Ifra learns not to assume

(Assume means to think of something as being true, without proof.)

Ifra rang her friend Haleema but Haleema didn’t answer so Ifra texted her. “Do you want to come to my house?” Haleema replied after a few minutes saying “Not today, I’m really busy.”

This made Ifra feel upset. She began to think Haleema didn’t want to hang out with her.

The next day when school had finished, Ifra saw Haleema and shouted her name. Haleema quickly got in her mum’s car without looking back.

I knew it, thought Ifra. Haleema really doesn’t want to talk to me. I wonder what I’ve done to upset her…

Ifra was really upset and became angry with her friend; why was she ignoring her?

The next day, Ifra confronted Haleema at school. “Why have you been ignoring me?”

Haleema looked down to the ground. “I’m not ignoring you Ifra, please just leave it,” she said.

“No, I want to know why you don’t want to hang out with me,” said Ifra.

At that moment, Haleema’s teacher came over. “Haleema, it’s time for your hospital appointment now. Your mum’s waiting outside in her car to take you,” said the teacher.

Haleema looked up to see a guilty looking Ifra. “Now you know why I can’t hang out with you,” she said before walking over to her mum’s car.

Ifra felt so guilty. She had assumed Haleema was ignoring her, but really she was going through a tough time because her dad was not well.

Ifra felt so bad for confronting Haleema. She didn’t want to feel like that ever again. So from that moment, Ifra told herself she would try not to assume anything without proof ever again.

Moral of the story

Don’t assume things. If you assume something and it turns out that you’re wrong, it becomes a great big misunderstanding for no reason. If you are unsure, you should ask politely instead.

I’m writing 26 stories that are 26 sentences each to raise money for orphan sponsorship. This is the 19th story. You can read the others here. And your parent or guardian can donate to the cause here.