A little girl was once very jealous of another little girl because the other girl was so much prettier than she was. In other words, this girl had green eyes. She was Coxswain
Greeneye's girl friend. Her mother noticed this and sought a way to cure her of her envy. This is how she went about it. She prepared a package, wrapped it neatly and mailed it to her daughter. The daughter received the package and opened it in a hurry. She was a little bit surprised at what was in it. The first thing she found was a letter, which read like this:
In this package you will find three smaller packages. You will see that each one has a label on it. The first says, "This is what you both look like." The second says, "This is what you both ought to look like." The third says, "This is what you are both going to look like."
The little girl opened the first parcel and found in it two photographs — one of herself and one of the other girl. "This is what you both look like." In the second package — "This is what you both ought to look like" — she found a picture of our Lady. In the third parcel she got her biggest surprise. "This is what you are both going to look like," she found a picture of a skull.
Of course, she was not pleased with the present she had received from her mother. Neither would you be. At the bottom of the box she found another note. It read:
"So daughter, you see you may be jealous of someone else because you do not look quite the same, but remember this, what you ought to look like — our Lady — is exactly the same for both of you. And what you will look like is also the same. Will you be worrying when you are dead whether your skull is prettier than hers?
With love, Mother."
- Heavenwords, Imprimatur 1941 -