Spick and Span

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A tale of two naughty boys - and alesson learned!

Submitted: September 18, 2009

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Submitted: September 18, 2009

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Spick and Span
 
Spick and his brother Span were two of the naughtiest boys you could imagine. They were really messy. They would leave the top off the toothpaste, they would spill marmalade on the sofa and not clear it up. They left dirty towels on the floor of the bathroom and they never, ever made their beds or tidied their room. They never washed up or asked if they could help Mum when she worked so hard.
If Mum asked them to help clear up, they would laugh or take so long it was quicker for her do it. On the way to school each day they would run ahead and jump out at people, make rude faces at drivers and generally mess round. They really were dreadful and Mum despaired.
One day, however, Spick and Span woke up to find the house very quiet. Dad came and spoke to them before he left for work.
‘Boys, Mum has the ‘flu and must stay in bed. Aunty Mildred will take you to school so behave’. Aunty Mildred was strict and Spick and Span hated the walk to school. She would not let them mess around or run ahead like they used to do with Mum and they arrived at school in good time, which was amazing for them.
School passed slowly until they could come home. Another boring walk with Aunty Mildred.
When Spick and Span got home, Mum was still in bed, so they had to wait for Dad to come in and make tea. However, when Dad made tea, there were no clean plates as they had not washed up, the sofa was sticky with marmalade as no one had cleaned it up from the morning when Spick and Span had smeared it everywhere, the floor was covered in mess, which they had left from the night before and when they went to have their baths, there were no clean towels so they had to dry themselves with damp ones. There was toothpaste all over the sink, as they had left the top off the tube.
Eventually, they had tea and went to bed but their beds were very uncomfortable as they had not bothered to make them and there were biscuit crumbs in them from the night before.
After a few hours of uncomfortable dozing Spick woke up. ‘Span?’ he called. ‘ Yes?’ Span was also awake as his bed was crumbly as well.
‘ Do you know what I am thinking?’
‘I think so’........
 
Next day, after Aunty Mildred had taken the boys to school, Mum felt a little better and decided to get up for a while. However, when she went downstairs, she had a terrific shock! She really thought the house had been burgled because things were very strange. The toothpaste top was on, the bathroom was sparkling, clean towels lay neatly folded by the bath. Downstairs, the sofa was clean, the carpet had been brushed and the washing up done. Clean plates had been put in the cupboard and even the boys’ beds were made. Mum decided burglars would not do this and that Aunty Mildred must have done it.
When the boys came home from school Mum asked them, ‘ Boys, do you know if someone has been in or has Aunty Mildred tidied up?’
Both boys looked at their feet and shuffled. Finally Span spoke.
‘It was us, Mum’ he said shyly. ‘We realised how much work we made for you and that we never helped. When you were not there, everything was horrid and dirty. We got up last night as we found our beds so uncomfortable and cleaned everything. We will try and keep things tidy and help more now, won’t we Spick?’
‘Yes, ‘ said Spick.’ We’ll even make our beds!’
Mum gave them a huge hug.
The boys now help Mum a lot – they still make mess but they clear their toys away, make their beds and help wash up.
Now, when someone sees a very tidy room, if you listen carefully, you might just hear them say. ‘ Now, that’s Spick and Span!’.
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