By Terry Benjamin Jr.
One Friday afternoon in June, a mischievous boy named Jack was walking around and exploring his village, Jennings. He was extremely happy because he had just eaten a huge slice of pizza and his pocket was full of brand new marbles. While walking, he stopped at Mr Joseph’s Farm. Everyone in the village spoke of this farm because it had all kinds of animals, fruits and vegetable. Jack looked carefully around the farm. It was very quiet. “Mr Joseph must be at the market because his blue truck is not here,” he thought to himself. He quickly jumped over the fence and stole a pretty brown chicken. He thought that the chicken would make a nice pet.
Jack was very adventurous, so the next Friday he returned to the farm. He saw a sign on the fence of the farm that read “If you find a chicken please bring it back to the farm.” Jack chuckled to himself and jumped over the fence again and this time he stole some tomatoes and cucumbers, hid them inside of his school bag and went home. When he got home, he took out the vegetables and gave them to his mother.
“Where did you get those vegetables and the chicken?” asked his mother.
“From my school’s farm,” Jack answered. Not suspecting anything, his mother went to the kitchen to do her cooking.
The following Friday after school, Jack was on his way to the farm again because his friend John told him that that Mr Joseph had the sweetest kidney mango tree at the back of farm that was full of ripe mangoes. On arriving at the farm, Jack saw a sign that read “I may not be robbery proof but you are not bullet proof”. Jack paused for a while. “What if I got caught and shot,” he thought to himself. He realized that the fence now had some sharp barb wire at the top so he could not climb over. He wanted to change his mind from going into the farm but decided that nothing and no one was going to keep him away from the sweet kidney mangoes.
Daring Jack found a piece of steel nearby and decided to dig a tunnel under the fence and enter the farm. It took him only ten minutes because the soil was very soft. As soon as he got into the farm, he found the mango tree, climbed it and ate many sweet mangoes. Suddenly, he noticed some dark clouds. “It is going to rain,” he thought to himself. He quickly picked some mangoes for his mother and came down from the tree.
As soon as Jack’s feet touched the ground, a strong hand grabbed him and he turned around to face an angry Mr Joseph who had a gun in his hand.
“What are you doing here? You are Suppooooooose to be at the maaaarket,” Jack stammered.
“So you are the bad boy who is always stealing things from my farm. I am going to take you to the police,” he shouted.
“Please don’t because my mother’s blood pressure would go up. I promise never to steal from you again,” he kneeled on the ground and begged.
“You should have thought of your mother before you entered my farm. By the way what is your mother’s name ?” he asked.
“Joan Smith,” Jack answered.
Mr Joseph looked at Jack keenly and told him that he was not going to take him to the police because his mother had done a kind deed for him in the past.
Jacked thanked Mr Joseph for giving him a chance and promised never to steal again. He walked home feeling very ashamed of himself and decided to tell his mother of the bad deeds that he had done.
Author’s Bio: Terry Benjamin Jr was born on 19th December 2002 to Terry and Idris Benjamin. He lives in Jennings and is presently in Grade Six at St. John’s Catholic Primary School. Terry’s favourite subjects are Mathematics and Computer. He is an honourable mention in the 2014 Wadadli Pen Challenge in the 12 and younger age category.
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