Grades 1 – 3 Printing Practice
Apples of Gold
Elaine Ernst Schneider
Have you ever heard the story about the goose that laid the golden egg? Everyone wanted that goose for his own! The people believed that if she had laid one golden egg, then she might lay another!
If there were such things as golden apples, everyone would want one. Or better yet, people would want the tree that produced the golden apples! Did you know that words can be like apples of gold? There are special words that say the right thing at the right time. These are apples of gold.
People desire kind words, just like they might want golden eggs or apples. It is important to know when to say words of kindness to make someone feel better.
In the story about the goose that laid the golden egg, everyone wanted that goose! They wanted to take the goose home with them, or at least stand close by, just in case she laid another golden egg. In much the same way, the right words make people want to be close to the one speaking them. When you say kind words to someone, it makes you a better friend – and you are an apple of gold.