Caroline was bad with Kate but Kate responded with kindness instead.
"Caroline, I would like to borrow a pen from you, please? I have forgotten mine and today we have an exam."
"Look, Kate! It's your responsibility to bring a pen with you especially today we have an exam. I have two pens and will not loan one to you."
"Look, Susan! Kate will not succeed because she gets no pen. Ha! Ha! Ha!"
"Caroline, don't be niggardly!" Susan replies.
"Be quiet please! The exam will start in a few minutes. Keep your places!" Lili the teacher says.
Kate is trembling like a leaf.
" Let's start the exam please!"
Lili looks at Kate and says, "Why aren't you responding to the questions. "You are a studious student".
Kate's face flushes and she whispers saying, "I have no pen".
Lili gives her one and Kate regains a radiant smile.
"I have finished. Madam, can I leave now?" Kate says with great self-assurance.
"Have you responded to all the questions? Have you checked your responses yet?"
"Yes, of course, madam".
Kate has succeeded in the exam and is the first in her class.
At the school feast, Kate is happy to be rewarded on this magnificent day that coincides with the end of the year feast.
Santa is present and is masked into a cow.
"Kate wait a minute please," Caroline says.
"I want to take a picture with Santa but Santa has agreed to let me take one only if I were with you".
"Caroline, don't you remember how much you did provoke me in the past?" Kate replies.
Caroline remains numb unable to say anything.
"To succeed, someone should like for others what he likes for himself," Kate adds.
"People cannot live without helpfulness", She adds.
"I will take a picture with you, Caroline". She adds.
Caroline's tears drop afloat and she says, "I do not deserve your kindness. I have been so bad with you. Please forgive me".
"You should learn from your mistakes, Caroline. Let's take a picture with the cow Santa", Kate responds.
KHBEY/The life lesson/343 words/December 8th 2020