A stitch in time saves nine

BY: Abigail Bonsu

The winning essay - Question write a story to bring out the truth in the proverb, "A stitch in Time Saves Nine" The essay should not be more than 400 words. Duration: 1 HOUR

Once upon a time, there lived a man and his family. One day, he woke up in the morning to find his son very sick. His wife told him that he should send the boy to hospital but he refused.

The man told his wife that his son would soon be well. He went to a herbalist for some herbs, but anytime the boy took the herbs, it rather worsened the case.

Every day the boy got very weak and anytime the man’s wife told him to take the boy to hospital, he told her that the boy would soon be well.

After some time, his wife also fell sick. She was also coughing. The man did not care about that. All he cared about was his work and how he would make money.

His brother reported him to their parents. The parents called him and told him to take his family to hospital but he told them that it was nothing serious but a common cough.

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One day, the man’s brother went to his brother’s house and took the sick people to hospital for check-up. They were diagnosed of tuberculosis and admitted at the hospital.

The next day, the man also began to cough seriously and was rushed to the hospital. He was also diagnosed of tuberculosis. He stayed in the hospital for some days and later the doctor told him that he could not be treated because the disease had reached a terminal stage. His wife and son could also not be treated.

His family heard about the news and rushed to the hospital. The doctor asked them why they had waited so long before bringing the sick people to the hospital. The doctor said if the man and his family had been brought to the hospital early, they could have been saved.

At that point, the man said if he had known, he would have done that.

Then the doctor told him, “A stitch in time saves nine.”

Story by Yus-ra Bintu Basha

Alhassan Gbanzaba Memorial JHS,

Tamale, Northern Region.

*Fifty-one students qualified at the sectoral level to participate in the finals of a National Essay Competition organised by the Junior Graphic. Out of that number, 42 students wrote the final essay at the various offices of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) in both the northern and southern sectors.

The essay question was: Write a story to bring out the truth in the proverb: “A stitch in Time Saves Nine.” The essays were not to be more than 400 words and they were given an hour in which to write their stories.

The National Essay Competition was sponsored by Melcom Ghana Limited, Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), producers of Club minerals, and Afram Publications.