Matt and Mandy

    “Matt and Mandy,” Friend, Mar. 2007, 17

    Matt and Mandy

    Matt and Mandy

    Illustrations by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki

    Mandy: Dad, if somebody called somebody else a really mean name and then the second somebody punched the first somebody, who would need to repent?

    Dad: Well, the first somebody would need to repent of the mean name, and the second somebody would need to repent of the punching.

    Mandy: But wouldn’t the first somebody be worse because she started it?

    Dad: Does it matter who’s worse? Both have done wrong, and both need to apologize and repent.

    The next day—
    Mandy: Linda, I’m really sorry I punched you. How can I make it up to you?

    Linda: You can get out of my sight, you toad!

    Mandy: Thanks, Linda. I will.

    That night—
    Dad: Somebody seems a lot happier.

    Mandy: Somebody is.