The Girl Named Dirty – Chapter 5

Forever and always, the Caretaker of Great Park brought those who were hurt or frightened, sick or broken to his wife, Mercie, because she was wise and whatever she touched was made better. . . .

Except a girl named Dirty. Dirty refused to become better. Caretaker had found her outside Stonegate Entrance, rooting around for food after a Burner had beaten her. The child was covered with welts and bruises.

When Caretaker approached the girl, she immediately stood to her feet and shouted, “I’m Dirty! I never wash! I never cry! fight anything that raises a fist to me!” Then she fainted from her wounds and hunger.

Caretaker brought her to Mercie. But all of the old woman’s efforts could not help the girl to enjoy life in Great Park. Dirty hated the cottage. She despised the people who lived there. She thought Caretaker with his tree hat and jingling pockets was stupid. She hated Hero’s ugly scar. “I’m not going to live with those creeps,” she declared one day as she stomped off to the barnyard to make her home with the pigs.

From that day on, she tromped in the mud and slept in the sheds. She practiced pig grunts. She learned pig calls, “Hoi-soi-soi-soi-hoi!” She watched the sows give birth to litters, and made pets of the piglets. And because the pigs were gentle, she loved them.


But she refused to love people. Another outcast was living in the cottage, a girl Dirty’s age who had a disease that had made her crippled. Dirty hated the Crippled Girl because she was ugly.

“Sui! Sui!” she would say to her pigs. “How can they live with that ugly thing? Why don’t they just get rid of her?”

Dirty sat on a big sow and watched when Caretaker carried the Crippled Girl on a pallet into the warm sunshine. She heard that crone of a housewife sing songs. Dirty made pig grunts to drown out the sound.

 

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The Girl Named Dirty, Chapter 5, Tales of the Kingdom

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Do You Refuse to Get Better?

Chapter 5: A Girl Named Dirty –  Do You Refuse to Get Better?It goes without saying that the old adage, “There is none so blind as he that will not see” is one of the more accurate axioms around.  Though not stated as succinctly, maybe the question posed in Chapter 5 of Tales of the Kingdom is just as valid – – Do you refuse to get better?

Why, you may ask, would anyone refuse to get better?  The answer may be complicated, and/or not easily understood.  There are, however, several reasons why this may be true, including but not limited to:

– You truly believe you can’t get better, and therefore refuse to try.
– Others have told you will never get better, so your refuse to do so.
– You have no idea of how to get better and, as a result, you refuse to get better because you are afraid you will fail.
– You have never met anyone in your situation that got better, so you have no reason to believe you will.

In Tales of the Kingdom, Pastor David Mains introduces us to “A Girl Named Dirty.”  Developed as one of his God Lesson for Kids, Tales of the Kingdom is the first in his Kingdom Trilogy, and Chapter 5 deals with how self-debasing we can become when we believe there is no help for our situation.  And, of course, it gives us a prime example of someone who has determined they will refuse to get better. As with so many of the issues it deals with, Tales of the Kingdom reveals the secret to us all for “getting better.”

A Girl Named Dirty – Chapter 5

A Girl Named Dirty Tales of the Kingdom

Forever and always, the Caretaker of Great Park brought those who were hurt or frightened, sick or broken to his wife, Mercie, because she was wise and whatever she touched was made better. . . .

Except a girl named Dirty. Dirty refused to become better. Caretaker had found her outside Stonegate Entrance, rooting around for food after a Burner had beaten her. The child was covered with welts and bruises.

When Caretaker approached the girl, she immediately stood to her feet and shouted, “I’m Dirty! I never wash! I never cry! fight anything that raises a fist to me!” Then she fainted from her wounds and hunger.

Caretaker brought her to Mercie. But all of the old woman’s efforts could not help the girl to enjoy life in Great Park. Dirty hated the cottage. She despised the people who lived there. She thought Caretaker with his tree hat and jingling pockets was stupid. She hated Hero’s ugly scar. “I’m not going to live with those creeps,” she declared one day as she stomped off to the barnyard to make her home with the pigs.

From that day on, she tromped in the mud and slept in the sheds. She practiced pig grunts. She learned pig calls, “Hoi-soi-soi-soi-hoi!” She watched the sows give birth to litters, and made pets of the piglets. And because the pigs were gentle, she loved them.


But she refused to love people. Another outcast was living in the cottage, a girl Dirty’s age who had a disease that had made her crippled. Dirty hated the Crippled Girl because she was ugly.

“Sui! Sui!” she would say to her pigs. “How can they live with that ugly thing? Why don’t they just get rid of her?”

Dirty sat on a big sow and watched when Caretaker carried the Crippled Girl on a pallet into the warm sunshine. She heard that crone of a housewife sing songs. Dirty made pig grunts to drown out the sound.

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