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Topic: Achoo (04/11/13)
TITLE: Peace iFrom The Barn
By darlene thompson
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Billy scurried up the hay loft ladder. He jumped behind some bales of hay and covered himself with lots of straw. He hunkered down as still as a mouse.
Billy's father, Frank, was hot on his trail. Both he and his wife rummaged through the tool shed, garage, barn stalls and even went next door to the neighbors. There was no sign of Billy.
Billy shuddered under the hay. "Why don't I run away? But I don't know how to survive. Man, this straw itches! Perhaps, if I just stay here things will calm down."
Well, he has to come in some time," said Frank." "I've wasted enough time looking for him. We've told him so many times not to play near the house. You would think he would remember. I'm going to the barn and feed the horse and milk the cows."
Betty replied, "I'll keep an eye out for him. When he gets hungry enough, he'll come in." "Yes, I'm sure he will," answered Frank.
Frank poured some oats for the horse. He sat down on the stool and began to milk. "Achoo, Achoo," came from the loft. "Billy, is that you?" "Yes, Dad, it's me."
"Now why did you run off? You know you broke the window and should have told us immediately." "Yes, Dad, I should have but I got scared. You and Mom have told me many times not to play near the house but I did it anyway." "I'm sorry, I really am." "I was afraid you would ground me and I wouldn't get to play Little League for the summer."
"You're right about a punishment coming your way." "Son, we've always been fair with you--so why would think we wouldn't let you play baseball?" "I thought the punishment would fit what I did after you and Mom had told me not to play around the house."
Billy and his parents sat down at the kitchen table. Frank said, "We lost a lot of time looking for you and trying to clean up the mess." Billy said, "I'm sorry I ran off Mom. It won't happen again." His father said, "For the next three weeks you won't get an allowance. You'll wash and dry the dishes, and use your own money to pay for the window." "I understand. I will do it." "Son, mostly we want you to know we love you even when you make mistakes. You can tell us anything. Do you understand?" Yes, I do and I will take responsibility for what I do from now on." Billy rushed into his parents arms and gave them a big hug. Billy looked up at his parents and said, "You all are like Jesus. He forgives and you do too."
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