Liam is a friendly little boy.
He loves to smile.
He loves to laugh.
His brother is called Jerry.
One day, Jerry made a big truck out of Lego.
His sister is called Marlie.
One day, Marlie put a lizard on her head.
One day, Daddy took Liam into a helicopter.
“Wow!” Liam said, and smiled.
One day, they went swimming.
Mummy jumped into the water.
“Oh, oh, it’s so cold!!!” she screamed.
Liam laughed, he likes swimming.
One day, Liam stopped smiling.
On this day, Jerry arrived home.
He had dirt and grass and blood and scratches and bruises everywhere.
He fell off his bike.
He felt sad and Liam felt sad.
Later, Mummy came home from work.
She was tired, very tired.
She felt unhappy, so Liam didn’t smile.
Marlie wasn’t happy either.
She did ballet. She had sore feet.
She didn’t smile, or laugh, and neither did Liam.
Daddy was also sad on this day.
He went to watch his favourite team, the Sharks.
They lost, again.
Liam took off his Sharks hat. He didn’t smile or laugh.
Everybody was sad.
Then something happened.
Liam looked at Jerry and clapped.
“Good crash Jerry, he wanted to say.
Jerry smiled, and Liam smiled too.
Liam crawled to the piano.
He looked at Marlie.
Marlie played the piano and Liam danced.
Liam loves dancing.
Marlie smiled, and Liam smiled too.
Then, Liam put on his helmet.
Daddy put him on the bike, in his special seat.
They started riding.
Daddy went fast.
Daddy went faster and faster…
Daddy laughed too.
Liam made Jerry smile.
Liam made Marlie smile.
Liam made Daddy smile.
Soon it was time for bed.
Liam had dinner.
Liam had a bath and brushed his teeth.
After his bath, Mummy read him a book and gave him a great big hug.
“Good night,” she said.
Liam smiled and reached out.
“Another hug Mummy?”
…and he made Mummy smile.
Image: Katrina Knapp