Life isn’t easy for a little boy who isn’t responsible. Sometimes he’s late for school. He makes a mess when he eats because he doesn’t pay attention. His big brother calls him a “dumb little kid,” and it’s so frustrating when he forgets to do his homework! Even worse, being irresponsible can get him into big trouble.
Why Does Everything Happen to Me? tells the story of one young boy, learning the importance of responsibility. It’s hard being a kid, remembering so many things: homework, lunch money, and soccer practice. Why should a kid so small be expected to remember so much anyway?
There is a valuable lesson to be learned, however, even when we mess up. The little boy must come to terms with it, especially when his mom asks, “Who forgot his homework? Who forgot his lunch money? Who is to blame?” Even little kids can’t always depend on adults to get things done; sometimes little kids have to be responsible. It’s all part of growing up!
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I got up this morning and got ready for school the same as I always do. Before I started downstairs for breakfast, I went to my toy shelf to look at the new Hot Wheels cars Grandma had sent me for my birthday. I guess I didn't just look, I started playing with them, and that's when I heard Mom calling to me to hurry, or I would be late for school.
When I got downstairs, my brother, Tim, was telling me to hurry and eat or he would leave for school without me. I tried to hurry, but when I poured milk on my cereal, it spilled on the table and my chair. Mom told me to eat, and that she would clean up the mess. I could tell she wasn't happy, but she didn't want me to be late for school.
I only ate part of the cereal and had to leave because Tim said he was leaving without me.
Tim and I got on our bikes and started down the road to school. As we got near school, Tim shouted at me to watch out for some glass in the road. I yelled back and told him I knew how to ride my bike and didn't need to be bossed around by my big brother.
When we got to school, we parked our bikes. Then I found that I had forgotten my bike lock. It was good that Tim had his. He chained our bikes together, but he didn't say anything. I could tell that he thought I was a "dumb little kid."
Every day when school starts, the teacher asks us to turn in our homework. I looked in my backpack for the papers I had done the night before. They weren't there! Oh, no! I had left them on the desk in my bedroom. I knew it wouldn't do any good to tell the teacher that I had done my homework, but I had forgotten it at home. She always said it was everyone's job to do the homework and to get it back to school on time.
At lunch time, I looked for my lunch money. Mom always puts it on the shelf next to my backpack. I thought I had put it into my pocket when I left for school. I had been in such a hurry with Tim telling me that we would be late that I had left the money on the shelf.
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