The Little Charmer, by Wise Owl

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Children Stories  |  House: Booksie Classic

This is a story about love and acceptance. Dean, the eldest and first-born son, must come to grips with the arrival of his baby sister, Gracie, into the family. Dean struggles with this monumental life change, but ultimately learns that his sister and their relationship is the greatest gift of all.

The Little Charmer

 

When my little sister was born, my parents named her Grace Eleanor White because they said, “We are blessed to have her grace our lives.”

From the moment she was born, Gracie was the center of attention.  Both doctors and nurses agreed, she was the most beautiful and well-behaved baby they had ever seen.

When Gracie came home, family, friends, and neighbors alike gaped in awe.  It was love at first sight.

She giggled, she cooed, she drooled, she pooed, and everyone clapped and smiled and swooned. 

They exclaimed, “Oh, how precious!  Oh, how sweet!  Isn’t little Gracie neat?”

Even Fritz our finicky cat purred and lay at her dainty feet while she napped.

My friends at school said, “Relax, Dean.  Gracie will grow and the adults will snap out of it.  You’ll see.”  But that wasn’t the half of it.

They were right about one thing.  Gracie did grow.  She grew and she grew, and with each passing day her fan club grew too.  Too many to count, but I’ll name a few.

There was Mrs. McClure and Mrs. McGee, the little old ladies down at the bakery.

There was Sam our grocer over at Foods Best and Jennie our mail carrier at the post office.

There was Ray at the hardware store and Cindy the florist, and Officer Dan who patrolled the streets for us.

All the way up and down Main Street, Gracie charmed them all, one at a time, and having a ball.

My friends had been so wrong, so wrong.  Gracie was more popular than before, leaving me to wonder...what more, what more?

Even my best friend Robbie Brown had the nerve to be charmed while swinging upside down one day at the playground.

I’d had enough and felt pushed to the brink.  My fists clenched, my whole body shook.  I turned away and walked off to sulk.

Down by the lake, Gracie caught up with me.  Tears streamed from her eyes as she asked, “Why don’t you like me?  What did I do?  Why can’t I ever make you smile like the others do?”

“Why?” I cried.  “I’ll tell you why.  From the moment you came into my life, I’ve felt like a shadow lurking on the wall and not like a real person at all.  Whenever you’re near, no one notices me, you hear?  They’re too busy being charmed by little Gracie, who beams sunshine from ear to ear.  So just leave me alone.  Go away!  I am not your fan and I don’t want to play.  Go and shed sunlight on someone else’s day.”  And with that, I stalked away. 

There, I had said it right down to the letter.  Why is it then I didn’t feel better?

Things were different in our town after that day.  The skies were grayer, the streets quieter, and the townspeople sadder.  And I wasn’t much happier.

“What’s wrong?” I called out to all on Main Street one day.  Why are we all so blue and moping about in this way?”

Where’s Gracie I thought as they shuffled away.  She would know just what to do to brighten their day.

This had to stop!  Our town must be saved!  I ran home to get Gracie straightaway!

I found her sitting in our yard, looking up at the tree.  When I stepped on a branch she turned her sorrowful eyes to me.

“I never meant to hurt you,” she said.  I’ve loved you from the moment we met.  You’re my brother, Dean.  Please don’t give up on me yet.”

Oh no!  I had been such a fool.  I didn’t realize how much Gracie needed me too.

I am her big brother, and so far I’d been a flop.  But never again...my days of being selfish would stop!

I took Gracie’s wee hand in mine and asked her to forgive me this time.

I promised I would not let her down again, that I would be there through thick and thin.

Her eyes lit up and her dimples shown.  It wasn’t long now for our town to be reborn.

All at once with a flash of her magical smile, the sun came out from behind the clouds for awhile. 

And that’s how I came to know my little sister for the wonderful person she is.  For the first time I understood that her gift of love brings others bliss.

These days, as Gracie and I walk down Main Street hand in hand, it’s very clear for all to see that I am her biggest fan!

 


Submitted: January 04, 2015

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J Woods

This is just adorable. You have a way of touching the world in a very different way than I could ever.

Well done.

Sat, May 30th, 2015 7:17pm

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J you are so kind. I must say this story is a personal favorite of mine and it pleases me greatly that you enjoyed it!

Thu, June 4th, 2015 8:28pm

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