Good Deeds for the Day

Whenever I am good and kind And help someone I see, I feel so very happy (Children’s Songbook, page 197).

Sarah listened as Mom talked on the phone. She was telling Dad how Sister Evans’ car had a flat tire, so Mom had given her, her baby, and her groceries a ride home. Sarah heard Mom say, “I did my good deed for the day.”

Sarah was puzzled. She wandered into the family room where her big brother, Christopher, was busy folding the laundry. “What’s a good deed?” she asked.

“A good deed is something helpful that you do for someone,” Christopher explained. “For example, if you helped me put away these clothes, you would be doing a good deed.”

“OK, I’ll help,” Sarah said. She scooped up a stack of towels and hurried to the bathroom to put them away. Before long, the job was done.

“Thank you, Sarah,” Christopher said.

Sarah smiled. “You’re welcome,” she said. “I guess I did my good deed for the day.” She went to tell Mom what she had done. On the way, she saw her baby brother, Adam. He was standing in front of Dad’s big easy chair, looking very unhappy. His ball was on the chair, just out of his reach.

“Oh, Adam,” Sarah exclaimed, “I’ll help you!” She ran to the chair, grabbed the ball, and handed it to Adam. He smiled, threw the ball, and toddled off after it.

“Now I’ve done two good deeds,” Sarah said to herself as she continued to search for Mom. She found her in the kitchen, fixing dinner. “May I set the table?” Sarah asked.

“Of course you may,” Mom answered. “I’m always happy to have you as my helper.”

“I’m doing good deeds today,” Sarah announced as she set the table. “I helped Christopher, then I helped Adam, and now I’m helping you.” She paused, then asked, “What’s a good deed that I can do for Dad?”

“When he gets home from work, you can give him a hug and tell him that you love him,” Mom suggested.

Sarah laughed. “I always do that,” she said. “That’s not a good deed.”

“It is a good deed,” Mom said. “Your dad looks forward to your hug and ‘I love you’ all day long.”

Just then they heard Dad opening the garage door. “Here I go!” Sarah said. She ran to Dad and jumped into his arms. “I love you, Dad!” she declared, giving him a great big hug.

“And I love you, Sarah,” he said, carrying her into the kitchen. “Tell me what you did today.”

Sarah beamed. “I did lots of good deeds.”

“Good for you!” Dad set Sarah down and gave Mom a kiss. “I called Sister Evans and told her that I would change her tire right after dinner.”

“That will be your good deed for the day, Dad!” Sarah declared. “It’s a good thing Sister Evans had a flat tire today or we wouldn’t have been able to do so many good deeds!”

[illustrations] Illustrated by Julie F. Young

Valentine Card

To make this card, you will need: red, green, blue, and gold colored pencils or markers; scissors; glue; 6 1/2″ x 7″ (16.5 cm x 18 cm) piece of colored construction paper; and a pen.

  1. 1.

    In each square with a dot, make an X the same color as the dot.

  2. 2.

    Cut out the card along the heavy black lines.

  3. 3.

    Center the card on the construction paper and glue it in place.

  4. 4.

    Use a pen to sign your name.

Valentine card(click to view larger)


Prayer Helps Me Choose the Right

Each night when I undress myself
Before I get in bed,
I don’t feel right if I get in
Before my prayers are said.
So, I kneel down beside my bed,
Yes, every single night.
I ask my Heav’nly Father’s help
To always choose the right.

[photo] Child photo courtesy of the Visual Resource Library

Good Books for Little Friends

Brave as a Tiger by Libuse Palecvek The little tiger was named Fang because tigers are supposed to be brave. But when he heard a noise, he hid in the tall grass. Then his mother became very ill, and he had to face a raging storm and a dangerous river twice in order to get the doctor.

Never Ride Your Elephant to School by Doug Johnson An elephant at school? Think about it! Then read this book and laugh and laugh. The very funny story is illustrated with very funny pictures.

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad by Nadine Bernard Westcott (adapter) This classic camp song has fun illustrations, and a brief history and simple melody at the end.

More Than Anything Else by Marie Bradby The beautiful art and few words express the intense longing of young Booker T. Washington to read—and the joy he feels upon learning the sounds of the alphabet.

The Emperor’s Garden by Ferida Wolff The people of the village got along well with each other—until they built a garden for the emperor. Then each wanted to name the garden for the part he had built. Almost as if to punish them for their pride, a monsoon flooded the garden. When the emperor came, they were ashamed for him to see it. But he was as wise as he was old.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Dick Brown

Miniature Mexican Kisses

2/3 cup red raspberry jam, at room temperature

1/2 cup red raspberry syrup

2 cups flaked coconut

1/2 box (12 ounces/340 g) vanilla wafer cookies

  1. 1.

    In a small bowl, mix the raspberry jam with the syrup until the lumps disappear.

  2. 2.

    Place the coconut in a small, shallow bowl.

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    Take two cookies and dip them into the jam mixture until they’re completely coated. Press the two flat sides of the cookies together, cover them with coconut, and place them on a cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Let the cookies stand at least 30 minutes before eating.

[photo] Food photo by Craig Dimond