Jane is twenty years old. She is a successful college student. Her boyfriend John is not a successful college student. He did not go to college. Instead, he decided to open a business.
A year goes by and Jane finishes her first year in college. John does very well with his business too. He has many customers and a few good employees.
One day, John asks Jane to marry him. She wants to say yes.
Jane 's parents do not want her to say yes. They think that she is too young for marriage. They say that John is not good for her. He does not go to college. He will not have a college degree.
She tries to explain her point of view to them. "I am an adult. I know that I want to be John 's life partner," she says. "He is a good person and I love him. We are good for each other. We make a good team. It does not matter if he does not get a college degree. He can take good care of us."
Her parents continue to try to talk Jane out of marriage right up until their wedding day. Jane puts on her white dress and her mother says, "Are you sure you want to do this? You are so young. Maybe you should wait."
Jane rolls her eyes, "Yes, Mom. I am very sure."
Jane and John do marry. They rent a nice apartment together. Jane continues to do well in school. John 's business grows. They begin to talk about a family and children.
Jane 's parents see how happy John makes her, and how stable their family is. They begin to understand Jane 's point of view.
Finally, Jane 's mother says, "You are right, Jane. You were always right. You are an adult and you do have the right to marry and to start a family. John is a good choice. We are proud of you both!"
In a small town lives an old man named Mr. Benson. He lives alone. He has a big scar on his face that makes him look a little scary. No one talks to him, and no one helps him carry his things up the difficult stairs to his home.
Mr. Benson does not have any friends. He is not married. But one day, a new family moves into the neighbourhood. They are a nice couple, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and their children, Amanda and David. They move into the building where Mr. Benson lives.
The other people who live in the building welcome the new family. They say hello to Amanda and David, but they tell them not to talk to Mr. Benson. "He is a scary old man. He has no friends and he has a strange scar."
Amanda, David, and their parents think this is very silly advice. When they see Mr. Benson in the hallway or in the street outside their building, they always say hello with a smile and ask how he is feeling today.
Mr. Benson is very happy to see them. He tells them they are always welcome in his home. He gives Amanda and David some delicious cupcakes to eat.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith always help Mr. Benson with his groceries, and Amanda and David like to sit and drink tea with him. He tells wonderful stories! He was once a very famous chef, and he makes the most delicious desserts in the whole world, in Amanda's opinion.
One evening, all the neighbours in the building hear laughter and the sounds of cups and plates and silverware in Mr. Benson's apartment. They are very confused! It sounds like a delightful dinner. They all wonder why they are not invited.
The next day, Mrs. Smith talks to her neighbours. "You really must get to know Mr. Benson. He is so funny! And he is a fantastic chef. He told us the amazing story of his scar. He had an accident when he was helping his parents on their farm."
The neighbours all feel very silly. They do not know anything about Mr. Benson. They all start to follow the examples the Smiths gave them.
Soon, they all enjoy Mr. Benson's delicious cakes every weekend at their potluck dinners. Everyone brings something to these weekly dinners, and they share their food and their time with each other. What they love most of all are Mr. Benson's funny stories!
As they watch Amanda and David play and laugh with Mr. Benson, the neighbours all see that there was nothing to be afraid of. They were not kind to the old man, and he is really a good person. Everyone in the building is happier because of the good example the Smith family set for them. They all live better together now, and Mr. Benson does not feel lonely anymore because he is now part of the community.
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Do Not Steal
Ken is sitting by himself on a bench in the park. He is not very happy. He does not have a laptop, and he really needs one. He has an old, slow computer that does not work very well for all his university projects. He is frustrated because he does not have enough money to buy himself a laptop.
He stands up and starts to walk through the park, feeling unhappy. Soon he sees an old lady sitting on another bench. She has a beautiful new laptop next to her purse on the bench. Ken looks at her. "Now, why does she need a laptop?" he thinks to himself. "She is an old lady. She does not need it for anything important."
Ken thinks about all his important college work. He really needs that laptop. He knows he can just grab it and walk away. The old lady will probably not even notice. Suddenly, a dog starts barking loudly. The old lady looks to see what is happening. Ken takes this perfect chance – he grabs the laptop and quickly walks away.
The next day, Ken tries to use the laptop for a project, but he feels terrible. He cannot even open it because he feels so bad about stealing it. He uses his old computer, but there is the laptop on the desk next to him. He cannot even look at it because he feels so guilty.
When his friend comes over that afternoon, Ken tries to hide the laptop. He does not want anyone to know that he stole it. He feels guilty and embarrassed. As the days pass, Ken becomes grumpy. He is always in a bad mood, and he does not work hard on his university projects.
Ken finally decides he cannot take it anymore. He goes back to the park hoping to find the old lady and return her laptop. He waits and waits, but of course she does not arrive. On the way home, he donates the laptop to a community centre for children. He even gives them some of his old books.
Ken realizes that stealing the laptop was not worth it. When you steal something, it loses its value. Only the rightful owner can use their things happily. A thief cannot. Ken knows he cannot steal and be happy.