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Daddy's Fav Shirt
by Janet Elson
08/22/09
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Little Jack and little Tom were two lovely twins. They looked exactly the same. Even their parents got confused many times. They smiled and cried alike. But their characters were just the opposite. Jack was very calm, quite and innocent. But Tom was a very talkative, tricky and naughty.

Mommy and Daddy both showed their love to Jack more than Tom because Jack was very obedient. He helped mommy at home in everything she did while Tom watched cartoons all day long. Jack went to the market to buy things for mommy but Tom went to play cricket with his friends. Jack took pleasure in helping his parents, but Tom took it as a big burden to help them.

One fine Saturday morning, Jack and Tom were playing ‘Fetch’ with their pet dog, Simba in the garden. As Jack threw the stick for Simba to fetch, it fell on Daddy’s favourite T Shirt that mom had put in the shade for drying. The stick brought the T-Shirt down and Simba tore the shirt apart. ‘No’ cried the Tom and pulled the shirt from the dog’s mouth. Jack stood dumbstruck as Tom corrected the little dog. ‘O my God’ exclaimed Jack, ‘what am I going to do?’. Tom comforted him and said ‘Don’t worry, mom and dad will never come to know about this’. But in his heart he had already devised his wicked little plan. Jack, took the torn T Shirt and hid it in a hole in a tree behind the house.

The next day was Sunday. While every one was getting ready to go to church, Tom was still sleeping in his soft and cosy bed. There was too many things to be done before going to church. Jack woke him up to get ready to church. ‘Can you keep my things ready before I get up?’ asked Tom, ‘What? Why should I get things ready for you?’ said Jack. ‘Come on Jack, don’t you remember the T-Shirt, should I tell that to dad?’. ‘No’ said Jack, ‘but can’t you choose your own clothes and iron them atleast?’. ‘No’ said Tom and covered his head. Finally Jack did everything Tom wanted him to do. He even had to cover up as Tom did not go to Sunday School.

Days were very smooth now for Tom, he got everything done through Jack. Tom would have the best of everything even ice creams and chocolates. He would jump into the mango grove and steal and put Jack in front who gets the punishment instead. Tom took advantage of Jack and used him as much as possible. Luckily Daddy and mommy had seemed to have forgotten about the T Shirt. Almost a week had past and Jack’s life was turning miserable, he couldn’t take it anymore.

One day during the family prayer daddy read the book of Proverbs, Chapter 28. As he read the verse 18 “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.*” Jack’s eyes welled up in tears. After the prayer, Jack broke into a loud cry. “DADDY, I AM REALLY SORRY, Your favourite blue T Shirt is gone because of me’. Jack poured out the whole story to his parents as Tom stared at him in anger. Now he cannot bully his twin brother any more. And also he had to get ready for the big punishment for what he did to Jack all these days. Mom and Dad forgave Jack, but Tom was punished and grounded for the next one week.

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