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Topic: Repeat (01/24/13)
TITLE: My Brother's Helper
By Jeanette Oestermyer
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One day, Bobby decided to talk to his Mom about how Jim mimicked every word he said and how he felt about it. “How would you like to have Jim copy every word you said?” Bobby asked.
“If I could help Jim get a head start before he goes to school, I would be happy to have him copy all of my words. Having Jim copy all of your words when you and he are together be expected now that he is almost ready to begin first grade.”
“Yea, I guess so” Bobby chimed in with a real smile. “I was just thinking that Jim will find his own words when he starts learning to read better and talk with other beginners in his class. I can remember how I just began to talk and listen to the teacher as she assigned lessons each day. Then she soon had us writing our names and addresses, which is most important for all of us to know. “
The day finally came when Jim was old enough to go to school. Bobby was most excited about this and began to teach Jim a lot of words he had to learn in first grade. Jim had quite a vocabulary, and Bobby figured he would do real well. Also, Jim knew all the words of some of the songs that he sang in Sunday school and some from the adult praise and worship when he sat with his Mom and Dad.
Bobby felt quite proud when he saw Jim’s first grade card. Jim had done so well, and Bobby did not want to remind him that he had helped him.
“You are not going to have trouble with writing and talking and you have made me feel so proud of you, Jim,” Bobby told him.
“Thanks, Bobby,” Jim said. “It was very nice of you to help me learn how to have a conversation with some other kids. I couldn’t have done it without you.”
“I noticed you did come up with a big word; there are not many first graders calling a talk a conversation. Keep up the good work,” Bobby said, ”and don’t boast about how I helped you with using more words. Let us keep this as our secret that only you I and God knows.
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