ONCE UPON A TIME

“Once upon a time” I said to the small child,

there were three bears;  a papa bear, a mama bear and a little baby bear….”

“No! No!” said the child. “I already know that story. Tell a different one!”

Once upon a time” I began again, “There was a little girl named Red Riding Hood–“

“No! No!” cried the child, “I already know that story too!  Tell a different one!”

Once upon a time,” I started again, “There were three little pigs–”

“No! No!” exclaimed the child, exasperated. “I know THAT story too!”

I thought and thought, and then I said, “Once upon a time, there was a young boy whose name was Ethan…”

The child smiled and sat back to get comfortable. “Yes!” he said, THIS is the story I want to hear!”

 

Sandra Lee Smith (Grammy) September, 2009

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