Red flower

Once upon a time there was a little boy who studied at a big school.

One morning the teacher said "Today weíre going to draw."

"Good" thought the little boy.

He liked to draw lions, tigers, chickens, trains and boats. 

He got his color-pencils and started drawing.

"Wait!! Donít start yet." said the teacher.

She waited until all the students were ready and then said ...

"Weíre going to draw flowers."

The little boy started drawing beautiful flowers with his pink, orange and blue pencils.

"Wait" said the teacher. "Iíll show you how to do it."

And the flower she drew was red with a green stem.

"Ok" said the teacher "now you can do it."

The little boy looked at the flower the teacher had drawn , looked at his own  flowers and liked his best. He couldn't say that so he turned the sheet of  paper over and drew a flower just like the one the teacher had drawn - red with a green stem.

Another day the students were having class outside and the teacher said ...

"Today we are going to play with clay."

"Great" the boy thought.

He liked to play with clay.

He could make things like elephants, mice, cars and trucks.

He started to take some clay in his hands and make a big ball.

Then the teacher said ... "Wait ! Donít start yet."

She waited until all the students were ready.

"Now" she said "weíre going to make a plate."

"Good" thought the little boy.

He liked to make plates of different sizes and shapes.

The teacher said ... "Wait !! Iíll show you how to do it."

It was a soup-plate.

"Ok" she said "now you can start."

The little boy looked at the plate the teacher had made, looked at his own plate and liked his best. He couldnít say it so he got his plate, made it  into a big ball and started it again.

He made a soup-plate just like the one the teacher had made.

And since early in his life he learned not to do things by himself but to wait for a model.

And then the little boy went to another school.

This one was even bigger than the other one.

One day the new teacher said ... "Today weíre going to draw."

"Good" thought the little boy.

He waited to see what the teacher would draw.

The teacher didnít draw anything.

She only walked around the room.

Then the teacher approached the little boy and asked "Donít you like to draw?"

"Yes" he said "but what are we going to draw?"

"I donít know" said the teacher "draw whatever you want."

"How can I do it?" he asked.

"Any way you want." said the teacher.
"But what colors should I use?" he asked.

"You choose. If everybody makes the same drawing with the same colors how can I know which drawing is yours?" she said.

"I donít know" answered the boy.

And he draw a red flower with a green stem.

Many times we want our children, friends, relatives, people we love, to do things the way we believe is the correct one.

Are we right?

Other times we sit and wait until someone tells us what to do. 

Is that right? 

Helen Buckley


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