Obey Thy Mother
By J. Law (9 years old)
Last Saturday afternoon, Tom’s mother wanted to make sandwiches for lunch. She realised that she didn’t have any cheese left, so she asked Tom to take his bike to the grocery shop nearby their house to buy some.
Tom was pleased to run the errand for his mother as he liked to go cycling. Before he left, his mother reminded him to be careful on the road but alas, he did not heed her instruction well. He did not even put on his helmet before he set out. With no thought of danger, he gleefully whizzed down the deserted lane.
Suddenly, a car came round the bend. It was impossible for both the driver and Tom to avoid a collision in time. As the car screeched to an ear-piercing halt, Tom crashed head-on into the stationary vehicle. He tumbled off his bicycle and landed on the ground with a sickening loud thud.
He broke his right leg and his elbows were badly grazed. Frightened by the sight of his bleeding wounds, he began to cry. The motorist got out of his car and immediately called for the ambulance on his mobile phone. An ambulance soon arrived and whisked Tom off to the hospital.
After a week’s stay in the hospital, Tom returned home in a wheelchair. He bitterly regretted being reckless on the road but he was thankful to be alive. Other cyclists had been known to have paid the penalty of death. After his close brush with death, he vowed to be more mindful of his mother’s counsel in the future.