80. A bill for Mama
Jasmin’s most desired possession lay on the shelf in the toy section.
Jasmin: "One needs money. Adults are privileged. They can buy whatever they want. But hey, I have an idea."
Jasmin was in a hurry. After lunch, she went into her room. All that she needed was a pencil and a piece of paper.
Jasmin: "Payroll list for Jasmin. I’m not a slave who works for nothing:
|Recycled glass taken to container||$2,50|
|Every night dishes cleared from table||$8,-|
|Cleaned room (hard work!)||$13,50|
|Emptying the dishwasher||$5,-|
|Take out the garbage (how it stinks!)||$8,-|
|All together it adds up to… 15, 21 …||$41,-|
Please pay quickly!
Your hard-working Jasmin."
Secretly she put the bill on the kitchen table. Already at supper she found a letter by her plate. But she opened it later when she was alone.
Jasmin: "Now I’m curious. (sound of letter being opened, money falling out) Exactly $41,-! I was never so rich. Oh, there’s a note included:
My dear Jasmin!
Here is your pay. You are certainly a diligent girl. When you have time, please read my bill.
|10 years I did your wash||no charge|
|10 years I cooked for you||no charge|
|When you were sick, I took care of you||no charge|
|I played with you||no charge|
|I always took time to listen to your problems and cares||no charge|
I won’t make this list any longer. What I did, I did gladly for you because I love you so very much, my darling. Your Mom."
Jasmin was ashamed. She ran to her mom and hugged her.
Jasmin: "Mom, I’ll never give you a bill again. Here is your money back. I love you!"
Helping others gives them joy and giving does, too. It will soon be Mother’s Day.
Do you want to give joy? I wish that you’ll have a good idea as to how you can surprise your mom.
And remember: Doing for others gives joy back. Not only on Mother’s day.
People: Narrator, Jasmin
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