In a small town, there
lived a few rich families. They had their own business and property and
earned enough to lead a comfortable life. They had everything they needed.
One day, a visitor came from another town. He went to a few houses and saw
how people were wasting water.
Mr. Jackson’s garden tap was always open. No one bothered to turn it off.
In the Henderson household, all the taps were leaking. Mrs. King left her
tap running while she brushed and bathed. Mr. and Mrs. Nichols never
bothered to see how their kids were wasting water.
The visitor who was a
good citizen did not like what he saw. He explained to the people
about the importance of water. “Do you know water is the most
important thing in our lives? Is it fair to waste this precious gift
of God?” he asked?
“Water is always
available, so how can it be precious?” asked Mr. Jackson. “I love
playing with water,” chirped the youngest member of the Henderson
household. “I have to keep my tap running when I bathe and brush. How
is that wasteful,” asked Mrs. King. Mr. and Mrs. Nichols had nothing
to say. They thought that the visitor was mad to bother about
something like water.
The visitor explained, “Well, water is very important. We need it when
we get thirsty. We need it to wash our clothes, utensils etc. Without
water we cannot cook food. So water is more important than food.
“I understand now. I need
water for my plants and flowers too. If they do not get water, they will
dry up and die. I will turn off my garden tap after use, so no water gets
wasted,” spoke Mr. Jackson.
“I will get my leaking
taps repaired,” added the Henderson couple. “I will only turn the bathroom
tap on when I really need it and not before,” said Mrs. King.
Only Mr. and Mrs. Nichols were not bothered about wasting water. Wherever
they went, people whispered behind their backs. “There goes the odd
couple. They have no sense of responsibility.” Their kids too were laughed
at in school for being fools.
The entire neighbourhood took it upon themselves to convince the Nichols
family to become responsible human beings and not waste water.
Slowly, the Nichols
realized their mistake and started using water carefully. They took care
not to waste water anymore & were thankful to the visitor for opening
their eyes and helping them to correct their mistake.
Story Teller Amita
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