There was little girl,
Rehana who lived with her family in a village. They were poor. They used to
work in the fields and catch fish from the pond in the village. Every day they ate
fish and rice only. They did not have enough money to buy sweets or any other
costly eatables. Only on festive occasion they managed to buy little of sweets
and other things. Rehana hardly had any toys. She had only a doll which her
mother made from old clothes.
Rehana’s friend name was
Fatima who lived in her neighbor. Both were of same age. Both played together and
sometime made stories of adventure, in which they reach a place of jewels to
bring home to make their parents rich. They thought that if they were rich, they
would be able to buy different tasty food and nice clothes.
One year drought affected
the area. Everyone had their stock of rice in sacks, kept safely away from rats
and dried salted fish was hung high near the ceiling. Her mother was worried
that there would not be enough food to last this drought. Soon fish was used up
and most of the meals were made from rice alone. Rehana complained to her
mother that she did not like to eat rice without fish.
Rehana’s mother came and
sat beside her and said, “We must be grateful that we have rice to eat. Some
people have no fish and no rice at all. How do you think they feel? They must
be very hungry. We must be happy and grateful to God because we are not
Rehana replied, “But I am
tired of rice”.
Rehana’s mother said “We
must learn not to complain about things that cannot be changed. We will just
feel bad and make others unhappy too. We must learn to smile about your plain
Rehana was little upset
and went to Fatima’s house to play. There she heard Fatima’s family
conversation that they end up with rice and fish. Then she realized that she
should be happy that they have at least rice to eat. Rehana shared what she saw
at hers friend house with her mother. Rehana mother invited their neighbor to
share their rice until drought is over. Rehana never complained again.
Moral: We should not complain or grumble about the
things we do not have, instead we should be grateful to God for everything we