Helen is the daughter of a rich businessman. Being the only child in her family,
her parents pampered her. They gave her
anything she asked for. In school, she had no friends. Her classmates found her
snobbish and arrogant. They did not want to
be friends with her. Helen had no friends at school.
One afternoon, Helen was
waiting for her driver after school. She was standing outside the school gate
alone. The other girls were playing and laughing while waiting for their parents
to fetch them. But none of them spoke to her.
She was pretending not to mind their ignoring her. "So what if they do not
talk to me. I don't need them to talk to me." However, she did mind being left
out. A strong feeling of loneliness overwhelmed
her. This made her feel very unhappy.
While standing there, a thief came up from behind her. Helen was unaware of
this. Very quickly, the thief snatched her gold chain which she wore under her
white blouse. She felt a sharp pain and cried out loudly. But nobody went to
help her. In fact, nobody was even looking at her.
Her neck was red and hurt. It was bleeding. She was so frightened and started
crying. But still nobody looked at her. She tried to approach a prefect to tell
him what had happened. However, when the prefect saw her coming, he walked away.
All the prefects knew her as being arrogant and rude. Even the school guard
would not talk to her.
As her driver was late, she ran to the toilet and cried inside. She sobbed
her heart out. Oh, why was she so lonely? Others were always with friends joking
and laughing. Someone heard her crying in the toilet. Her class teacher, Miss
Lim was passing by. She was surprised to hear a girl crying inside the toilet.
She pushed open the door and saw Helen standing at the sink with red eyes.
Miss Lim was shocked. "Helen, what are you doing here? Why are you crying?"
Helen told her sadly, "I must be the most unhappy girl in school. Nobody
Then, she told Miss Lim how a thief had snatched her necklace.
Still sobbing, she said, "Nobody was looking at me. None of the girls wants
to talk or play with me." There and then, Miss Lim told her, "You want the girls
to like you. Very simple! You must not be arrogant. Talk to your classmates. Be
nice to them. Show them you want to be their friend." Helen listened to every
word Miss Lim said.
The next day, she went to class smiling at her classmates. They could not
believe their eyes. Proud Helen smiling at them! She even called out the names
of some of her classmates and addressed them politely. That day, she offered to
collect books and clean the blackboard. She then offered to bring the exercise
books to the teachers' room.
Soon, everyone said she had changed. Her classmates knew she wanted to be
their friend. So, they included her in the things they did. In the school
canteen, she shared her food with her classmates. They did homework together in
the library. She was no longer the proud lonely girl in school.