It was a strange day. The sun forgot to shine and the clouds hugged the hilltops. It was coloured grey. Lucy sat in the window looking out wishing she could be outside in the garden. As she watched, a breeze blew a balloon over the fence. It settled in the middle of the lawn and gently rocked back and forth in the wind. Lucy used to have a balloon but it popped. She had loved that balloon, it was bright pink with a fairy princess on it. She had been very sad when she popped it. She did manage to keep one piece of it the piece with the fairy princess, but it was very small. Looking out of the window Lucy longed to be in the garden playing with the balloon. It wasn’t her favourite colour but it was a balloon and that was important. Lucy asked her mummy if she could go outside in the garden and play. Mummy said, “No!”
Lucy started to cry, “But mummy . . . . . sob . . . . . .sob.”
“When I say no I mean no!” said an angry mummy.
Lucy sobbed harder watching the balloon swaying to and fro in the garden. Not wanting to miss out she climbed down off the chair by the window and crept out into the kitchen. She opened the door very quietly and stepped outside As the door closed the rain started gently falling
Lucy ran across the patio and on to the lawn towards the balloon. Suddenly next doors cat came on to the lawn and he was heading to the balloon. It was a race! Who would get there first. Lucy ran like she had never run before. The cat sensing that Lucy wanted the balloon ran faster too. At the last second as it looked like the cat would get there first Lucy dived on to the balloon to stop the cat popping it with it’s claws. Can you guess what happened?
Lucy landed on the balloon. POP! The cat landed on Lucy and frightened by the loud POP! Leapt up into the air again and came down running. In doing this the cat got caught up in Lucy’s hair and was tangled tight, he couldn’t escape.
Lucy screamed because the balloon popped and the tangled cat was tugging at her hair and it hurt.
Lucy’s mommy came out when she heard the noise. Seeing the cat on Lucy’s head she thought the cat was attacking Lucy. She tried to shoo the cat away but that only made the cat struggle harder and Lucy scream more.
Lucy’s mum calmed down and saw exactly what the trouble was. She soothed the cat which helped to stop Lucy screaming and she was able to untangle the cat from Lucy’s hair. Lucy stopped crying but there was blood in her hair where the cat had scratched head with his sharp claws.
Lucy’s mummy was very cross with Lucy. Why do you think that was? Taking Lucy in the house her mummy cuddled her and then cleaned the wounds with special wipes to stop the scratches getting infected. Mummy told Lucy that she should never be disobedient again. “Remember,” she said, “When I say no, I mean No! it for a very good reason.” Lucy listened to her mummy. She looked a sorry sight! Lucy said she would never disobey her mother again.