Whatâ€™s the Deal with Bruno?
NOTE: Unlike most of my stories, the symbolism of this little parable is not spelled out. Be sure you are
ready to explain to the children that Bruno is a type of Christ and Andrew a type for all Christians.
From the minute, he showed up at school, everybody knew Bruno was poor. His clothes were tattered, he
never carried any money and his hair was never clean. Usually when a poor kid started school though, the
bullies picked on him the most. Lots of the Christian kids hated that but they were afraid to step in. Andrew
spotted Bruno the first day and he immediately knew there was something different about him. At lunch,
Bruno was just having a side dish because that was all he could afford. So Andrew bought two full meals
and took one to Bruno.
â€œHi, Iâ€™m Andrew. I accidentally got two meals today. Can you take one?â€ Brunoâ€™s eyes shone
with appreciation at the offer.
â€œYes, sure. Hi, I am Bruno. I am new here.â€ And over lunch, the two became good friends.
â€œListen Bruno. Be careful of the bullies ok? They always pick on the poor, umm, er, the new kids and I
donâ€™t want to see you get hurt.â€ Andrew advised.
â€œIâ€™ll be careful. Donâ€™t worry about me Andrew. For anything.â€ Bruno smiled. There was that
smile again. Usually poor kids did not smile like they were on top of the world. Bruno smiled like that. He
was at ease in the school even when the snooty kids wouldnâ€™t talk to him, bumped him or said crude
things to him. He just sang a quiet song and walked confidentially down the middle of the hallway with a
spring in his step like he could not be bothered by anything. Even those who wanted to bully him paused
and watched him walk away like that totally puzzled and wondered, what is the deal with Bruno?
Suddenly the biggest bully of them all stepped in front of Bruno. His name was Rocky and even the bullies
feared him. â€œHold it right there.â€ Rocky said. â€œWhat are you so happy about? Not many people are
happy before they get beaten up.â€ Rocky said.
â€œHello, Bruno here.â€ Bruno introduced himself. Then what he did absolutely amazed the whole school.
Bruno just moved slightly to the left which caused Rocky to move with him and that little fake gave him an
opening and Bruno slid under Rockyâ€™s arm on the right and continued walking toward the exit.
â€œBRUNO!â€ Rocky called out in anger. â€œFIVE OCLOCK AT THE BASEBALL FIELD, BE
THERE.â€ He challenged. Bruno turned back to Rocky, that very happy grin still on his face.
â€œHappy to.â€ He said without a trace of fear or anger almost like he was making a date to play baseball
rather than to be abused by Rocky and his boys.
Andrew called Bruno after school and tried to talk him out of going but no good. Bruno acted like it was
going to be fun. So he agreed at least to let Andrew come with him. They approached the ball field and it
was deserted. Bruno and Andrew started throwing a ball back and forth when the bullies arrived.
Rockyâ€™s friends filled the bleachers.
â€œOk Bruno. No more fooling around.â€ Rocky said advancing.
â€œOh I think lots of fooling around.â€ Bruno said and all of a sudden, he was behind Rocky. Rocky
swung around and the super quick poor boy was behind him again. When Rocky turned again, Bruno
smiled and patted his nose. The kids in the stands roared with laughter. Rocky swung his fist to hurt Bruno
but Bruno was too nimble. He grabbed Rockyâ€™s arm and put him to the ground and he did it over and
over again until Rocky lay exhausted and not one punch had been landed. Andrew recognized the moves as
those only a black belt in judo could have done.
Just then, a car drove up just next to the ball field. But it wasnâ€™t just any car. It was a very special car.
On the side the words â€œVan Pelt Industriesâ€ were written. Val Pelt industries was the factory that made
up about 90% of the employment in Andrewâ€™s town. The President, Steve Malone was a genius of
management so everybody who worked there was very well off.
â€œWell I have to be going now.â€ Bruno said walking to the limousine. The passenger door opened and
the tall handsome Steve Malone got out.
â€œAll done Bruno?â€ He said happily.
â€œSure am dad.â€ And the two started to get in the car. All around that baseball field, the people
watching, Rocky and Andrew just watched with absolute amazement, as the son of the king of the town who
everybody thought was a poor kid got into the limo with his dad. Before they took off, Brunoâ€™s leaned
out the open window.
â€œAndrew, you gave me food when you thought I was poor. Care to come to the mansion for a nice long
visit?â€ He offered.
â€œYOU BET!â€ Andrew shouted and he ran to the car where they let him call his mom on the cell phone
so he could go to the mansion. And why not? Who wouldnâ€™t want to stay with the son of the king in a
mansion with all the luxuries? Any of us would love to have a best friend like that. I know I would.
wealth without risk