STORY XXIV – BEAUTIFUL HANDS
- “O Miss Roberts! what coarse-looking hands Mary Jessup has!” said Daisy Marvin, as she walked home from school with her teacher.
- “In my opinion, Daisy, Mary’s hands are the prettiest in the class.”
- “Why, Miss Roberts, they are as red and hard as they can be. How they would look if she were to try to play on a piano!” exclaimed Daisy.
- Miss Roberts took Daisy’s hands in hers, and said, “Your hands are very soft and white, Daisy–just the hands to look beautiful on a piano; yet they lack one beauty that Mary’s hands have. Shall I tell you what the difference is?”
- “Yes, please, Miss Roberts.”
- “Well, Daisy, Mary’s hands are always busy. They wash dishes; they make fires; they hang out clothes, and help to wash them, too; they sweep, and dust, and sew; they are always trying to help her poor, hard-working mother.
- “Besides, they wash and dress the children; they mend their toys and dress their dolls; yet, they find time to bathe the head of the little girl who is so sick in the next house to theirs.
- “They are full of good deeds to every living thing. I have seen them patting the tired horse and the lame dog in the street. They are always ready to help those who need help.”
- “I shall never think Mary’s hands are ugly any more, Miss Roberts.”
- “I am glad to hear you say that, Daisy; and I must tell you that they are beautiful because they do their work gladly and cheerfully.”
- “O Miss Roberts! I feel so ashamed of myself, and so sorry,” said Daisy, looking into her teacher’s face with tearful eyes.
- “Then, my dear, show your sorrow by deeds of kindness. The good alone are really beautiful.”
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