Once upon a time there lived a lady named Betty Brown, who lived a very brown life. What is a brown life, you ask? Well, you may ask –and I will tell you - for that is why I’ve written this story. Betty lived in Browntown. She lived in a brown house. Her parents were Brenda - who raised brown rabbits - and Bob, who worked in a cardboard factory.
Betty had brown hair, brown freckles and brown eyes. She wore brown eyeglasses, and almost all her clothing was brown. She had a brown hamster, named Brownie. Betty ate mostly brown foods, like potatoes, lentils, and roast beef with brown gravy – and she loved chocolate. (Well, I can hardly blame her for that, can you?)
I could go on for quite some time about all the brown things in Betty’s brown life, but that would make a very uninteresting story. I’m sure you don’t want to read about her brown car, brown linens and carpets, her brown wallpaper and furniture, and more brown things than could fill a brown mountainside.
I certainly wouldn’t.
As Betty grew to be a woman, she began to wonder if her life was intended to be so brown. After all, she saw people wearing other-colored clothing, and who owned things which were not brown. She read, in her Bible, about her Father in Heaven, Who had created a world full of beauty and color. Betty knew that she couldn’t truly say her life contained much “beauty and color.”
So, she asked her Father in Heaven to show her some of the beauty and color He’d created. And, her Father, Who loved her dearly – as He does all of His children – showed her these things in a very special way.
He showed her Horatio Bright.
Now, Horatio was a nice young man, but no one in Browntown knew what to make of him. Certainly there were others who enjoyed a variety of experiences in their everyday life – but no one enjoyed variety quite as much as Horatio.
Horatio’s appearance itself was a bit out of the ordinary. His hair was streaked and it featured a mop of unruly curls. While one of Horatio’s eyes was blue, the other was green. He loved wearing multicolored outfits that featured as many colorful patterns as possible. If someone were to tell Horatio that his chosen colors or patterns clashed, he would just grin and say, “well, maybe so, but doesn’t it look wonderful?”
“Wonderful” was Horatio’s favorite word. In fact, that’s the way Horatio looked at all aspects of life: as “wonderful.” Horatio appreciated variety. He ate different foods each day and traveled to as many places as his job – as a maker of crayons, where he delighted in creating new and vibrant colors – would allow him. He fairly throbbed with kinetic energy; and most people became somewhat uncomfortable in his presence, after only a short time.
I don’t recall exactly how Horatio and Betty met, but meet they did. You wouldn’t imagine Horatio would notice someone as quiet as Betty, but he did. He took one look at her and told her she was “wonderful.”
“Who, me?” said Betty.
“Why, yes, lovely lady. You are wonderful.” He said, as he smiled his lopsided smile.
Betty just stared at him. She’d never seen so many colors together in one place, at one time; let alone on one person. To be sure, she’d never even taken notice of any of the young men in her own town – and, needless to say, none had taken much notice of her.
But she noticed Horatio. Betty was thrilled by the vivid colors of his clothes. His bi-colored eyes hypnotized her, and his lopsided smile made her want him to smile again.
They began to talk, and though no one knows what they discussed, it must have satisfied something within both of them. And, as time went on and these two were frequently seen together, it was observed by the Browntowners that Betty became more lively and colorful – and Horatio began wearing outfits that matched, and his nervous energy began to dissipate.
And, it came to pass that, within a few months, Betty Brown became Betty Bright.
And, as for the beauty and color Betty had prayed for her heavenly Father to show her? Together, she and Horatio discovered it, one day at a time. And they lived “wonderfully” ever after.
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