was an orphan who lived in a small shed all by herself. She had
decorated her small room and made it as comfortable as possible.
She called her shed "Sweetie Pie".
Sandra used to help
the neighbours with whatever help they wanted and got some money
in return. Sometimes people gave her old clothes, bed sheets, buckets
etc in return for her help whether inside the house or in the garden.
She was a strong girl of 10 and could work hard. Some people gave
her a free meal or boxes of chocolates and biscuits. Sandra loved
her neighbours and did not mind helping them do menial tasks too.
She was polite and courteous and always had a charming smile on
her cute face.
One day, as she was
helping Mrs. O' Neil in the garden, she was called by a stranger
to come and meet her when she was free. After some time, Sandra
met the new woman outside the gate of the O' Neil house. Wincy,
the new woman in the neighbourhood was waiting in her car which
was parked round the corner.
Wincy took Sandra
in her car and they both drove outside the town. There Sandra saw
a small blue colored cottage, which Wincy said belonged to her.
She took the little girl inside, gave her a hearty meal of roasted
chicken, mixed vegetables, dinner roles, rice pudding and strawberries.
this, Wincy gave Sandra a small umbrella and told her it was a magical
one. She was to keep it with her and if ever she was in any kind
of difficulty, she was to open the umbrella and call 'Wincy help
me'. "I will instantly solve your problem. You know, I am actually
a fairy Sandra and I reward good children with my magical umbrella
that has problem solving abilities. Remember, children who become
greedy and open the umbrella just to get chocolates and stuff all
the time, do not get any help from the umbrella." Sandra thanked
Wincy and promised not to ask favours from the umbrella unless she
really required something badly. Wincy told her she would give her
a small cycle to go places and a small cottage to live in.
The rest of
the amenities of life, Sandra would have to earn for herself. The
fairy asked Sandra to open the umbrella and say the words 'Wincy
help me'. Just then, a small bicycle appeared at the open door,
pink and blue in colors with golden and silvery satin ribbons tied
to its handles. Sandra was overjoyed with happiness and thankfulness.
"Go home Sandra and you will see your new cottage." "Thank
you so much dear Wincy," said the little girl hugging the kind
hearted fairy. Saying bye bye to the good fairy, little Sandra started
peddling her new bike. She went along singing happily.
When she reached her
shed, she saw that it had disappeared and in its place stood a strawberry
and cream colored tiny cottage with a red and white gate, a pathway
and a small garden full of flowers. Sandra parked her bike near
the open front door. Inside there was a small bedroom, a bath, a
living room and a small kitchen.
All her belongings
were kept in one corner of the living room with a note from Wincy
which said 'Dearest Sandra, do keep the best things from your old
pile and throw away what is not required. If you will be good for
a month, the umbrella will furnish your house. Sandra danced with
happiness going around the house. She then began the task of settling
her old things in her new cottage. She kept the rickety old bed
and cupboard for now deciding to change them later.
She kept only her
good clothes which were very few and threw away the rest. Among
other things she kept were a few utensils, her one pair of good
shoe, her small bag and a few trinkets which she had collected over
the years. The other useless knick knacks she threw out.
One week went by during
which Sandra helped quite a few of her neighbours doing odd jobs.
At the end of the week, she had collected enough money to buy some
clothes and a small table and chair. She opened the umbrella and
said 'Wincy help me'. Just then, Wincey appeared and wanted to know
what was it she needed.
"Could I have
a fridge, a linen cupboard and a new bed?" "Sure you can,
Sandra and since you have been a very good girl, I will also get
your house furnished." Within five minutes, a carpet appeared,
there were curtains at the windows and doors, and the linen cupboard
was stocked with sheets, towels etc. Before going, Wincy said "Now
all you need are parents. You will get them too soon!" She
then left Sandra kissing her goodbye.
The next month saw
Sandra going to get vegetables at the market for Mrs. Hannah, her
next door neighbour. There she met a sweet couple, Mary and Samuel
who had come to this town on that same day and were looking for
a place to stay. Sandra liked their kind, cheerful faces and invited
them to stay with her.
She gave them her
bedroom and made a corner of the living room her own. Mary cooked
and cleaned while Samuel helped Sandra with the work she did for
her neighbours. Sandra had become very fond of Mary and Samuel and
called them mum and dad. She remembered Wincy telling her she would
need parents and so she adopted them as her own.
She asked the help
of the umbrella to get new clothes for her parents and a cycle for
Samuel. The umbrella also helped them to celebrate Christmas in
a wonderful way.
It got for them a
lovely tree, Christmas gifts and lots of new clothes. Mary was able
to give a party and she invited all her neighbours and baked a delicious
Christmas cake. It was Sandra's first Christmas with her new parents
and she was immensely happy. She thanked God and silently wished
Merry Christmas to Wincy, her fairy Godmother.
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