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Just Simply ... Sitting
By Anne Dressell, J.D. Michel
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Let me tell you a story about one little boy who never thought he was brave.
He never thought he was strong either, nor smart, clever, or bright.
In fact, he never thought he was special, not in any way. Truthfully, he never thought much of himself ... at all!
His name was Simply. Maximus Moore Simply, to be exact. Usually, he preferred to be called just simply, Max.
The fact was, Max's name was actually the subject of a lot of teasing.
Oh yes! The daily playground banter at Noyze Elementary School always included cries of ...
"Oh look! Here comes that Simply 'simple' kid again!" as Max ran passed to play.
Sometimes, even to his face, Max would be told, "You are simply a simpleton to the maximum degree, Max!"
There were times when his very own classmates would refer to him as simply "simple-minded", and would tease that Max couldn't be "Moore simple, even if he simply tried!" Never mind just what the playground bullies said!
Well, eventually Max began to believe those teasers and bullies, and it hurt his feelings ... Tremendously!
Really, what I think hurt Max the very most were all the angry feelings that started growing inside him.
You see, sometimes these new feelings gave Max a lot of energy.
Sometimes, they made it impossible for him to listen and concentrate. But mostly, these angry feelings made even his best friends want to play elsewhere ... without him.
There were many days that Max felt so full of angry feelings that he couldn't help but to bring them home with him!
And, of course, THAT never worked out well for anyone!
Max was troubled. He didn't know what to do.
He did know some things, however. Max knew that he didn't like bullies, or hurtful teasers, or mean actions either, that was for sure!
You must know by now that Max was a nice boy, so don't get me wrong. Max was just so unused to such angry feelings, that caused him such angry thoughts, which led to such angry and thoughtless actions. Well, you get the picture.
Getting into trouble and hurting others, well, it was simply so UNLIKE Max!
BUT, most of all, what Max really knew was that he, Maximus Moore Simply, was becoming exactly all those things that HE DIDN'T LIKE!
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