Fred and Wilma return home with a purchase from the Bedrock Mall, and their daughter, Pebbles, is so excited to have her Daddy set up her brand new Kiddie Kamp tent.
With both Wilma and Pebbles’ encouragement, Fred is more than willing to take a few minutes to pitch the tent. As Fred unpacks the materials from the box, he looks at the directions and pitches them aside.
After all, Fred is set to be the next foreman at Slate Rock and Gravel Company, where he has worked for several years as a bronto crane operator. He certainly won’t need to follow any directions.
Pebbles watches her Daddy as he begins to pitch her new tent. She is excited to show it to her next door friend, Bamm-Bamm.
Bamm-Bamm’s Mom, Betty, is on the phone with Wilma. Wilma tells her, “Pebbles is really looking forward to playing in her new tent. Fred should have it up quickly.”
Patiently watching from a few feet away, Pebbles smiles as her Daddy finishes up. Fred tells himself, “Another piece of cake for the next foreman at Slate Rock and Gravel.” Pebbles claps to show how happy she is.
Meanwhile, Betty has finished her phone conversation with Wilma. She remarks to her husband, Barney, “Perhaps you should go over and see if Fred needs any help with pitching this tent.”
Fred steadies the tent. Because of the summer heat, heavy sweat is running down his face. His patience is wearing thin. Suddenly, the tent collapses and falls into a disheveled pile of canvas and sticks.
Barney takes a glance out of his backdoor to witness something he has never seen before. He steps back in and tells Betty, “Too late! Fred has already pitched the tent.”
Poor Pebbles! Her brand new tent is piled up by the trash.
The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.
From Colossians 3:12-13: “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.