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The Empty Egg
born with a twisted body and a slow mind. At the age of 12 he
was still in second grade, seemingly unable to learn. His
teacher, Doris Miller, often became exasperated with him. He
would squirm in his seat, drool, and make grunting noises. At
other times, he spoke clearly and distinctly, as if a spot of
light had penetrated the darkness of his brain. Most of the
time, however, Jeremy just irritated his teacher.
day she called his parents and asked them to come in for a
consultation. As the Forresters entered the empty classroom,
Doris said to them, "Jeremy really belongs in a special
school. It isn't fair to him to be with younger children who
don't have learning problems. Why, there is a five year gap
between his age and that of the other students."
Forrester cried softly into a tissue, while her husband spoke.
"Miss Miller," he said, "there is no school of that kind
nearby. It would be a terrible shock for Jeremy if we had to
take him out of this school. We know he really likes it here."
Doris sat for a long time after they had left, staring at the
snow outside the window. Its coldness seemed to seep into her
soul. She wanted to sympathize with the Forresters. After all,
their only child had a terminal illness. But it wasn't fair to
keep him in her class. She had 18 other youngsters to teach,
and Jeremy was a distraction. Furthermore, he would never
learn to read and write. Why waste any more time trying?
As she pondered the situation, guilt washed over her.
Here I am complaining when my problems are nothing compared to
that poor family, she thought. Lord, please help me to be more
patient with Jeremy. From that day on, she tried hard to
ignore Jeremy's noises and his blank stares. Then one day, he
limped to her desk, dragging his bad leg behind him.
"I love you, Miss Miller," he exclaimed, loud enough
for the whole class to hear. The other students snickered, and
Doris' face burned red. She> stammered, "Wh-why that's very
nice, Jeremy. N-now please take your seat."
came, and the children talked excitedly about the coming of
Easter. Doris told them the story of Jesus, and then to
emphasize the idea of new life springing forth, she gave each
of the children a large plastic egg. "Now," she said to them,
"I want you to take this home and bring it back tomorrow with
something inside that shows new life. Do you understand?"
"Yes, Miss Miller," the children responded
enthusiastically-all except for Jeremy. He listened intently;
his eyes never left her face. He did not even make his usual
noises. Had he understood what she had said about Jesus' death
and resurrection? Did he understand the assignment? Perhaps
she should call his parents and explain the project to them.
That evening, Doris' kitchen sink stopped up. She
called the landlord and waited an hour for him to come by and
unclog it. After that, she still had to shop for groceries,
iron a blouse, and prepare a vocabulary test for the next day.
She completely forgot about phoning Jeremy's parents.
The next morning, 19 children came to school, laughing
and talking as they placed their eggs in the large wicker
basket on Miss Miller's desk. After they completed their math
lesson, it was time to open the eggs. In the first egg, Doris
found a flower. "Oh yes, a flower is certainly a sign of new
life," she said. "When plants peek through the ground, we know
that spring is here." A small girl in the first row waved her
arm. "That's my egg, Miss Miller," she called out. The next
egg contained a plastic butterfly, which looked very real.
Doris held it up. "We all know that a caterpillar changes and
grows into a beautiful butterfly. Yes, that's new life, too."
Little Judy smiled proudly and said, "Miss Miller, that one is
mine." Next, Doris found a rock with moss on it. She explained
that moss, too, showed life. Billy spoke up from the back of
the classroom, "My daddy helped me," he beamed.
Doris opened the fourth egg. She gasped. The egg was empty.
Surely it must be Jeremy's she thought, and of course, he did
not understand her instructions. If only she had not forgotten
to phone his parents. Because she did not want to embarrass
him, she quietly set the egg aside and reached for another.
Suddenly, Jeremy spoke up. "Miss Miller, aren't you going to
talk about my egg?" Flustered, Doris replied, "But Jeremy,
your egg is empty." He looked into her eyes and said softly,
"Yes, but Jesus' tomb was empty, too."
When she could speak again, Doris asked him, "Do you know why
the tomb was empty?" "Oh, yes," Jeremy said, "Jesus was killed
and put in there. Then His Father raised Him up."
recess bell rang. While the children excitedly ran out to the
schoolyard, Doris cried. The cold inside her melted completely
Three months later, Jeremy died. Those who paid
their respects at the mortuary were surprised to see 19 eggs
on top of his casket....... all of them
A Sunday school
teacher asked her second graders if anyone knew another
name for God. She was picturing answers like 'Lord' or
After a long moment of silence a
little boy raised his hand and said, "Howard."
"Howard?" replied the confused teacher.
"You know," continued the boy, "Howard be thy
Fruit and Nut Easter
These can be made long
before needed. Their flavor improves as they ripen.
You will need: ·
2-1/4 cups sugar ·
light corn syrup ·
3/4 cup hot water ·
marshmallow creme ·
1/2 cup shortening, melted
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar ·
2 cups candied
fruit (cherries and pineapple) ·
How to Make Your Fruit and Nut
In a saucepan, cook sugar,
syrup, and water to 265 degrees. Add marshmallow creme
and beat until almost firm. Add melted shortening,
confectioners' sugar, candied fruit, and nuts. Mix well,
shape eggs by hand and dip in
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