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The goldfish bowl – cute!

Have you ever been saved from embarrassment by a kindly soul who absorbs the ridicule? These are the kind of people who are friends for life. Check this story out.

There is a nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk and all of a sudden, there is a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants are wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot possibly imagine how this has happened.

It’s never happened before, and he knows that when the boys find out he will never hear the end of it. When the girls find out, they’ll never speak to him again as long as he lives.

The boy believes his heart is going to stop, he puts his head down and prays — “Dear God, this is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes from now I’m dead meat.”

He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered.

As the teacher is walking toward him, a classmate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Susie trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boy’s lap.

The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is saying to himself, “Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!”

Now all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry out. All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful. But as life would have it, the ridicule that should have been his has been transferred to someone else – Susie.

She tries to help, but they tell her to get out. “You’ve done enough, you klutz!” Finally, at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers, “You did that on purpose, didn’t you?”

Susie whispers back, “I wet my pants once too.”

May God help us see the opportunities that are always around us to do good.

Author Unknown

{ 18 comments… add one }
  • john June 16, 2020, 12:51 pm

    I had a very similar experience but unfortunately there was no Susie available. And to make it worse it was in 5th grade. It was almost as bad as the boy in the story imagined. Still brings back painful memories. But I liked the way this story turned it

  • Sunil Kumar Dugulam August 11, 2014, 12:50 am

    There are lot of susies out there, we just need to recognize, thats it…

  • Muhammad imran July 21, 2014, 7:25 am

    Susie, I invite you to pakistan.

  • Muhammad imran July 21, 2014, 7:18 am

    In our materialistic life such characters appear like flash. Would that they were around us throughout our life !

  • Deepak June 29, 2014, 12:30 am

    This was indeed a nice story and I wish every friend should be like Susie ….

  • Mounir May 29, 2014, 1:59 am

    @Goutham, we don’t find good characters only in these stories, but rather we find these stories as a result of good characters. Rather than waiting for a good character to come into our lives, why don’t we be those good characters?


  • Infinite November 15, 2013, 7:06 pm

    Lovely stories….. permit me to publish some.

  • Beverly September 23, 2013, 2:54 am

    That’s what friends are for!!!

  • Santosh August 15, 2013, 3:47 am

    Oh! Susie sooo sweeet…

  • Kimchan Haokip June 24, 2013, 6:28 am

    Love it…….I’ve chosen for my son’s annual story narration competition in their school.

  • Goutham May 22, 2013, 4:54 pm

    Why does all these good characters come only in stories…

  • Rai Debit December 9, 2012, 2:37 am

    This is quite a nice one !

  • Christina s Thomas October 27, 2012, 10:38 am

    Experience is a good teacher….

  • Simon z.b August 14, 2012, 8:55 am

    That’s good friend indeed.

  • Khalid Shaikh July 20, 2012, 4:49 am

    Nice one

  • Najeeb khan July 10, 2012, 9:46 pm

    Hmmm no words!

  • Merdize June 22, 2012, 2:33 am

    I want a susie in my life too! ^_^

  • Hareem June 21, 2012, 1:00 am

    Awwwwhh… this is soo sweet 🙂 Susie was an angel sent by God.

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