A story about overcoming insecurities in order to give back to a friend
Dida Mouse was afraid she didn’t measure up.
Would inviting over her friend prove she was right?
Dida Mouse chattered excitedly to her mother about her new friend.
“Sonya Mouse is kind and easy to be with. We have many things in common. We love having new adventures.”
Still, Dida felt that she wasn’t as smart, kind, or pleasant as Sonya.
Although Sonya often invited Dida over, Dida never reciprocated. She was afraid that Sonya would think less of her if she came over. Besides her personal “shortcomings,” Dida also compared her home to Sonya’s and came up short every time.
Dida had a mouthful of fears: “Why can’t I be as inviting and confident as Sonya?” she said to herself. “I can’t bring myself to do it. My carpet has that ugly worn spot. My house isn’t clean enough. Sonya’s a better cook than I am. I don’t know what to do!”
After having tea and dinner at Sonya’s once again, Dida decided, “I must do my part in this friendship. If Sonya doesn’t like me afterward, I’ll just have to deal with it!”
Dida planned a menu and bought a tablecloth. She invited Sonya to her place for dinner. Although Dida feared that she didn’t measure up, she bravely pushed forward with her plan. She cleaned and even invited Mother for a dinner rehearsal!
Mother said, “Everything is lovely! Don’t worry – you’ll do fine.”
As nervous as Dida felt, she was determined to entertain Sonya. After all, Sonya had invited her many times. Sonya was thrilled with Dida’s invitation and accepted happily.
When Sonya arrived, her smile brightened the room. Dida offered, “Welcome! I’m glad you’re here!” Then, they enjoyed a lovely dinner and fun times together once again – and just as good as ever!
Did the story speak to you directly? If yes, can you share any moment you’ve felt like Dida with a friend?