The Gift

A bus was driving along a quiet country road near a small town in the south of France. In one seat sat a wispy old man. He was holding a bunch of beautiful fresh flowers. Across the aisle sat a young girl. Her eyes kept looking again and again at the old man's flowers.

The time came for the man to get off the bus. As he walked past the girl, he stopped and handed her the flowers. He said, "I can see you love the flowers and I think my wife would like for you to have them. I'll tell her I gave them to you."

The girl accepted the flowers and then watched the old man get off the bus and walk through the ------------ of a small -----------------.


Students read and must guess the missing words.


1. gates
2. old cemetery

Source: Chicken Soup for the Soul