God made little girls

and God made little boys.

He gives them to us one by one

to fill our world with joy.



Once upon a time there was a little boy named


He could run fast.  He could jump high.

He could write his name and say his

ABC’s and 123’s.


But sometimes Joey was sad.  Sometimes he felt

all wiggley inside.  Sometimes he just couldn’t

sit still.

His teacher would say, “Joey, sit still!”

“Joey, don’t run!”


And Joey would try very hard to be still.  But

Joey still felt excited and jumpy inside.

“I am different!” thought Joey.  “I don’t like me!”


Then, the doctor gave Joey’s Mommy some medicine

to give to Joey.  Every day Joey took a pill in the

morning and one at noon and one at night


The medicine helped Joey feel better inside.  He didn’t

feel so wiggley and jumpy.  Joey did all he could

to help the pills do their work.


Sometimes they didn’t work so well, but Joey

tried very hard to be still and only jump and run when

it was time to jump and run.  He tried hard not

to push anyone and to sit quietly at story time.


The teacher said, “Joey, you have been a very

good boy today.  I liked you before and I like you

now.  And I am very proud of you!”


Joey thought, “God made me and God made my

friends.  And God loves us every one just the


I am not like Sally.  Sally is not like me.  I am

not like Lucas and Lucas is not like me.

We are ALL different and that’s OK!”






About dswan2

Poet, author, columnist, lyricist, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, wife of 50 years. Born and raised in America's Heartland
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2 Responses to ONCE UPON A TIME; JOEY

  1. Joe Zakarian says:

    Cute little guy, that Joey! I’m a Joey in name mostly, and at 83 I get wiggley inside at times. I take five pills a day to keep me perking along. Luckey Joes!

  2. dswan2 says:

    Thank you, Joe!
    I wrote this along with four or five others when I was working at the Day School. We saw all kinds there!

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