“How much longer Skye?” Teddy demanded again, for at least the fifth time that afternoon. Skye stretched, awake now from his afternoon nap much earlier than he had hoped: “Any day now Teddy, any day now.” Standing next to Teddy, their heads hung over the gate, Pickle could almost taste the delicious fresh crunchy carrots the ponies were both eying up, just steps away from them in the vegetable garden. … Teddy and Pickle didn’t want to wait, they wanted the carrots right away….”
When Teddy just can’t resist the temptation and crawls under the fence to find those yummy carrots, he gets much more than a sore tummy. Feelings of guilt keep him away for a few days, and when he risks coming home he does not dare to hope for much of a welcome. Pickle also expects Teddy to ‘get what he deserves’. When Skye celebrates Teddy’s return both Teddy and Pickle have important lessons to learn.
This story explores the concept of grace and forgiveness and helps show children and their caregivers the unconditional nature of love which applies even – especially- when we least deserve it.