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As human beings, we are likely to perform idiotic actions because of our natural flaws. It is our nature to make stupid mistakes although there are no precise reasons for us to make them. For instance, as children we make many stupid mistakes. These mistakes are things that make our childhood more remarkable and memorable. They are either laughed upon or just simply regretted. In fact, I recall a childhood incident that I believe to be the dumbest thing that I had ever done with my money.
One mistake that I still deeply regret and believe to be the dumbest thing that I have done with my money had occurred when I was five years old. My childhood memories are extremely vivid, that I could actually remember them as accurately as if the events have just recently occurred. I was always a naughty child that grabbed everything I saw in a store and pestered my mother very much, so that she would buy me anything that I wanted. I could still remember myself walking through the aisles of "The Bargain Shop" store and looking at all the available toys. When I passed by the arts and crafts aisle, I froze and stood by the rack that held the colorful and wonderful looking Christmas cookie cutters. This sight had given me a futuristic vision, I could already see my mother using the cookie cutters to make ornament, reindeer, and elves shaped cookies. In fact, I could even taste the deliciously sweet cookies crumbling under my baby teeth. My imagination seemed so realistic that I was very eager to make it reality. As if have said before, I was a stubborn child and if I was determined with something, I stood hard as a rock. Thus, my mother had no choice but to buy me the cookie cutters. I leapt with joy when my mother had purchased the cookie cutters and placed the package in my school bag. I was eager to go home and show-off to my older siblings that my mother had bought me a wonderful gift.
Soon, it was time for school, and as a senior kindergarten, I had school in the afternoon. I waved my mother good bye and raced into my classroom to remove my boots and hang my coat and backpack on my coat hook. That day, I joyfully and excitingly participated in all of the class activities and even wrote my alphabets, which was something that I truly detested. Sometime during the end of class, I saw my best-friend give my teacher a candy jar as a gift. This generous act done by my friend had infuriated me. I was jealous that she thought of giving my loving and sweet teacher a gift. Also, I was determined not to allow my friend to become my teacher's pet. At that age, I was kind of a possessive child, I didn't like sharing, especially things that I liked. I adored my senior kindergarten teacher, and I was not willing to allow my friend become her favourite student. Thus, I thought that I must also give my teacher a gift. So, I searched through my backpack to find something worthy enough to be considered as a gift. My eyes lay on the cookie cutters and I thought that if I had cherished such a thing, my teacher would probably cherish it as well. I took the cookie cutters out of my school bag and proudly handed it over to my teacher. Furthermore, I realized that that my assumption was correct; my teacher loved the gift and she gave me a big hug that I smugly accepted it, knowing that I had won my teacher's affection.
As I walked home with my mother, I thought proudly of my victory. I knew I was not someone to be beaten or defeated. It was pleasant to think that I was the best. When I got home, my mother had helped me empty my school bag. After she was done unpacking, she had asked me what I had done with the cookie cutters that I had purchased. Looking through my mother's sweet and kind eyes, I had finally realized that I had made a mistake. I had allowed my arrogance to over power my sense of thought and made a deliberate decision instead of thinking straight and clear. I understood that I had wanted to buy the cookies cutters so that I could help my mother make cookies and share some mother and daughter time. However, my sudden decision to defeat my friend and prove my importance to my teacher had ruined such a possible and cherishing moment. My mother did not scold me when I told her that I gave the cookie cutters to my teacher. Nevertheless, I felt guiltier and I regretted my stupid action.
At that age I had made a decision, someday as an adult, I would buy cookie cutters and bake cookies with my mother. I vowed to myself that I would relive my childhood fantasy and truly redeem myself from my stupid mistake. Also, from this incident, I had learned that I did not need to give presents to others to earn their affection. All I have to do was be honest, selfless, and kind to everyone and I could win anyone's affection. I would no longer need to feel ashamed of my selfish act. As humans we make many mistakes, the people that have regretted their mistakes and have the desire to fix them are the ones that are truly redeemed from their dark past lives. One must realize their mistake, try to change it, and help others become better people; this is the only method necessary to establish peace.
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