missed a math question. I forgot to eat and I couldn't concentrate. I know you are disappointed..I'm sorry." Mellie stammered in reply, head down and eyes filling with tears.
"Listen pumkin, all we want is for you to do your best. Maybe put the video games on hold first thing in the morning. Mellie looked up in surprise. "Yes, your dad and I know your routine, you are our child and we love and look out for you."
"Yes Honey. We want you to have fun. This is important too but we want you to focus and have a balance. Learning these lesson now will help you later." Daddy knows a thing or two about the video game-I love them too. Why don't you pick one for just us to to play when I get home from work tomorrow."
A now beaming Mellie runs to the other side of the dinner table hugging both of her parents.
"Thanks Mom and Dad." May I be excused?"
Sure thing babe, I'll come check on you in a bit."
Mellie bolts up the stairs taking two steps at a time. Clothes ready, teeth brushed and in bed. She grabs her backpack wanting to add her colored pencils for art class the next day. Opening the back she sees the small bag of fruit snacks Marcy placed in her bag earlier that afternoon.
"Good old Marcy."
Mellie smiles grabbing her phone and typing "thnx :).
Do you have good friends like Marcy?
Do you feel special when Mom and Dad look out for you and do you understand how much they care?
What did you like about Mrs. Oglesbee?
Can you list the things you need to do before going to school?
Start a list here. Don't worry if you can't remember all the things you need and remember to ask your parents or gaurdians for help
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