"Mom! Dad!" Lisa yelled as she burst through her front door. She had an idea and had to tell them as soon as she could. Her mother rushed into the living room.
"What is it, baby girl?" her father asked coming into the room and taking a seat on the sofa. Lisa plopped down beside him, throwing her graduation gown across an empty chair.
"I need your help," she said in a serious tone.
"You're not in trouble are you?" her mother asked. "I know how some kids go crazy the night of graduation—"
"No," Lisa interrupted, " nothing like that."
"Screech didn't give you some strange animal for a graduation present did he?" her father asked concerned.
Lisa laughed at the thought. "No. I don't have a problem. I have an idea, and I need to talk to you two." Lisa took a breath and spoke slowly. "I've been thinking a lot about this shopping trip. It is a wonderful idea, but… I already have everything I need for college and more. "
"Are you saying you don't want to go shopping?" her mother asked puzzled. Her father pretended to clean out his ears.
"It's just… it's just that I was thinking of using the money in another way," Lisa bit her lip. Her parents were generous people and were always pushing Lisa to focus on other people, not just herself. Over the last two years, Lisa had seen how great it felt to help others by volunteering at the hospital, but giving up something she loved so much was still extremely hard. How did Kelly do it?
"I want to give whatever money you planned on spending on me to Kelly. You're always telling me to help people in need, and Kelly needs the money more than I do. She wants to go into a profession to help other people, like a teacher, but all she can afford to attend is community college. They don't offer anything other than two year degrees." Her brown eyes were starting to fill with tears. She just had to help Kelly, even if it meant wearing last year's trends.
Her mother sat down beside her and put her arm around her shoulders. Her father grabbed her hand. "Daddy's little girl is all grown up," he said gently.