“Lizzy, it’s time to go,” called Mommy. “We don’t want to be late to school.”
“Okay, the pink one it is,” said Lizzy as she pulled on the coat in a hurry. “I like this coat, Mommy. The fur is so soft.”
Mommy and Lizzy jumped in the car and made it to school before the first bell rang.
“Okay, Mommy. I will see you then. Have a good day, Mommy,” replied Lizzy.
Lizzy did all her papers, ate all her lunch and played with all her friends at recess.
“It is time to get ready to go meet your parents, so get your coats and hats,” reminded the teacher, Mrs. Lolly.
As Lizzy waited in front of the school for her turn to be picked up, she saw a little girl with her arms wrapped tightly around herself trying to keep warm.
“No,” said the little girl, looking down at her feet. “I don’t have a coat. My coat is too small for me, but my sister can wear it.”
“Oh, I see,” said Lizzy. She didn’t really understand, because Lizzy had always had a coat. In fact, this year, she had two coats. “Here, stand close to me and I will help keep you warm until Mommy gets here.”
The little girl snuggled up to the warm pink fur, just as Lizzy’s Mommy pulled up.
“It’s time to go, but I will see you tomorrow. Oh, what’s your name?” asked Lizzy.
“My name is Sandra, but everyone calls me Sandy.”
“I will see you tomorrow Sandy,” called Lizzy as she got into the car.
“What are you so excited about Lizzy?” asked Mommy.
“Mommy, I have two coats. Can I give Sandy one of my coats? We are the same size,” asked Lizzy.
“What are you talking about? Slow down and explain,” said Mommy.
“Sandy doesn’t have a coat. Her coat is too small for her, but her sister can wear it,” said Lizzy about half out of breath. “Can I give her one of my coats? I can’t wear two at the same time anyway.”
“Yes, Lizzy. You may give Sandy one of your coats,” agreed Mommy. Mommy was like that you know.
Lizzy could hardly wait to get to school the next day. She wore one coat and carried the other with her in a large paper bag. After school, Lizzy hurried to find Sandy. There she was with her arms wrapped tightly around her trying to keep warm.
“Sandy, Sandy,” called Lizzy, “I have a present for you.”
She handed Sandy the paper bag and to her surprise, there was the pretty pink coat with the soft fur around the hat.
“It’s for you, Sandy,” said Lizzy so excited.
“Oh, thank you, thank you,” cried Sandy. “I’ve never had anything so pretty and it is so warm.”
By Gma Mary for Lizzy (Dec. 2008)