Write about a lesson you’ve learned the hard way.
This story happened during my second grade at school in Canada. My mom had gone on a business trip, and brought me back a Beanie Baby monkey with a tuft of hair on its head. I loved that monkey and thought it was so cute.
I thought it would be a good idea to bring it to school with me one day. I carried it outside during recess, and placed it on the concrete next to me where I was playing with the other kids. We moved on to another area, and then back inside after recess was over. I didn’t think of the monkey until later. My mom had come to school to pick me up, and I took her and a lady from the after school program to the spot where I had left it. It was gone. We looked all over for it, but couldn’t find it. I was so disappointed that I had lost my new favorite toy.
Lesson number one, I shouldn’t have brought it to school in the first place. Lesson number two, and probably the most important one, be careful with your prized possessions. This could be applied to so many things, not just to material stuff. If I am careless about my joy, how easily can it be stolen? What if I don’t value my gift of friendship and give it to others who stomp on it, even though I knew that they were not the right kind of people to be friends with? How about wasting time on things that are not productive? These are the gifts that we must guard fervently because their loss affects us deeply.