SELFISHNESS – Will Selfishness Spoil Little Emily’s Day?

Taking a Stand Against Selfishness

In Chapter three of Emily’s Little Life, Emily will be spending her Happy Saturday with her friends Miley, Katie, and Sara.

The girls will experience some trouble in this chapter when one of them tries to take over and be the boss.  Emily takes a stand against selfishness and it results in one of the girls getting mad and stomping home.

It is Emily’s favorite day and she doesn’t want anything or anyone to spoil it.  What will she say to help her friends to turn away from bad feelings and back to play? Will Selfishness Spoil Little Emily’s Day?


Happy Saturday

Now that Emily’s chores were done, and mama approved, she ran out the door feeling like a bird set free from its cage.  She was hit by the brightness of the sun.  “Wow, it’s really bright out here!” she thought.   Emily squinted her eyes tightly and stood still while her eyes adjusted.

The sky was filled with big, fluffy, white clouds that were scattered here and there. “That one looks like an elephant,” Emily observed as she studied one of the clouds.  Standing in the rays of the sun, Emily closed her eyes and bent her head back so she could feel the warmth on her face.  “I love it! it is a perfect day for play.”

Selfish Only Think About What You Want

Emily’s friend Miley lived across the street. Miley was Emily’s age but she didn’t go to school with Emily.  Miley went to a private school.


Miley was taller than Emily and she wore glasses. Emily thought the glasses made her look smart. She had short, dark brown hair that poofed out in the back.   Miley said her hairstyle was called a Bob.  Emily thought it was a weird name considering Miley was a girl.

Emily liked to play with Miley, most of the time, but sometimes she didn’t.  It was usually fun to play with Miley but sometimes, she was difficult.  Miley always wanted to be the boss and tell people what to do.  Emily liked to be the boss too but Papa taught her that she could not always be in charge.  He explained that when you only think about what you want, without thinking about what others want, you are being selfish.  Emily figured Miley had not yet learned that it was selfish to try to be the boss all the time.

Emily shared her little life with Miley from time to time and today she decided was one of those times.  Emily didn’t always need a playmate, she was quite content to play in her own little world but sometimes it was fun to bring someone into it with her.

Muffin Puts On a Show

Molly’s Dog Muffins

As Emily walked toward Miley’s house she heard Muffin barking wildly.  It didn’t take much to get Muffin going, especially when someone came to Miley’s door.

When Muffin’s fur wasn’t combed she looked just like the mop Mama used to wash the kitchen floor.  It was hard to see Muffins eyes because her unruly, floppy, fur covered them.  In spite of the fact that her eyes were covered, she romped through the house, like a crazy messy mop, as fast as she could go.  Muffin put on a show, for Emily, that was so comical and her antics never failed to send her into fits of laughter.

Emily prepared herself to greet Muffin as she knocked on Miley’s front door. When Miley opened the door Muffin jumped up on Emily as if to exclaim, “Finally, you came to play with me!”  Muffin barked and danced happily jumping up on Emily over and over again.  Her tail was wagging like it was on fire. Emily laughed as she bent down to hug her neck.  In return, Emily received slobbery kisses all over her face.

Emily backed away as Muffin continued with her show by spinning and dancing around in circles on her back legs.  Miley and Emily laughed as they watched Muffin show-off.   As Emily was caught up in Muffin’s escapade, Miley glanced over at Emily and smiled affectionately.  “I’m so happy Emily came to my house, Emily is the kindest girl I know and she’s fun to play with too.”  

As Muffin tore through the house on another mission Emily asked, “Hey Miley do you want to come out and play with me?” “Sure” answered Miley, “I’ll go ask my mom and grab a jacket.”  As Miley took off toward the kitchen Emily hollered after her, “You won’t need a jacket, the sun is out and it is getting  hot!”

Miley quickly asked her Mom she if she could play with Emily.  Mom told Miley it was fine but to play in Emily’s yard or their own year.   Molly said, “Okay Mom, we’ll be at Emily’s,” and off she ran to grab Emily’s hand to head out for an adventure.

The Sun Follows Me

As the two girls crossed the street Miley was chattering away “How about we play house?  I’ll be the Mom and you can be my little girl.”  Miley smiled happily as she looked at Emily, only to discover that her friend had that familiar glazed-over look in her eyes. The stare meant Emily was in her own little world.  Miley felt her cheeks get hot.  She knew Emily did not hear a word she said.

“Emily!” Miley scolded, “I’m talking to you!”  Emily, as if in deep thought responded, “Miley have you noticed that everywhere I go the sun follows me?” Miley wrinkled up her face in confusion, “What do you mean?” she chided. “Look,” explained Emily as she pointed to the sun, “When I walk this way, the sun follows me and when I turn, the sun turns with me.”

The More The Merrier

Anderson Sisters

Just when Miley was about to tell Emily that the Sun most certainly does not follow her, the Anderson sisters, Katie, and Sara came running up to them. “Hi guys,” Sara called out, “Can we play with you today?”

Emily quickly answered the girls question before Miley had a chance to say anything, “Yes, of course, you can play with us, the more the merrier,”  that’s what mama always said.

Emily thought the sisters were so cute. Sara was 6 years old and she had blonde hair that sometimes looked orange when the sun shined on it. Her big blue eyes were the color of the sky.  When she was afraid or excited she had the habit of twisting her hands over and over.  Sara was shy but Emily could always get her to talk and forget about being afraid.  Her sister Katie was 8 years old.  Katie’s hair was straight and very long.  The color of her hair was a brown but it changed, like magic, when the sun shined on it.  It had sparkling shades of red, yellow and brown.

Emily found it interesting to watch Katie’s green eyes because they were curious and an unusual shade, almost the same color as an emerald.   Emily thought of Katie as Sara’s other Mother because she was always close-by making sure people were nice to her sister.

Katie and Sara’s mom taught them from home.  Emily liked how polite and considerate both girls were.  They were a lot like their Mom who reminded Emily of her own dear Mama.

Who is the Boss?

The girls all ran to Emily’s playhouse. Their hair was flying in the wind.  All of the girls wore happy smiles on their faces. As Katie was about to go in the playhouse Miley yelled, “Hey, wait a minute, take your shoes off before going in the house!” Katie stopped and sighed deeply before taking her shoes off. Sara looked at Emily as if to say, Who is the Boss?

Once all the girls were inside Miley started to tell them her plan.  “Okay, girls!  We are going to play house today.  I am the Mom and all of you,” She said while pointing to each one, “will be my daughters.”

Emily studied Katie and Sara, who were looking at each other as if to say, “Here we go again.”  Emily decided someone had to stand up to Miley.  She turned to face Miley and said, “Miley you can’t always be the boss.”  She took a deep breath and continued, “There are four of us playing together, we can take turns being the boss or maybe we can talk about what we ALL want to do.”

Miley’s face turned red and her eyes darkened.  She glared at Emily, “Well!” said Miley with a huff, “If you don’t want to play house and be the daughters then I am going home!”  The sisters never said a word.  They looked at Emily to see what she would say.  Emily shrugged her shoulders and said, “Okay Miley, if you want to go home, it’s your choice.”  When Miley realized that they were not going to let her be the boss she turned around and stomped out of the playhouse hollering out,  “FINE, I know when I’m not wanted!”