Are you mine?


Ilnara began learning English as a second-grader in her Russian school in the Kazan region of Russia. She is now a college graduate, but shares this story with us from her “childhood”.  Thank you, Ilnara!

IT was the beginning of December. Albina walked down the street remembering all the happiest days of the old year. She smiled. Soon it would be a new year. 

Photo courtesy Polina 

     Suddenly she saw something soft on the ground. It was a little kitten. She took him in her hands. Albina looked all around but saw no one. The kitten, it seems, was homeless, so she decided to take him home. There was, however, one problem. Albina’s father didn’t like animals. The kitten purred very loudly. It was so beautiful and sweet . . . and helpless. “Where is your mother? Where is your home? What can I do?” thought Albina. Then she had an idea. She knew her father was a kind man and liked to help people in trouble. “Maybe … just maybe …” she thought. 

     Albina took the kitten home and told her mother her idea. Her mother said it was O.K. to try it. Albina found a small, deep box and put a soft towel in the bottom. While Albina did this, her mother gave the kitten some milk. Then Albina found a piece of paper and wrote
on it:

I am all alone in the world.  Please help me. 

     Just before it was time for her father to come home, Albina put the kitten in the box with the note and left the box outside by the door.

      Albina watched from the window. Her father came to the door. When he saw the box he stopped and looked inside. Then Albina was shocked!  Her father took the box and went somewhere. She was worried about the little kitten, but she was afraid to ask her father about it because he might guess that she put the box there. Albina could not find the box anywhere. What did her father do with the kitten? 

     Two days later Albina woke up very early because something soft was touching her leg. She opened her eyes. There was the kitten! Her father smiled, standing next to her bed. “Happy Birthday, Albina!” he laughed.  — Ilnara


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