A Short Story about Forgiveness (for children 6-9 years)
I was cold. I sat with my arms hugging my body on the step outside my house. I was cross. My sister had been annoying me again and I shouted at her. I threw her doll out of the window. My dad told me to go and get it and not to be so silly. I stamped outside and slammed the door. Why should I get her stupid doll? What did I care if it got wet in the rain? It didn’t matter to me. The porch over the front door was small, but it was keeping me dry. I didn’t want to go back indoors again. I started shivering. I only had my tee shirt on.
The front door opened a crack. My sister peeped through it at me. I pretended not to see her.
‘I’m sorry, Tom,’ she said.‘I didn’t mean to annoy you.’
Suddenly I felt better. I looked up.
‘Come back in Tom,’ she said. ‘I’ll lend you my snake toy if you like.’
I jumped down off the step and ran into the garden. There under the tree was her doll. I picked it up. It cried. It was one of those dolls. I ran back in through the front door. My sister took the doll and gave it a hug. She pulled me through to the living room and put her snake toy in my hand.
‘I’m sorry too, ‘ I said. ‘Is your doll OK?’
‘She doesn’t mind getting wet,’ said my sister, ‘I gave her a bath yesterday!’
Suddenly I felt much better. I felt happy again, and warm. We played a good game with the doll and the snake. The snake was magic and it could bring the doll anything it wanted. And you know what the doll wanted? She wanted a big brother to play with. So I pretended to be the doll’s big brother. My sister does think up some strange games!
Does the story remind you of anything in your life?
- In the story, who said sorry?
- How did Tom feel after he had forgiven his sister?
- Why did Tom say he was sorry?
- How did his sister show that she had forgiven him?
- What might have happened if neither Tom nor his sister had forgiven each other?
- Do you think this happens in families very often? What do you think about it?
- Older children:What does bearing a grudge mean?