Mama Frog and Daddy Frog were in the living room, talking. Freyda burst into the room yelling, followed by Splook.
“Mama! Mama! Guess what?!”
“We got you a Mother’s day present, Mama!” Splook held out his jar of Cinnamon flies. “Look!” he said.
“Splook! Freyda! Where have you been?” Mama Frog asked. Splook took a deep breath, and began the tale…
“We were on an adventure, Mama. It was fun, but then it got scary…” He was interrupted a couple of times by both Freyda, and his parents, but at last, he finished. “And the alligator liked the sandwich Freyda gave him so much, he let us go, so we could get the recipe for him!”
At some time while Splook was talking, Daddy Frog had gotten up from next to Mama. Now, he was standing in the middle of the room. In his hands was a Bible.
“You know, Splook- your adventures remind me of a Bible verse.” He opened the big, black book, and turned the pages until he found what he wanted. “Aha! Here it is!” he said, laying his finger on top of a verse. It was highlighted. He read it out loud:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink. For in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on his head. Do not repay evil with evil, but repay evil with good2.”
Daddy Frog flipped a couple of pages, and then, began reading again....
“But I- that’s God- say to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those that curse you, pray for those who insult you.3”
“But Daddy- What does heaping coals of fire on your enemy’s head mean?” Freyda asked.
“Well Freyda, I think it’s talking about guilt. For example: Margalo captured you. But instead of being mean to him, and getting angry, you gave him your sandwich. That’s part of the verses- you fed your enemy. And then, Margalo let you go. Why did he do that? Do you know?” Daddy Frog asked.
“Umm… Do you think that it made Mr. Margalo feel bad, when Freyda gave her sandwich to him?” Splook said, thoughtfully.
“Yes, Splook. But do you know why it made him feel bad? Margalo Gator was going to do unkind things to you and Freyda. When Freyda did nice things for him, it made him feel guilty about what he wanted to do.”
“Ahhhem! I think it is time to say one more thing- and then, it’s off to bed!” said Mama Frog. She was smiling, though. “ I like my present very much. But it wasn’t a good idea for you to go off into the swamp alone. You could get lost, or hurt!”
“We’re sorry, Mama Frog,” Splook and Freyda said, together.
“Next time, we’ll ask Daddy Frog to help us,” said Splook. “And then, we will find you even more Cinnamon flies!”
The next Monday, Splook went to school. For show-and-tell, he brought the jar of flies, that Mama Frog had agreed to share. Cinnamon flies. Everybody got one. Especially the kids he didn’t like. And somehow, after that, even his enemies didn’t seem quite as much like enemies, anymore…