You're Not Invited


You’re Not Invited

Janice Alonso

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You’re Not Invited

Skylar’s heart raced and her hands and feet couldn’t move fast enough. It was the middle of summer and school would be starting next month. She was going to be in kindergarten – she was going to be in real school. But today she had something special planned … something very special. Quickly she finished brushing her teeth and got dressed. She tugged on white leggings and a pink T-shirt with purple sparkles. When she’d finished pulling her long brown hair into a ponytail, she flew from her room and bounded down the steps two-at-a-time.

“I’m ready,” she shouted when she reached the bottom.

“Slow down,” laughed her mom as she sat down at the kitchen table. “I guess you are ready to plan your party,” she said.

That was the reason Skylar was excited. Not only was she going to be in kindergarten, she was having a middle-of-the-summer pool party with cake and ice cream, and well … everything!

Skylar plopped down in the chair across from her mom. Her older sister Shasta was at the table as well. She would be at the party, too.

“Thank you for doing face painting,” said Skylar. “You’re the best.”

Shasta smiled at her little sister and winked. “No, you’re the best.”

Skylar’s mom took the top off the pen and then ripped a sheet of paper from her notepad.

“The first thing we need to do is make a list of everyone you want to invite to the party,” she said. Moving the paper in front of her, she continued, “Have you thought about who you’d like to invite?”

Without missing a beat, Skylar rattled off names. “Max, Charlotte, Anu, and Dylan for sure,” she said. They were in her Sunday school class and on her soccer team. “They’re my best friends and always fun. I couldn’t ever have a party without them!”

Her mom began the list.

“And Julie and Juan and Tameka,” added Skylar.

For the next twenty minutes, Skylar thought of more names while Shasta tossed out ideas for face painting. When she’d finished, her mom looked at the list and read all the names aloud.

“Is that it?” her mom asked.

“That’s it!” exclaimed Skylar. “I can’t think of anyone else.”

“Aren’t you forgetting someone?” asked Shasta with a frown.

The smile slid from Skylar’s face. She moved her eyes to her mom.

“Can you think of someone you may have overlooked?” Her mom leaned in closer. “Anyone?”

Skylar’s mind whirled, her cheeks burned, and she could feel her eyes filling with hot tears. She glared from her mom to her sister.

Lifting her chin, she said defiantly, “No … that’s everyone I want to invite.”

When she said the words out loud, an anger and sadness squeezed her heart at the same time.

No one spoke. Not her mom. Not her sister.

There was someone Skylar had left out … on purpose. She didn’t forget Mary Kate … she left her out because she didn’t want her at the party.

Last spring Mary Kate had a birthday party sleepover and she invited five girls from their class, five girls because she was five years old. Mary Kate had not invited Skylar and she had felt awful that she hadn’t been included. And on Monday when the girls were talking about all the fun they’d had at the sleepover, Skylar felt even more miserable because she hadn’t been invited. She wasn’t ever going to forgive Mary Kate. She’d show her how it felt to be left out. Skylar still carried the bad feelings in her heart and now Mary Kate would have those feelings, too.

Skylar leveled her eyes at her mom. “Mary Kate is NOT invited.” Now Mary Kate could stay at home while everyone else would have fun at her pool party. Now Mary Kate would know how lonely it felt.

Skylar’s mom’s lips tugged downward and she shrugged her shoulders. “Okay, it’s your party.”

“Why don’t we talk about a theme, food, and games,” Shasta said, but her face fell in disappointment.

“Then we can make the invitations,” said her mom.

For the remainder of the morning, they planned the party. Skylar had decided on a pool party with a cookout. They would play games like water tag and finding coins on the bottom of the pool. She knew her dad would come to the party and he would grill hamburgers and hot dogs. But planning the party wasn’t as much fun as Skylar had thought it would be. She sighed and a tear rolled down her cheek.

“What’s wrong?” asked her mom.

Skylar didn’t say a word.

“Is it Mary Kate?” asked Shasta.

Skylar stood and ran to her sister. “It doesn’t make me feel good to leave Mary Kate out.” She buried her head in Shasta’s chest.

Shasta patted her little sister’s back. “I know. You’re angry with Mary Kate and want her to know how it feels not to be invited.”

Skylar looked up and nodded.

“But that’s not what’s in your heart because you know what you’ve learned at church and at home,” said her mom.

“Treat everyone the way you want to be treated,” said Skylar, remembering what Jesus had taught. Then lowering her voice, she added. “And that means I need to forgive Mary Kate.”

“That’s right,” agreed Shasta.

“Including her in your party will show that you have forgiven her.” Her mom smiled and took Skylar’s hand in her own, “Instead of holding a grudge.”

“What’s a grudge?” asked Skylar.

“A grudge is when you don’t forgive and always remember when someone has done something you think was wrong to you,” answered Shasta.

“And usually the one who feels the worst is the one carrying the grudge,” explained Skylar’s mom.

Skylar smiled as she reached for the invitation list and picked up the pencil. She wrote down Mary Kate’s name. Her heart became lighter. Now she felt better.


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You're Not Invited

Skylar is excited about her middle-of-the-summer pool party. She knows exactly who she’s inviting: but she will NOT invite Mary Kate. Last spring Mary Kate had a sleepover and she didn’t invite Skylar. Now Mary Kate can see how it feels to be left out. The ninth book in the series Love God. Love Others. Book nine focuses on Leviticus 19:18 – “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself.” Geared for grades K-2 to be read to the child. Great teaching aid.

  • ISBN: 9781370088874
  • Author: Janice Alonso
  • Published: 2017-07-19 19:20:08
  • Words: 1127
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