The Happy Girl by Cecelia Low Chai Chin
We received the lovely story below from Cecelia Low Chai Chin and decided to share it here.
Cecelia is thirteen this year and she lives in Malaysia, Penang. She is currently studying at SMJK Sacred Heart and her hobbies are reading, singing, dancing, and drawing. She aspires to be an author.
The Happy Girl
A long time ago, there lived a very happy girl. No matter how much you tried to make her mad or sad, she would still happily smile at you!
One day, she came across a troupe of ballet dancers who looked very sad and melancholy. She hopped over to them and exclaimed “Why are all of you so sad?”. They replied that they had just finished their performance at a theatre and the audience had not only refused to clap for them and they were also booed at.
The girl, Lydia, comforted them and told them to do their best at their next destination and also be confident. Their leader, Irina thanked her profusely and invited her to their next show. Lydia happily accepted the invitation. On that day, Lydia donned herself in a sky-blue silk gown and green high heels. After that, she drove to her destination without further delay after having a satisfying breakfast. When she got there, she went into the theatre to find her seat.
After a brief wait of ten minutes, the ballerinas came on stage smiling at Lydia. She wowed and gasped as the ballerinas pirouetted, twirled and leaped gracefully with grace and poise.
At the end of the show, the audience gave them a standing ovation as they smiled showing their gleaming white teeth as they did so and curtsied one last time as they ran-tiptoed backstage.
After the show, Lydia went backstage to see the exhausted dancers. Irina thanked her multiple times and signed an autograph for her while the other dancers gave Lydia grateful smiles.
Lydia returned home in high spirits, pleased that she could help someone. Then, she showered and fell into a deep sleep.
(c) Cecelia Low Chai Chin
Emma Tobin is 19 and from Newbridge, Co Kildare, Ireland where she lives with her parents, one brother, four cats, and some fish. Emma is in her first year at UCD where she is studying English, Philosophy and History. Emma writes prose, poetry and fiction. Emma has completed two novels and is working on her third which is a YA contemporary novel with the title 'Paperweight Soldiers'. Emma blogs at abcofbeingateenager.blogspot.ie and is a regular contributor to the arts show Artyfacts on KFM Radio in Kildare. Emma has had a number of columns published in The Irish Times. In May 2013 her article 'Blinking Out' was included in a new HeadSpace magazine for young people focusing on positive mental health. Emma's poetry has won a number of national awards including the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland annual poetry competition in the senior post primary category in both 2014 and 2015. Emma was the recipient of the Conor Bowman Youth Award at the Hopkins Poetry Summer School in 2014. Emma was the joint poetry winner for June 2015 of the Hennessy New Irish Writing and had two of her poems published as part of that in The Irish Times. As a result she is not on the shortlist for the Hennessy Writer of the Year award in the emerging poetry category. You can find her on Facebook as Emma Tobin Writer and on Twitter as @EK_Tobin.