362. Special Day: a story and guided meditation for kids

Blanka the plush bunny waits patiently to be discovered inside a colorfully wrapped present. How will everyone react to the thoughtful gift?

Hello everyone!  We hope you enjoyed our new story this week. Now, welcome to Favorite Friday! Sometimes we like to listen to our favorites again. Please enjoy “Special Day,” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Male

Story Begins: 8:07

Special Day Excerpt:

The rainbow paper wrapped box rested on the table, holding its surprise and waiting to be given away. Inside, Blanka, the happy yellow plush bunny smiled as she felt herself lifted up. She slid from side to side, cushioned by the fluffy tissue paper in the gift box. Blanka hoped she was on her way to meet the loving person who would be her friend. She heard the sound of giggles and felt the security of a tabletop beneath her once more. The fluffy yellow bunny took a deep dragon breath, in and out, as she heard the sound of the rainbow wrapping paper tearing open. Blanka adjusted her sparkling blue ribbon and put on her best smile. She was ready!

The plush bunny eagerly looked upward. As more and more light spilled into the gift box the white tissue paper began to glow. She heard rustling as the tissue paper was shuffled around. Blanka felt a giggle bubbling up from her belly as the paper fluttered around her. A gentle beam of sunshine poured through the parted tissue paper, causing Blanka’s blue ribbon to twinkle. The little bunny heard a gasp and smiled as she was lifted out of the gift box. A little girl held her out and said, “She’s just what I wanted! I love bunnies! She’s a bright sunny yellow too. Oh, look at her sparkly blue ribbon!” Then Blanka felt a comforting hug as the little girl said, “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Today’s Meditation: Happiness and love flow through you in this meditation.

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