I told this story to the primary children back in January. I was teaching the second verse of the song, As a Child of God, which says:
I feel so safe and happy because
such feelings of peace come from family love
I wanted to make the point that our families can be a place where we can feel happy and safe together, and that everyone in the family, even a little child can make a difference in the amount and intensity of family love there.
It went well, and I've been meaning to write it down here, just so I can have a record of it. You see, it's a really good story.
So, here goes:
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|Me and Bobby, back in the days when sparkly blue shorts were the epitome of awesomeness.|
When I was a little girl, I had the meanest parents in the whole world. Let me tell you why. See, every Saturday morning, I had to do Saturday jobs! Can you believe that? I had to either clean the kitchen, or dust and vacuum the living room, or pick up and vacuum the family room, AND I had to scrub one of the bathrooms, AND I had to make sure my own bedroom was all clean. I could watch cartoons in the morning for a little while, but once breakfast was over, all the kids in my family had to get to work on Saturday jobs. We HATED them! We just wanted to play and have fun, and instead of doing that, we had to work for a whole hour every Saturday, and sometimes even more. It was so hard.
Well, one year, I was looking at the calendar, and I discovered a terrible thing. I discovered that my birthday that year was going to be on a Saturday. Oh tragedy! I would have to do Saturday jobs on my birthday! Could there be anything worse? I knew that even if it was my birthday, the house would still need to be cleaned, and so I wouldn't be able to get out of doing my jobs on that day. I was totally bummed out about it, but I decided that I would just have to come up with a plan.
After thinking about it for a few weeks, I decided that I would ask my mom if I could do my Saturday jobs on Friday after school instead of Saturday. She said that would be fine, so I was glad that I'd be able to get those jobs over with and have a birthday with no Saturday jobs in it.
Well, the Friday before my birthday came. I got home from school, and I was just getting the vacuum cleaner out of the hall closet when my younger brother Bobby found me. He had been looking for me, even though I didn't know it. He saw me with the vacuum cleaner and he told me to stop what I was doing. I told him that I wasn't going to stop because I wanted to get my Saturday jobs done so I could have a nice easy birthday the next day.
Then he told me that for his birthday present to me, he would do my Saturday jobs.
The next day, my brother did all my Saturday jobs, AND all of his Saturday jobs. None of us liked to do Saturday jobs, and that day my brother did twice as many as any of the other kids ever had to do. I got to have an easy day with no Saturday jobs at all. When I think about birthday presents, that one is maybe the best birthday present I've ever received. I'm sure you can see why.
There's something else about this story that I want to tell you, maybe the most important part. See, when Bobby and I were little, sometimes we would fight and quarrel about things. Sometimes we would even hit each other and do other mean things like that. But, when Bobby did my Saturday jobs for me, it made me realize that he and I, we were on the same team. I felt like we were together, and that our whole family was together, and that we would take care of each other. Just like the song says, it made me feel safe and happy, and loved.
That feeling has carried though the rest of my life. My brothers and sisters and parents are some of my very very very best friends. I love to see them, and I love to talk with them. But best of all, I feel totally safe with them because I know that we are all on the same team, that we will take care of each other and do everything we can to keep each other safe and happy. And for me, a big part of that started when my little brother did my Saturday jobs all for me.
You know what to do!
(And if you don't, read here)
5 points for the name of the song
2 points for the name of the musical
other points awarded as whims dictate