Thursday, September 02, 2010
The Gift - A Magpie Tale
Soon the noise of the boisterous children brought her attention back to the task at hand. Teaching.
She gently tapped her ruler on the wooden desk to get their attention.
“Children… quiet now.”
It took a while for everyone to settle down. As she patiently waited, Sarah looked around at each student to see if she could find a hint or clue as to who left the apple. In the far back corner sat little Donny Brown, his head down as though that would make him invisible. The Brown family struggled the hardest in this small farm community. She knew that giving up an apple, even one that was nicked and bruised and half eaten, was a far greater gift than the most perfect apple given by another.
The room became quiet.
Sarah stared at the back wall as she tried to figure out whether or not to publicly acknowledge her gift. She decided against it.
“Students… I’m having a hankerin’ for some apple pie. If we can get through this afternoon’s lessons without too many distractions, I will bake one tonight and bring it in tomorrow so we can all have some.”
No sense in wasting an opportunity to bribe for compliance, she thought to herself. I’ll need more apples.
The children cheered. Folks didn’t do a lot of baking since ingredients were so precious. This would, indeed, be a treat. Teacher Sarah smiled at her students as they murmured among themselves. And when she finally caught the eye of little Donny Brown she gave him a quick wink.
Check out the other entries in this week's Magpie Tales challenge here.