Lightening a load
“Can I ask you a question?”
“Sure,” said the statue.
“Doesn’t what you’re carrying ever get heavy?”
“Yes. It does.”
“Then why do you carry it?” asked the girl.
“I carry it because the hopes and dreams of
little girls are inside the vessel. If I put it down,
all will be lost. This is the only thing that keeps
girls from giving up, in a world that has been
stolen from them.”
“I didn’t know that,” said the girl. “Would you
like some gum?”
“I would, but I will be unable to chew it, or
blow bubbles. Maybe you could do that for me.”
“Sure,” she said, unwrapping a piece of pink bubble
gum. “I’m sorry you have to carry such so much.”
“It’s the least I can do,” said the statue.
The girl chewed until the gum was ready. Then
she blew the biggest bubble she could.
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