(Part I: The Beginning)
This story is about the life of a boy named Nicholas who lived during the Great Depression. How the Great Depression began is not important, it is important that a boy named Nicholas lived during it and was affected by it.
He had a small house. It had two rooms. One room was for the parents, and the smaller room was for Nicholas. Nicholas's family was poor. Everybody in the family had to work and pool their money. His father was stuck selling apples on the street with a pushcart, and said to people in a sing-song voice who strolled by, “Get your fresh apples. Get your fresh, fresh apples.”
“May I have two sir. How much?”
“A penny for one with a bruise, and two pennies if it ain't got no bruise.”
Nicholas’s father worked all day for 1 dollar.
I lived in a small house with my family including my mom and my dad, and our dog Scruffy. The reason we named him Scruffy is because, well he’s a bit scruffy. His coat is a bit curly and that is actually what he is supposed to look like. He’s one of my best friends...well he’s my only friend. My dad sold apples and my mom baked treats to sell for money. Surprisingly, my mom made more money than my dad. She didn’t tell him about how much money she made so he wouldn’t get angry. I don’t really have a job. My mom said I should try to get a job delivering newspapers. She said there might still be a spot for a job.
So I went over to the newsstand and asked if there was an opening for a job. The tall man answered, “Your just in luck. There's one more spot open.” He was so happy that he could help his family earn more money. “Come back here first thing in the morning.”
(Part II: The Job)
Nicolas woke up in the morning and remembered what the tall man said. He got up, ate breakfast fast, and his mother asked, “What is the rush?”
He said, “Nicholas said that he started delivering the paper in the morning.” He ran off back to the newsstand.
The tall man said, “Good. You're just in time, and what’s your name?”
“Here’s your paper carrying bag and a list of where to deliver the daily paper.”
So he went of to deliver the newspaper. Nicholas walked to almost all the houses on his route before arriving at the final house. It was huge with a massive lawn and the biggest house he had ever seen. He went to the front door and knocked. A butler answered the door and took the paper from the boy and gave him a tip of five dollars!!! He was amazed that someone would just give that away. He thought they must be rich, and he went back to the stand. First, he put the five dollar bill in one of the sleeves inside his jacket and gave all the rest of the coins to the tall man before returning home. He was tired and happy.
(Part III: The Surprise)
I went home and hid the five dollar bill in my drawer next to my bed. Then, I thought that it would be unkind and negligent, so I went downstairs and showed it to my parents. They were surprised and thought that I had stolen it but I told them what happened. They understood. They had remembered who the richest person in town was and that there weren't many paper boys assigned to the house because the person was strange and reclusive. Only one person was allowed to see him. His butler Gerald. Gerald was the only person who could see the strange person and was the only source who told the truth about what happened inside the mansion.The reason the strange person was rich is because he was an inventor. His inventions went for a lot of money. He was so rich he could buy an entire country. And that is all my parent’s know about the strange person.
His parent’s were happy that he had such a well paying job and enjoyed doing it. Every day Nicolas earned more money and Nicholas's family grew wealthier and wealthier. Very soon his parents got new well paying jobs, and were considered by the rich to be average, but they were better than the rich because they helped the poor and unfortunate in life. They were growing wealthier every day, and everybody liked them because they were the kindest in the whole entire town. Nicolas learned from the generous inventor in the mansion to give if he had money. They were given a medal for being so helpful to the whole community. The way they helped the community was by making food for the poor. In their town they created soup kitchens. Anybody who was hungry could go to the soup lines and get free food, and were treated kindly. That was the spirit of the Great Depression. If somebody needed help, another would help them. That is the end of the story of the paper boy. People never forgot their kind family, and as the Great Depression ended, many people thanked the family who had given so much to help others.