In a small town near the city loved a poor boy named Ryan. His family was so poverty-stricken that they did not receive two square meals even after sweating briskly the whole day. Thus at a young age, Ryan had to do some job for fulfilling his family’s needs.
It was Ryan’s greatest dream to study in a good school. He often told his Mom, “”Ma, I want to become a renowned doctor when I grow up”, to which his mother only nodded her head being depressed and continued with her work. In this way, Ryan’s desires were buried deep inside his sorrowful heart.
Ryan worked in a lavish house which he had always dreamt of having. The family that owned this house possessed immense wealth. They had two children, Kelly & Dick who were really kind souls unlike their parents, who had no soft corner for anybody and were greedy.
Kelly & Dick came to know about the condition of Ryan and they felt pity for him. They therefore decided to help him. Finding a suitable opportunity, one evening Kelly said, “Mom, do you know about the poor life of Ryan? Don’t you think we should help him?” But her questions were ignored and no one listened to their pleadings saying that helping a poor countryside boy was just a waist of money.
Dejected but still filled with hope, Kelly & Dick decided to do something themselves. They saved their pocket money while the other children were having a gala time eating ice creams and candies. The children though eyed them greedily, gradually learnt to control their desires. At last when they had enough money, they provided Ryan with books and pencils. Ryan also kept up with their expectations and worked hard. Dick & Kelly also helped Ryan when they had finished their home works.
Seeing their children working so hard, their parents’ heart was filled with remorse and pity. They immediately admitted Ryan to a good school and financed all his expenses. “Oh, thank you, Mom & Dad”, shouted Dick (happily of course!) when he heard this news and gave his parents a great hug.
The next day when the kids returned from school, they got a real surprise. Something was scrawled on the wall near the gate with a piece of crayon. “Who could’ve done this?”, asked Dick hatching his school bag off his shoulder.
Kelly said in a low voice, “Ma is going to be angry at us”. As she closed the gate behind her, she noticed a piece of paper on the hibiscus bush. It had the same handwriting. “What check!” she cried. “Is someone playing a joke on us?”
Surprised, they entered their house where Mom thrust an envelope into her hand. They soon opened it with a grim face, but burst in peals of laughter as they read the great ‘Thank You’ card inside. They explained that this was all Ryan’s doing to give them special thanks on him being selected for the medicine course to pusue his ambition to become a doctor. “But he will always remain special for us”, shouted the kids in unison.
After writing my short story, I really think kids like Kelly & Dick can make a great difference by changing their parents’ behavior. And oh yes! At least it always is delighting to help someone who is really in need. What do you think?