Farmer Fred was standing on his front porch. It was a beautiful summer evening. There was a nice cool breeze and the sky was full of stars.
“It sure is a beautiful evening tonight,” said Christopher Corn, as he joined Farmer Fred. “Look at all the stars in the sky.”
“There certainly are lots out there tonight,” said Farmer Fred.
“Where is the north star?” asked Christopher. “I c an never remember where that one is.”
‘It is right above us,” said Farmer Fred, pointing to it. “Just remember it is the brightest star.”
“There’s the big dipper,” said Christopher, pointing to it.
“Yes,” said Farmer Fred. “That is the big dipper alright.”
“Which star is heaven?” asked Christopher.
“That I don’t know,” said Farmer Fred.
“I see,” said Christopher, disappointed.
“Why did you want to know where heaven is?” asked Farmer Fred.
“I want to go there,” said Christopher.
“I do hope you won’t go there anytime soon,” said Farmer Fred.
“Why not?” asked Christopher.
“Only people who die go to heaven,” explained Farmer Fred. “Once you go there, you will never come back.”
“Sometimes things get dark and stormy inside my head,” said Christopher, honestly. “Sometimes I don’t want to be here any longer.”
“Christopher,” said Farmer Fred, very concerned about his friend. “You have to promise me that no matter what, you can’t let those dark thoughts cloud your judgment. You have so much going for you and you have all of the Fresh Veggie family, including me, that care for you and love you very much.”
“You are right,” said Christopher, thinking hard about what Farmer Fred had just said.
“I think I should see about getting you in to see a counsellor,” said Farmer Fred. “A counsellor would be able to help you sort through those dark thoughts.”
“I think it would be good for me to see a counsellor,” said Christopher.
Farmer Fred took Christopher to see a counsellor the next morning. Christopher was able to work through his dark thoughts and he was able to see that he wasn’t ready for heaven any time soon.
“Thank you,” said Christopher to Farmer Fred after his counsellor appointment. “I do feel much better about things.”
“Good,” said Farmer Fred. “It is important to take care of your mental health as well as your physical health.”
“I agree,” said Christopher.
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