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2. The Locket, the Left Hand, and the Leftovers

 

A few weeks before the twins started first grade, the Lewis family moved to a new town. Mrs. Lewis took Larry and Lisa to meet their new teacher and to get acquainted with their new school. Larry was very excited about everything he saw. Lisa seemed unexpectedly quiet.

 

After they returned home, Lisa’s mom asked her how she was feeling. Lisa said she was okay, but both Mrs. Lewis and Larry suspected there was something bothering Lisa.

 

At the dinner table, Lisa’s dad asked the kids what they thought of their new school and teacher. Larry started talking a-mile-a-minute and could hardly stay in his seat.

 

Mr. Lewis asked a hard question, “Lisa, are you concerned that the kids in your new school will not like you?”

 

Lisa kinda nodded, barely looking at her dad. This was very unlike Lisa, so her parents were very concerned.

 

Over the few days remaining before school started, Lisa’s family tried to draw her out. Lisa did not want to admit to herself or anyone else that she was believing the lie that she was not a likable person.

 

On the first day of school, Lisa decided to wear her new locket thinking that it might start some interesting conversations with the students.

 

When they arrived at school, the teacher greeted the twins by name and encouraged the other students to welcome them. Larry and Lisa were the only new students because everyone else had attended Kindergarten class together the previous school year. When Lisa realized that all the other students knew each other, she became even more concerned with being accepted.

 

During the first break of the morning, a few of the girls approached Lisa and teased her about wearing a locket. They asked her if she was a princess. Lisa pretended that it didn’t bother her, but her brother Larry immediately recognized that Lisa was very embarrassed. Larry considered talking to Lisa about it, but he thought if someone overheard their conversation, it would embarrass Lisa even more.

 

Before lunch, the teacher announced that they were going to start an art project. Some students were hesitant, thinking that their lack of talent would be obvious. Larry and Lisa were excited to begin the art project. Lisa noticed that one of the girls needed some encouragement, so she sat next to her.

 

Quickly, it became obvious to her whole class that Lisa was a very talented artist. A few of the students went over to Lisa to admire her drawing. This was very encouraging to Lisa.

 

Just before the class broke for lunch, one of the girls that teased Lisa about her locket stopped by Lisa’s desk.

 

The girl said, “Just as I thought. You are a princess! You wear a locket. You are left handed, and your drawing is so good it puts the rest of us to shame!”

 

Lisa quickly changed from being excited about being accepted to majorly embarrassed.

 

Lisa wanted to go home right away, but she knew the day was just half over. Now it was lunch time. She wondered if anyone would want to sit with her.

 

Lisa loved to help her mom cook. Often they had left-overs from dinner. Lisa never wanted anything to go to waste that she helped cook, so Lisa had the left-overs from the previous night for her lunch. One of the cafeteria helpers assisted Lisa as she warmed her lunch in the micro-wave.

 

A few of the girls from Lisa’s class asked her to sit with them. Lisa was very happy to be invited. Lisa’s friends were jealous that Lisa had what looked and smelled like food from an expensive restaurant. Lisa said that she enjoyed helping her mom cook and that she might want to be a chef when she grew up. One of her new friends mentioned that she loved to help cook as well.

 

One of the girls at Lisa’s table asked her about her locket. Lisa started to tell the story about loosing her locket, but she still did not know how it reappeared on her neck the morning after she lost it. Lisa told her friends that her brother asked God to help them find the locket. Lisa then testified that she thanked God for returning the locket to her.

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