Timothy ran along the monsoon drain with his friend, Alan. They were barefoot. Their clothes were tattered and torn.
Timothy and Alan were very poor. Their families could not afford to buy toys or books for them. To amuse themselves, they chased each other along the monsoon drain near their block of flats. Sometimes, they jumped into the drain to catch fish. After the rain, they would look for interesting insects as well as snails on the grass. They also went to the playground. They liked the slide and climbing frames there. As they did not even have a ball, they often waited for a group of boys to play football. They did not dare ask to play with them so they often stood nearby watching them. Sometimes, the boys would invite them for a game. Timothy and Alan wished they had bicycles like the other children. In the evening, many children cycled at the nearby park. Their parents had promised to get them second-hand bicycles when they had enough money. Timothy and Alan were looking forward to that day.
The boys returned home at dinnertime. Although they did not have any toys to play within the afternoon, they were satisfied with their lives. They were happy just to have each other’s company.