By Savidula Rathnayaka
Illustrated By Induwari Wickramasinghe
Making mistakes is normal. Everyone makes mistakes. We can’t avoid it! But there’s this little boy who never wanted to make a single mistake.
He would cry his eyes out when he made a mistake! Also, he doesn’t go to school when he makes a mistake! And his mother would always say, “Nick, we can’t avoid mistakes! We should make mistakes to learn something!”
But Nick would say, “No, no, no! I don’t want to make any mistakes! What if others laugh at me!”
Nick’s mother was tired of saying the same thing again and again.
One day, at school, Nick’s Math teacher, Miss Nelson told one kid to stand up. And she said, “Kevin, tell me the answer for 7×8”.
And Kevin said, “It’s 57, miss” .
“No, Kevin. It’s wrong.” said Miss Nelson, kindly. Kevin nodded.
Nick started laughing out loud. Miss Nelson looked at Nick coolly and said, “Nick, can you tell me the answer?”
Nick got up from his chair and looked around. He didn’t know the answer. But he didn’t have any choice. So he said, “Miss, it’s, urrr, it’s 42,”
“Wrong,” said Miss Nelson.
“No! It’s correct! I’m never wrong! I’m always correct!” Nick shouted.
“The way you are thinking is totally wrong, Nick,” said Miss Nelson.
“I’m always correct! I never make mistakes!” argued Nick.
“Listen! You should learn this!” said Miss Nelson, furiously. “There’s no one in the world, who doesn’t make any mistake! We should make mistakes. And we can learn something new by making mistakes. Never think that you are always correct. You are coming to school to learn and make mistakes. So listen, never be afraid to make any mistake. And you should say sorry to Kevin”.
The words of Miss Nelson made a huge change on Nick. He turned to Kevin and said sorry. He also said sorry to Miss Nelson.
And from that day onwards, Nick loved to make a lot of mistakes. And he was never afraid to make any mistake.
Moral: Everyone makes mistakes. So, don’t be afraid, don’t be shy of making mistakes. We can’t avoid mistakes. Every time we make a mistake, we learn something new from it.