Emma Lee and her Sixpence
Emma's aunt had given her a sixpence, and now the question was, what should she buy with it? "I'll you what I will do, mother," she said, changing her mind for the tenth time. "Well, dear, what have you determined upon now?" "I'll save my sixpence until I get a good many more, and then I'll buy me a handsome wax doll. Wouldn't you do that, mother, if you were me?" "If I were you, I suppose I would do just as you will," replied Emma's mother, smiling. "But, mother, don't you think that would be a nice way to do? I get a good many pennies and sixpences, you know, and could soon save enough to buy me a beautiful wax doll." "I think it would be better," said Mrs Lee, "for you to save up your money and buy something worth having." "Isn't a large wax doll worth having?" "Oh, yes! for a little girl like you." "Then I'll save up my money, until I get enough to buy me a doll as big as Sarah Johnson's." In about an hour afterward, Emma came to her mother, and said-- "I've just thought what I will do with my sixpence. I saw such a beautiful book at a store, yesterday! It was full of pictures, and the price was just sixpence. I'll buy that book." "But didn't you say, a little while ago, that you were going to save your money until you had enough to buy a doll?" "I know I did, mother; but I didn't think about the book then. And it will take so long before I can save up money enough to get a new doll. I think I will buy the book." "Very well, dear," replied Mrs Lee. Not long after, Emma changed her mind again. On the next day, her mother said to her-- "Your Aunt Mary is quite sick, and I am going to see her. Do you wish to go with me?" "Yes, mother, I should like to go. I am so sorry that Aunt Mary is sick. What ails her?" "She is never very well, and the least cold makes her sick. The last time she was here she took cold." As they were about leaving the house, Emma said-- "I'll take my sixpence along, and spend it, mother."