Family Reading: Stories of Care and Helping People

“Mitrić’s Christmas”


desire to bring joy to people is well described by Nikolai Teleshov in the short story “Mitrić’s Christmas”. The hero – Mitrić – the guardian of the barrack, where they brought homeless orphans. He called them “God’s children.” Under Christmas, he conceived a holiday for them. Knocked out a Christmas tree. I began to think how to decorate it. Went to the church to ask for candle pickles, that they like lights on a Christmas tree please the eye. But the head of ogarks didn’t give. The watchman bailed out Mitrić, stole in a pocket of underburned candles.

Also Mitrić bought some sweets and sausages, a bottle of vodka. Everyone rejoiced and decorated the Christmas tree. At first, candy and candles were attached to the Christmas tree, but it seemed little to Mitrić. He divided the sausage and sliced the bread into small slices. Tied ribbons and hung pieces on a Christmas tree. When it became dark, Mitrić lit candles. Children began to dance around the Christmas tree. For the first time in recent times, joyful laughter was heard in the barrack. Mitrić’s soul jubilated. He was proud to be able to deliver joy to children. He rejoiced to tears and understood that it is important for children because they were left without parents and their future fate is not known. Mitrić wanted his Christmas tree children remembered for life.

“ Smart Granddaughter”

Help and Mutual Revenue, based on savvy, sounds in A’s tale. Platonov’s Smart Granddaughter.

Grandparents had a granddaughter Dunya. She’s smart and diligent and caring. Grandma died. Dunya understood her grandfather was bored without her. One day, the business grandfather went to town with a neighbor. In a standing yard, his grandfather’s horse gave birth to a foal. In the morning, he and his neighbor saw him under the cart. The neighbor began to prove that it was his foal, even though he had a gelding, not a mare. They argued for a long time, but there is nothing to do — went to court before the king.

The Tsar liked to hang over people and before he reasoned with the disputers three riddles. The grandfather became saddened and drove home. Dunya noticed her grandfather’s sadness. He told her about the argument and the riddles of the king. She was not fazed and figured out what to answer the king.


grandfather came to the Tsar, said the sorcerers. The king was surprised, and asked who had given him such recoil. The grandfather told about Dunya, which was very interested in the king. He told her to come to see him. Dunya was savvy, resourceful and bold. I came, talked to the king. He listened to the girl and did as she said.

Let go of horses and foal. The foal immediately ran to the mother. That’s where the argument ended. So the granddaughter bailed out the grandfather and helped to defend the foal. The king did not like it, and he became angry and let the grandfather and granddaughter of evil dogs go to death. The grandfather of dogs drove away, pressed his granddaughter to himself and told that it will not give to anyone her, will save and protect from all adversity.

“ Son Duty”


desire to help a loved one can be traced in Kuramshina’s short story “Son Duty”.

Mother — Raisa — a woman with a difficult fate. At 14, she ran away from her parents’ home. In protest she joined the hippies, looked for a good and easy life. Early she gave birth to her son, raised him without her father, survived as much as she could. Had no decent education, skill, skills. Her only skill is to command men.

She wanted a well-off and easy life. I met a foreigner, Michael. He helped her for several years and provided her with a beautiful life. But came old age and a deadly disease — the wrong work of the kidneys. Surgery and a donor kidney was required. Raisa knew that if she didn’t find a kidney donor, she would die.

The son was guessing about his mother’s illness. One day he found a hospital card and realized he had to help her — give one kidney and save his mom. He has overcome his fear of being left with one kidney. He understood that Mum’s illness was fatal and she wouldn’t see her grandchildren if she died. He also coped with a childhood grudge against his mother. After all, she showed no maternal concern for him. She often threw him into the care of relatives because she wanted to arrange her private life.

Maxim did nobly and decisively. Has fulfilled his sonial duty to his mother.

“ Home”


willingness to help in distress and not leave in danger is well described in the story of N. Teleshov “Home”. It tells the story of an eleven-year-old boy, Semk, who ran home.

The boy’s parents died and he was moved to another village. He escaped from there. He felt bad there. He missed his father and mother, his native village, his river and his friends.

On the way Semku was pitied and fed by inhabitants near lying villages. One day the boy reached the river. This river seemed familiar to him, he remembered the native river Uzyupka, and it seemed to him that on that side of the river there was his native village Beloye.

A shuttle sailed down the river. Semka asked the man to move him to another shore. The man in the shuttle appeared angry and unwelcoming, asking for money from the boy. Semka faced heartlessness. He became bitter and lonely, wanted to die.

Semka has been on the road all summer. Closer to fall, he met an unknown grandfather. The boy told him about himself and his grandfather only said he was “unknown” and had no home and no homeland. Grandpa turned out to be a runaway hard man.

Soon Semka got a sheet and fell ill. He had the heat. He raved. Grandpa realized that the boy was not well. He took care of the boy: warmed him, shared food, supported when walking. There was little left to the city.

Semka woke up in a hospital bed, remembered the unknown grandfather, looking for him. Coming to the hospital window, I saw a string of arrestants shackled in the chain. His loyal grandfather was also among them.

After crying, Semka realized that his grandfather saved him at the cost of his freedom, which may never meet such a loyal friend.

Such stories will teach the child to understand why to help and why to respond to someone else’s trouble. He will know that mutual revenue, savvy and resourcefulness are valued in society.

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