THE CUTE LITTLE BUTTON
A Sweet Story of True Love
Christina Walden Ehn
Once upon a time there was a cute little button.
She was very much in love with a handsome buttonhole that lived nearby.
She cried and cried all alone every day. Until one day, she worked up enough
courage to go and visit the handsome buttonhole.
"Oh," she cried. "I think you are the handsomest, kindest, sweetest buttonhole I
have ever seen. I was wondering if you could find it in your heart to let me be your own special button."
The handsome buttonhole wrapped himself around the cute little button and gave her a great big hug.
"I'm so touched that you love me," the handsome buttonhole said. For he was kind
as well as handsome. "But we don't belong to ourselves. We belong to a tailor who is
putting us onto a jacket he is making. If one button gets into the wrong buttonhole, then the next
button gets into the wrong buttonhole. And the front of the jacket won't lie flat. It will be full of lumps.
And the last button on the end won't get any buttonhole at all."
"I belong to that button over there."
The handsome buttonhole pointed to his own special button. She was so pretty it near gave him fits.
But he didn't mention that to the cute little button. For he was kind and understanding, as well as handsome.
The cute little button began to cry.
But can we still be friends?" she asked through her tears.
"Why, of course," the handsome buttonhole said. "We belong to the same jacket. We'll
see each other every day."
So the cute little button went back to get acquainted with her own buttonhole.
He was a kind, handsome, faithful, loving, buttonhole. He did have a tendency to fray at the
corners, and she would pop out once in a while.
But, in general, she was content.
But every day, she would see the handsome buttonhole through her tears, and call out,
"Hi! I love you!"
And the handsome buttonhole would smile kindly, and call back, "Hi! I love you, too!"
And they all lived reasonably happy ever after.
And the tailor was very pleased with the jacket he had made.
And the moral of this story is, stay in the hole where God put you,
or you might make lumps.
(c) 2005 Rose Pappas
The Cute Little Button