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Have you ever had to make a difficult choice?
Why can choices sometimes be difficult? Example answer: There are often good and bad things about each option in the choice. What is best is not always clear.
Meet Kanadu a happy, caring creature. Kanadu lived deep in the forest, she loved her tree top house and would often spend the evenings perched on the edge of the platform admiring the wonderful view over the misty forest canopy. It was evening and the sun was just starting to set. Normally at about this time on a Sunday, Kanadu would stop and think about all of the fun that she had over the weekend and wish that it could continue for just a little longer. However today Kanadu had other things on her mind.
She was extremely excited for the next day at school as it was to be an extra special day. In the morning everyone in her class would be given the opportunity to choose an egg and whatever hatched from that egg would become their pet. Kanadu had always wanted a pet, she couldn’t quite believe that soon she would have her own little creature to love and care for.
Amongst all of the excitement there was something playing on Kanadu’s mind. Thinking about it had made her head hurt all weekend long. Where did these eggs come from? Was it fair to collect eggs and keep the creatures as pets and what on earth would hatch from her egg? What if her and the creature did not get on? To make things worse she was the only one in the entire school having these doubts. Her friends were so very excited, they had spent the entire week chatting about what colour egg they should choose and dreaming about the wonderful creatures that might hatch. Poor Kanadu felt a little lost, she did not want to spoil the fun for everyone and she did really want a pet of her very own. The dilemma bounced around and around her head and it was beginning to make her feel quite sick.
Morning arrived and the classroom fizzed with excitement. At the front of the class was a large heavy golden box. Everyone was fixated on the contents of that box. Kanadu and her friends sat as close to the front as they could. “It will be brilliant,” declared Azim, “imagine all of us with matching pets, they will look so cool!” Kanadu smiled, she didn’t want the others to know that she was unsure about the pets. There was a loud knock on the classroom door and the room fell silent. Slowly the door opened and the egg keeper entered the room. He was a strange, tall character with serious looking eyes, tentacle like arms dangled limply from his skinny shoulders. “They’re to help him with tending to the eggs,” whispered Snook as she nodded towards the egg keeper’s waving arms. “Their creepy!” remarked Kanadu in a mischievous voice.
“Now class,” announced the egg keeper loudly “do you know what are inside these eggs?”
“Pets,” yelled Azim excitedly.
“Not just any pets,” replied the egg keeper. “These eggs have been collected from the fire valley. There are all manner of magnificent creatures that live there and they make perfect pets.”
“But how do we know which egg to choose?” asked Kanadu.
“That you must decide,” replied the egg keeper in a serious tone. He carefully unclipped the rusty box latch and pushed the lid open. Everyone gasped, the box bulged with beautiful tiny eggs their shells were pure and perfect.
What would you do?
Kanadu had never felt so excited, she quietly scanned the box for an egg that took her eye, but there in her stomach was that sick feeling. Was this right? “I’m going to pick a blue one,” announced Azim happily as she pointed towards a baby blue egg in the centre of the chest. Kanadu began to imagine how left out she would feel if she did not have an egg, maybe joining in was the right thing to do? The classroom erupted in a hum of excitement. The egg collector’s voice cut through the noise “You have 5 minutes to select your egg and then the box will be closed. Any remaining eggs will be returned to the fire valley,” he added. Kanadu’s heart began to beat faster and faster her brow was becoming clammy, she had a strange sinking feeling and she did not know what to do. It was then from just outside the window that the shrieking began. A high pitched desperate shrieking. The other children were too excited to care but Kanadu could not ignore it. “Hey look,” said Kanadu, as she stared through the window. Through the glass she could see a cloud dragon.
It looked like it had fallen from its cloud nest and it was balanced precariously at the top of a tree. The sky blue beast began to wobble as the wind shook the branches beneath it. Kanadu glanced at the beautiful eggs in the chest next to her and then up at the clock. There were three minutes left and then the chest would be closed.
What would you do?
She dashed towards the classroom door and raced out to the tree. The strange dragon did not stop shrieking. “It’s ok” comforted Kanadu softly, she stared up at the strange looking cloud dragon. Carefully Kanadu began to climb the tree, for someone who lived in a tree top house it was not a hard climb. “Shhhh,” she whispered as she approached the beast, she reached to cradle the cloud dragon in her arms. The dragon stared up at her with wide purple eyes. Slowly Kanadu retraced her steps back down the tree. She did not stop to try to find the cloud dragons nest, she knew that their nests were so high in the sky that she would never be able to see it from down on the ground.
What could Kandu have done to help her to make a decision? Example answer: talked to a friend about it, made a list of “pros” and “cons.”
As she carefully walked across the playground she could see her friends clutching their new shiny eggs, they squealed with excitement. Kanadu smiled to herself, in the end the choice was easy. She didn’t think it was right to take the eggs, especially as she had no idea what they actually contained. Instead Kanadu had saved the cloud dragon and it felt brilliant.
Do we always make good choices? No need answer aloud, think of some good and bad choices that you have made.
Cloud dragons do not make good pets, they grow large and to keep them happy they must feel free and fly long distances each day. However, cloud dragons do make excellent neighbours and so next to Kanadu’s tree top house now sits a cloud dragons roost. It turns out that a cloud dragon makes a very loyal friend too. Every day Kanadu takes a ride on the back of her cloud dragon neighbour and while she glides through the skies admiring the beautiful world below she never once regrets her choice.
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