Freckles and Wrinkles

A grandmother and her little granddaughter spent the day at the zoo. The children were waiting in line to get their cheeks painted by a local artist, who was decorating them with tiger paws. A little boy in the same line remarked to the girl, You've got so many freckles, there's no place to paint. Embarrassed, the little girl dropped her head.

Grandmother knelt down before her.

I love your freckles, she said.

Not me, the little girl cried.

Well when I was a little girl I always wanted freckles. Freckles are beautiful.

The little girl looked up, Really?

Of course, said the grandmother. Why just name me one thing that's prettier than freckles.

The little girl peered into her grandmother's smiling face.

Wrinkles, she answered softly.

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