Author's Note: This tale is intended as a short bedtime story for very young, and sleepy children. That is why it is short. I someday hope to turn this into a picture book along with a collection of similar stories.

Grandma's Bracelet

Alice was a happy little girl who lived in a small, but very pretty house with her Mummy and Daddy.

She had many hobbies, but her most favourite was collecting pretty jewelry. Every year on her birthday Alice's Grandma would buy her a pretty piece of jewelry, and Alice always loved and took special care of her jewelry from Grandma.

In Alice's room there was a tiny wooden jewelry box, where she took special care of her jewelry.

She polished her rings, untangled her necklaces, and paired her earrings. There were many pieces of pretty jewelry in the old wooden box, but Alice didn't have a bracelet.

One day, when Grandma was visiting Alice during the summer, Alice asked Grandma for a bracelet. "Grandma, for my birthday could I please have a bracelet? I promise to take good care of it!" She said.

Grandma shook her head, "Someday, when you're a lady, I'll buy you a bracelet for your birthday."

For the rest of that year Alice was determined to be a lady, so she copied Mummy. She tried on Mummy's high heels, wore sparkly costume dresses, and had afternoon tea with her teddy bears.

Right before her next birthday Alice was sure that she had become a lady, and so when Grandma visited she asked again. "Grandma, for my birthday could I please have a bracelet? I'm a lady, and I promise to take good care of it!"

Grandma shook her head, "Someday, when you're a good student, I'll buy you a bracelet for your birthday."

For the rest of that year Alice was determined to be a good student, she never missed a day of school, did all of her homework, and had the best grades in her class.

Right before her next birthday Alice was sure that she had become a good student, and so when Grandma visited she asked her yet again.

"Grandma, for my birthday could I please have a bracelet? I'm a lady and a good student, and I promise to take good care of it!"

Grandma shook her head, "Someday, when you're a responsible and honest person, I'll buy you a bracelet for your birthday."

For the rest of that year Alice was determined to be a responsible and honest person, she always did what she was told, kept her bedroom spic and span, and never lied about things to her parents.

Right before her next birthday Alice was sure that she had become a responsible and honest person, and when Grandma visited she asked her yet again.

"Grandma, for my birthday could I please have a bracelet? I'm a lady, a good student, and a responsible and honest person, and I promise to take good care of it!"

Grandma shook her head, "Someday, when I'm ready too, I'll give you a bracelet for your birthday."

Alice was happy, she was getting a bracelet from Grandma one day or another. She was patient, and she waited for many years. But when Alice was twelve, Grandma got very sick.

She went to visit Grandma in the hospital, and when she got there Grandma asked, "Alice, did you still want a bracelet for your birthday?"

"Yes" Alice said, smiling and hugging Grandma, who smiled back and pulled back her hand.

Around her wrist was a beautiful bracelet, made of three gold, silver, and copper chains that were braided together. Alice couldn't believe how it sparkled in the light.

"My Grandma gave me this, but first I had to be a lady, a good student, and a responsible and honest person. Now it's yours to give to your granddaughter when she is grown up too."

That night Grandma kissed Alice goodnight, and went to sleep. Everywhere she went Alice wore Grandma's bracelet, when Alice became an old lady her granddaughter asked her for a bracelet.

Alice shook her head and said, "Someday, when you're a lady, I'll buy you a bracelet for your birthday."

The End