“Everybody Do Your Share”
Suloliko and Reë help their mothers after school, and see their friends doing the same.
Themes Found in This Story:
- Children working with their families
Possible Bible Memory Verses:
- “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,” Ephesians 6:7 (NIV)
- Make your own soap craft
- Group service project activity
The bell rang for the end of school, and Suloliko ran out into the yard with her friends. She told everyone a rushed good-bye, and then hurried on the road to the market.
“Suloliko, wait!” called a voice be- hind her. She turned around and saw Reë running up the path. Reë came to a halt in a cloud of dust. “Are you going to the market? I’ll walk with you.”
“Yes, that’s where I’m going. I’m help- ing my mother at our fruit stall. What are you doing?” Suloliko asked.
“Well, I’m meant to be helping my mum with the laundry, but we’ve run out of soap. She told me to get some more before I come home from school,” answered Reë.
The two friends chatted happily as they continued on towards the market, but they walked quickly. There was work to be done and it wouldn’t do to dawdle.
On the way they met Jejy coming from the well, carrying baby Toulouse and a bucket of water. “Hello!” she squeaked. “We’ll be joining you at the market soon, Suloliko! Francois and Philibert are harvesting the last of the peanuts today, and after Maro boils them all, they’ll be ready to sell.”
“Ooh, I love Maro’s boiled peanuts!” said Reë, waving good-bye to Jejy as she left.
A little while later, Suloliko and Reë passed by a large cornfield. Reë waved to her father and Tshameka, who were stripping corn from the stalks. Kili was nearer to the road, where he and his father were loading ears of corn into a wooden cart.
“It seems like everyone is working hard today,” commented Reë.
“Well, there is a lot of work to be done,” said Suloliko. “I expect Tshameka and Kili will be back at school soon, since the harvest season is nearly over. Do you think they’ve missed be- ing in class?”
“If Tshameka has missed it, he hasn’t said,” Reë told her. “Whatever he’s working on, he’ll do it one hundred percent. ‘Like working for the Lord,’ he likes to say.”
“That’s a good attitude to have,” Suloliko said. “We’ve all got our responsibilities. It’s good to get them done happily.”
They reached the market and Reë ran off to find her soap, promising to stop by Suloliko’s hut that evening if she got her chores done before dark. Suloliko waved and trotted over to her mother’s stall, greeting her mother and the customers with a friendly smile before getting to work.