Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Pretty Purple Purse

Yaleena Skouras was a girly girl. She loved fancy frilly things. Her favorite color was pink. When she saw the flowery purple purse in the window of the department store she couldn't resist it. "Ooh, Mommy." she begged tugging on her mother's arm. "Can I have that?"

"Not today, sweetie." replied Mommy gently removing Yaleena's hand from her arm.

"Can we at at at least go inside and look it at?" asked Yaleena hopefully. She had a little money saved up maybe she could buy it for herself. Mommy nodded, and Yaleena happily rushed into the store.  She ran over and found the section where they had purses like the one she had seen. There were only a handful of them. She picked up one and looked at the price. It was $9.99. Yaleena wasn't sure how much she had. She would have to go home and count her money.

As soon as they got home from shopping, Yaleena hurried up to her room. She found her white ceramic piggy bank, opened it up, and turned it upside down over her bed. An avalanche of coins and dollars spilled out onto her blanket. Yaleena quickly counted it. She had exactly $3.37. Yaleena frowned and counted it again. It still came out to $3.37. Yaleena frowned and then suddenly, she was filled with determination. She was going to find a way to get rest of the money and buy that purse.

She went to find her mother. "Mommy?" she asked "Do you have some extra chores I can do so I can earn some extra money?"

Her mother shook her head but when she saw the disappointed look on Yaleena's face, she thought about it for a moment. "You can bring the down the laundry to the laundry room and sort it for me." she replied.

"Okay." agreed Yaleena excitedly. She hurried off to gather and sort the laundry.

Mommy couldn't help laughing. She had never seen Yaleena so excited to do chores.

Yaleena quickly finished and Mommy paid her 50 cents. Yaleena put it in her piggy bank. She counted her money again and frowned. There was so much more to go.

The rest of the day, Mommy found a few more odd jobs around the house for Yaleena, and she made  $1.50 more. She was over halfway to her goal, but she felt like she still had so much more to go.
"Do you have anything else for me to do, Mommy?" inquired Yaleena eagerly, but Mommy shook her head no.

When Daddy came home, Yaleena asked him. "Do you have any chores for me to do?" He shook his head. Yaleena frowned disappointedly.

"Yaleena's saving her money to buy herself a pretty purse." explained Mommy.

"Oh." replied Daddy thoughtfully. He did not understand about purses and pretty things. However, he did understand about saving and hard work. He appreciated that Yaleena was making an effort to earn her own money for something she wanted. "You can help me clean out the garage on Saturday." he replied. "I'll pay you five dollars."

"Thank you, Daddy." gushed Yaleena excitedly. "But can't we do it today?"

Mommy and Daddy laughed at Yaleena's eagerness. "Tonight is a school night. It will take a long time to clean out the garage. It's really messy. We don't have enough time today." explained Daddy.

Yaleena frowned, but then she smiled because she knew she would soon have that pretty purse.

The next day after school Aunt Mila came over. Yaleena and Mommy and Aunt Mila went to the mall. As usual, Aunt Mila secretly snuck Yaleena a couple of dollars. "Here," she whispered in Yaleena's ear as she handed her the money. "Buy something fun for yourself."

Yaleena smiled brightly. Now, after she had helped Daddy clean out the garage she would not only have enough to pay for the purse, but she would have enough to cover the tax too. "Thank you, Aunt Mila." she whispered back gratefully.

In the mall, Yaleena asked Mommy if they could stop so she could show Aunt Mila the purse she was going to buy, When they got to the store, the purse wasn't in the window anymore. Yaleena frowned worriedly. She hurried in to the store. She quickly went over to the rack where the purses had been. It was still there, but there were only two left. She couldn't wait for Saturday to come so she could earn the rest of the money and come buy the pretty purse before they were all gone.

The rest of the week went by slowly but finally it was Saturday. Yaleena spend the day helping Daddy with the garage. After they finished and she took a shower, she put all her money together and counted it. Then, she counted it again just to be sure. She smiled happily. She had just enough to get the purse.

Just as she finished counting her money, her mother and father came into the room. Mommy sat down on the bed beside Yaleena. Daddy stood in the doorway. "We have good news and bad news for you." they told her.

"Oh?" replied Yaleena worriedly. She bit her lip nervously.

"First the bad news." replied Mommy very seriously. "I went to the mall today and they are all sold out of of those pretty purple purses you wanted."

Yaleena's mouth flew open but no sound came out. She blinked really hard to keep from crying. No! No! Not now! They couldn't all be gone  after she'd  worked so hard to  earn the money to buy one for herself!

"Now here's the good news." replied Daddy. He took out his hands from behind his back where he'd been holding them. In his arms was the pretty purple purse that Yaleena wanted. He put it down on the bed in front of Yaleena.

Yaleena's eyes lit up with excitement. "But, I thought you said they were all sold out?" she asked in confusion.

"We bought the last one for you because we are so proud of how hard you worked, and we didn't want them to run out before you had a chance to buy it." explained Daddy as Mommy nodded in agreement.

"Oh, thank you, Mommy. Oh thank you, Daddy." gushed Yaleena. She hugged them both tightly. "Do you want me to pay you back?" she asked starting to gather up the money she'd saved to give it them.

"Not this time." they told her. "Consider it a gift because we are so proud of you."

Yaleena thanked them again and put away her money. Then, she picked up the purse from her bed. She looked at and admired it. It really was beautiful, all purple and frilly just the way she liked things. She was going to need a whole new outfit to go with her pretty new purse.  "I'm going to need some shoes to go with this purse," she declared, "and a hat and a pretty dress."

Mommy and Daddy laughed. "You better keep working hard and keep saving." they said."You're going to need a lot of money for all that."

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