Chapter 3 – Selfishness

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 that 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?

PLAY 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.”

 Emily’s Friend Miley

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

Miley

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 peculiar 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.

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!”

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Chapter 2 – Chores and Responsibility

EMMY’S FAVORITE DAY

Saturday is Emmy’s favorite day of the week. On Saturday, after doing the chores on her chore list, she is free to do whatever she wants to do.  One Saturday morning Emily was so excited to go outside that she almost forgot about her chores. I say ‘almost’ because little Joe caught her just as she was rushing out the door.

“Mama,” Little Joe yelled, “Emmy is going outside and she did not do her chores. “ Emily stopped dead in her tracks and looked back at little Joe, “Oh, little Joe,” Emily said frowning, “I might have made it outside if you had not opened your big mouth and tattled on me.”

Happy Saturday

Little Joe shrugged his shoulders and smiled innocently as Mama entered the room. “Emily dear, is it true you were going to sneak out before doing your chores?” “Well,” Emily said, “I was not really going to sneak out.   I just plain forgot, mama.  All I could think about was getting outside.  It’s a beautiful day and you know how much I love the sunshine.”

Mama smiled softly and Emmy noted the kindness and understanding in her eyes. Emily loved her Mama.  Looking at Emily, Mama said, “Emmy, I know how you love the sunshine and that you love to play, but you must remember that there are chores to do and as your Mama, it is my job to teach you responsibility.  Do you remember what that word means Emily?” Emily tried to be pleasant and answered, “Yes Mama I do. Responsibility means to do the stuff I’m supposed to do so I can grow up to take care of myself and not be lazy.”  Mama shot Emily a bright smile and said, that’s right Emmy!

RESPONSIBILITY

Emily ran to the hallway to look at the chore chart hanging on the wall. Her bedroom was the first room on the chore chart.  She read the chores for her bedroom and then set her feet toward her room. She started by making her bed. Emily carefully tucked in the corners of the top sheet and placed her pillow at the head of the bed.  Next, she picked up the end of her pink and green quilt and fluffed it in the air.  On the last

She started by making her bed. Emily pulled the top sheet over the bottom sheet until they were centered on the bed.  Then she carefully tucked in the corners of the top sheet and placed her pillow at the head of the bed.  Next, she picked up the end of her pink and green quilt and fluffed it in the air.  On the last shake, she landed it as close as she could to cover the whole bed.  She did a pretty good job!  She only had to pull the quilt a little bit down toward the foot of the bed.  Now she smoothed out the wrinkles and stood back to admire her work. A happy feeling skipped across her heart, just as it always did when Emily did an excellent job. Next, Emily picked up the toys and books that were on the floor.  She placed her books on the bookshelf and arranged them all neatly.

Red hair and freckles just like Emmy.

After arranging her books she picked up her toys.  The last toy Emily picked up was her favorite doll, Melinda.  Melinda was a Christmas present from Mama and Papa when Emily was only 3 years old.  Emily still remembered opening the present and finding an adorable, soft doll who looked just like her with red hair and freckles. She named her Melinda, after her cousin who had red hair and freckles too. Melinda was her favorite playmate and the one who knew all her secrets.

Before placing Melinda on the end of the bookshelf, Emily hugged her close and kissed her on the top of her head.  After placing Melinda on the shelf she lovingly tucked her Teddy Bear named Berry and Scotty her stuffed Puppy on either side of her.

The last thing she had to do is to pick up the clothes on the floor.  She gathered the clothes, she should have picked up the night before, and hurriedly carried them to the laundry room.  Now it was time to check off the boxes on the chore chart.  Emily always got excited to check each chore off the list.

Chores and Responsibility

Emily’s extra chore for the week was to clean the sink and mirror in the kids’ bathroom.  Emily was a pro at this job.  Mama taught her how to squirt just enough cleaner into the sink to get rid of yuck and dirt. While the cleaner was working, mama says to let it set, Emily took a soft cloth from the cupboard and sprayed a tiny bit of cleaner on it.  She rubbed the faucet with the cloth until it sparkled.

Next, she grabbed the scrubber from under the sink.  Emily scrubbed hard being careful to scour every inch of the sink.  When she was sure every bit of dirt was gone, she rinsed the sink.  Emmy was careful not to splash all over the place when she rinsed the sink.

The sink was clean and sparkly.  She looked up from the sink and into the mirror.  “Yes, this mirror is dirty, it needs to be cleaned!” Emmy decided.  She reached under the sink to grab the window cleaner and went to work on the mirror.  Emmy lightly sprayed the cleaner all over it.  As Emmy Rubbed her cloth vigorously, over the mirror the splatters and smudges disappeared. Emmy stepped back and admired her work, then she focused on her face, thinking, “Mama says my freckles are angel kisses … but I sure wished they weren’t so red!”

Even though cleaning was not Emily’s favorite thing to do, she always felt proud of her work.  Emily learned a wise saying when she was a little kid, “Many hands make light work.” Emily was glad that she could help make the work lighter for her Mama.

 

Bear Hugs

Satisfied with her work, Emily took off running toward the door. As she ran she called back, “Momma, I’m done with my chores, I’m going to play outside now.” “Just a minute Ms. Emily,” she heard Mama call “Let me check your work.” Emily once again stopped dead in her tracks.  Another failed attempt to get outside, thought Emily trying hard not to be grumpy.

Mama came around the corner and smiled at Emily, “Honey, you know the rules; after you do your chores you need to ask me to check your work … right?” “Yes Mama,” answered Emily as she was thinking, “If I always did my chores like mama taught me, she probably would not have to check them every time,” Emily told herself that from now on she was going to do her best when doing her chores; After all, she reasoned, she was not a baby anymore.

Way To Go!

Following Mama to the bedroom, she stopped and watched mama’s eyes as they surveyed the room. Mama smiled as she said, “Great job Emily, I like how neatly you made your bed.” Emily was pleased that mama noticed; it made her feel happy inside. “Thank you, mama,” Emily replied. Next, Mama walked down the hallway toward the bathroom. As she turned through the door and walked into the room, Mama stopped suddenly putting her hand across her eyes. “Oh My,” she exclaimed, “The light bouncing off the faucet is blinding me.” Emily giggled and said, “Oh Mama you are silly.” “Yes,” Mama agreed, “I am your silly mama, and I am glad to say you did a super job with your chores today; now out the door with you before you miss any more of this beautiful day.”