Friday, April 7, 2017


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Do you have chores to do around the house? How about helping your teacher out at school?

When I was in elementary school, there were two very important jobs we had to perform every day. There would be one student to hold up the American flag while we recited the Pledge of Allegiance, and one student to clean the chalkboard erasers on the playground trees.

Both jobs came with great responsibility and I was very proud when it became my day to either hold the flag or clean the erasers. But not everyone likes to act responsibly.

Sometimes our buddies tease us because we are helping out in the classroom instead of going outside to play. Or maybe Mom or Dad has asked us to clean up our room but we just want to get to that next level on our video game first.

Sound familiar?

Check out this week's story about a grasshopper that would rather play than to act RESPONSIBILY:


Once upon a time there was a Grasshopper was hopping, chirping and singing to its heart's content in a field on a hot summer's day. There was an ant staying nearby the grasshopper’s nest. They were good friends. The grasshopper was having a lot of fun playing, singing, and dancing in the sun. But the ant was hard working. It was collecting food grains and storing them in its house for the winter. 

The grasshopper did not understand why the ant was doing so much hard work and preparing for winter. He asked, “Hey,’ Ant! Why don’t you come outside and play with me?” The ant replied, “I cannot. I am storing food for the winter when there won’t be anything to eat!” The grasshopper only laughed at the ant and said, “Why are you worrying now? There is plenty of food!” and continued to play, while the ant worked hard. 

When winter came, the grasshopper did not find a single grain of food to eat. It began to starve and feel very weak. The grasshopper saw how the hardworking ant had plenty of food to eat and realized how silly it had been to not save up food for the long winter months.


Poor grasshopper!

It's not always fun to act RESPONSIBILY, but you never know when it might come in handy to take the time to work hard first and play later! 

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