Susan Will be Happier if I Go with Her
by the American Sunday-School Union
Mary Wilson is a little girl only nine years old.
She loves her mother very dearly, and she is always
happy to be with her.
Mrs. Wilson lives in the country, not far from a
pretty village, to which she occasionally goes to
make a few purchases or call on a friend. She
sometimes takes Mary with her, who always enjoys
such a walk. She trips along by her mother's side,
sometimes taking her hand, and sometimes stooping
down to gather a wild-flower which blossoms by the
roadside; and then perhaps she runs on and watches
the brook that trickles down the hill, on its way to
the river. Her smiling face and sparkling eyes
show she is happy.
One day when she was all ready, with her white
sack and blue sun-bonnet on, to accompany her
mother along the bank of the river to the village,
Susan Grafton called for her to go with her in
another direction, on an errand for Mrs. Grafton.
Mary was greatly tried. She wished very much to
go with her mother, but Susan did not like to go
alone. What to do she did not know. Tears were
in her eyes, as she told her mother her trouble and
asked her what she should do. Mrs. Wilson left
the decision entirely to Mary. After a short struggle
she smiled through her tears, and said, "I should
rather go with you, mother, but Susan will be happier
if I go with her. I think I had better go with
Mrs. Wilson kissed the quivering lip of her
daughter, and told her she had done right in thinking
of Susan's happiness. Her heart ascended in
prayer to God for his blessing on her dear child,
that she might ever be unselfish and self-sacrificing.
Would not most children be happier than they
now are, if, like Mary, they tried to make others
happy, and were willing to deny themselves for the
sake of their companions?
Although Mary was so much grieved to lose her
walk with her mother, she was far happier that
afternoon than she would have been without an
Will you not pray, dear children, for a kind,