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Andy came with his parents to stay with his grandparents for Christmas. His father was a doctor and his mother worked in an animal shelter. They had to go back to work at New Year, so Andy was staying alone with his grandparents for New Year.
On December 31st, his grandmother said. “What is your New Year resolution?”
Andy was seven years old, and he didn’t understand. “New Year what?” he asked his grandmother.
“New Year resolution,” answered his grandmother.
“What is that?” asked Andy.
His grandmother smiled. “Well, you make a promise. You make a promise to yourself, that you will be a better person next year. Maybe you promise you will stop doing something, or maybe you promise you will do something good.”
His grandmother could see that Andy was still puzzled.
“My New Year resolution is that I will walk for an hour every day. I am too lazy. If I walk for an hour every day, my health will be better.”
“And Grandad? What does he plan to do?”
“You must ask him yourself,” said his grandmother.
Andy found his grandfather in the garden. “What is your New Year resolution?” he asked.
“Well,” said his grandfather. “I have two New Year resolutions. I am going to stop buying more roses for the garden because we have too many. And I am going to get up early every morning, and take your grandmother a cup of tea in bed.”
“Oh,” said Andy. Andy went to his room and thought about New Year resolutions.
I can stop doing something, he thought. Or I can start doing something. What does ‘be a better person’ mean? I think it means to be a happier person.
After breakfast on New Year’s Day, Andy said,” Grandma! Grandad! I thought about New Year resolutions. I have two resolutions. I wrote them down. Here is the paper. You can read it.”
Andy gave the paper to his grandmother and went outside to play.
His grandmother sat down at the table and poured herself another cup of tea.
She read Andy’s New Year resolutions. She laughed a lot. She was laughing so much she couldn’t talk.
“What is it?” asked Andy’s grandfather. “Why are you laughing?”
She gave him the piece of paper, and he laughed too.
“I guess you didn’t explain very well!” he said. “Andy didn’t understand!”
Andy’s New Year resolutions were:
Stop cleaning my teeth – cleaning teeth is boring.
Eat more chocolate – chocolate makes me happy.
By I Talk You Talk Press – Easy English Reading.