Curiously she flattened the roll of paper against her palm. Scribbled across the crumpled sheet of paper were a few lines, scribbled haphazardly in scrawny hand writing that had got smudged slightly due to dampness but yet was clear to read. It read:
promise i will say my prayers every night before i sleep. thank you.
She recognized the way ‘a’ was written in a crooked manner and smiled mysteriously as she folded the note purposefully. The next morning she called out for Larry, sitting in the last row of the class. He walked towards her, trembling a bit, fearing the worst. What was it? Was it the homework that he had submitted? He did remember doing it carefully so as to avoid her wrath.
As he stepped closer, she held out a large pack of chocolate and as she put her arm around his tiny shivering shoulder, she softly said,
“Larry, this is for you…for doing your homework exceptionally well this time.”
A surprised Larry accepted the chocolate as he tried to digest what she had just said to him. She further added,
“You can come to me anytime that you need my help, without any fear…trust me, I will never be mad at you after this. But, you must promise me that you will say your prayers every night before you sleep.”
Ms. Bridget smiled to herself, as Larry walked back to his desk, confused with the sudden change in her behavior, but nevertheless pleased with himself. So the bottle with his note did reach god! Yes, he would have to work harder from now on…so that she would never change. She wasn’t that bad after all.
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