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Children's Stories
by Margo Fallis
Just Be Yourself

Susan had along blonde hair and big blue eyes. The problem was that so did most of the other children in her school class. “I look like everyone else! I'm not special! I'm boring!” Susan complained to her mother.

She decided to try to make herself look different. She painted big pink spots on her neck and when she didn't get attention, she stuck a long rubber nose on top of her real nose. Nobody noticed that either. She took ink and poured it all over her hair. She wore a clown costume to school and stuck twigs in her ears, but no matter what she did, she still didn't get any attention and nobody thought she was special.

One morning her mother went to wake her up and told her to get ready for school. She's made Susan wash the ink out of her hair and rub the pink spots off her neck.

“I'm not going to school today! I'm boring!” She buried her head under the pillow and cried.

“Susan,” her mother said, “you are different. You are unique and special. Nobody in the whole world looks just like you. Some people have blonde hair like you and some have blue eyes like you, but none of them has your smile or the twinkle in your eyes or your rosy cheeks. Nobody giggles like you either. Now get up and get ready for school.”

Susan went to school that day and looked at all the other kids in her class. “Mom was right. Nobody looks just like me.” Susan smiled. “I am special. I am unique and I am not boring!”

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