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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Dolls

Member Story
"You are so lucky! You have so much more barbies than me. I only have 4: one mom, one dad, one sister, and one boy," said Meryem, admiring Laila's barbies.

"Well, I don't have that much - only a collection of I think...55," said Laila.

"Umm. Well I think it's time for me to go home. It's 7:00. I should be home by now," said Meryem, heading for the door.

"Ok, assalamualaikum," said Laila.

Ding Dong, Ding Dong.

"Who is it?" said Meryem's mom who she calls mama.

"Its me, Meryem."

Mama opened the door and said,"Assalamu alikum. It's time for bed. Go upstairs and I will tuck you in."

When Mama went to tuck Meryem in, Meryem said, "Mama, Laila has so many dolls. I only have 4."

"Well, you have more stuff than she does. For example, Laila doesn't have a mom.  You do," Mama said.

It started to rain, and Mama said, "You should also think of what you do have. You have a house, food, clothes and lots of other things. So you see, don't think of what you don't have.  Think of what you do."

"Ok, now I understand, Laila doesn't have all the stuff I have, so I shouldn't envy her," said Meryem.

From then on, Meryem never envied.