…and the expedition of Lewis and Clark was completed after two years,” concluded the teacher. “Remember—test on Friday.”
Within seconds the bell rang, but not before Julie noticed a note had been secretly placed on her desk. She glanced around to see who could have put it there, but no one gave any indication that it was from them. Since it was time to go home, she put the note in her pocket and gathered her books. However, after she had her coat on and was ready to climb into the bus, she could wait no longer. She reached for the note in her pocket and cautiously unfolded it.
You are a snob. I hope you fale this history test. I hope you have to go back to first grade.
P.S. Make that kindergardon!”
How Julie wished she had waited to read the note! A rush of emotion came over her as she entered the bus. She tried to act as if everything was fine, when really all she wanted to do was cry. It would be a miserable ride home.
“Hey, Julie, sit here!” called Sarah.
Julie tried to smile as she joined her friend.
“You ready for that history test on Friday?” asked Sarah cheerfully.
“Not yet,” said Julie. Did she dare show Sarah the note? After some silence she said, “Sarah, I want to show you something—but you can’t tell!”
Sarah loved secrets. ‘Oh, I won’t tell!” So Julie shared the note with her.
“That’s awful!” cried Sarah, “Let’s write a worse note back to Jane!”
For a second that sounded like a good idea to Julie too—but only for a second. “No, wait, I don’t think so.”
“But why not? She deserves it!”
“Maybe so. But I think we better just forget about it.” As the words came out of Julie’s mouth, she knew how hard it would be to forget about it!
Sarah sighed and shook her head, “I can’t figure you out.”
Julie replied, “Jesus would be meek. He wouldn’t write a mean note back. I won’t either.”
Then Julie ripped up the note and threw it in the trash as she left the bus.
Connie is the mother of 5 children and attends Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan.