Kate to Kids of Skid Row: Keep Kissing Those Frogs Kids

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“Keep kissing those frogs kids,” said Duchess Kate to a room packed with disadvantaged kids on skid row. “One of them just has to be your prince...”

The Duchess then went on to explain to the children of skid row the seriousness of their situation. And the near absolute zero possibility of their ever escaping the cycle of poverty, mental illness and drug abuse that got them there in the first place.

“Look around you,” said the Duchess. “No really. Take a good look around you. Go on. Do it now.”

As the children looked around the room lined wall to wall with the sorriest looking parents in the world for the first time, they realized the reason why they were among the poorest of the poor and they began to cry.

“No, no. Don’t cry,” said the Duchess. “It wasn’t my intention to make you cry. Only to be frank with you and give you a message of hope for the future. And you do all have a future.”

The Duchess Kate then signaled for her servants to bring in several large metal containers.

Soon the children forgot their tears as they gathered around the shiny metal boxes, their faces all lit up with curiosity for what was waiting for them inside.

“I bet you it’s a million dollars,” said one child.

“I just hope its food or clothes. Books even,” said another.

“Maybe…maybe its my daddy back from Iraq,” said a little girl, clutching a rag doll.

Giving another signal to her servants to lift the lids off the containers simultaneously, the Duchess ended all speculation.

All the children took a step back, reluctant to peer into the containers and end their curiosity for fear it would not meet their expectations, having been disappointed so many times in the past by other so-called do-gooders.

“Go on. Take a look,” said the Duchess Kate.

Finally, the little girl with the rag doll stepped forward and looked into the container.

“It's full of frogs,” said the little girl as she dropped her rag doll to reach down and pull out a frog.

“That’s right,” said the Duchess. “Frogs for you to kiss and find your prince like I found mine.”

All at once all the children rushed the containers and began pulling out frogs, kissing each and everyone on of them before discarding them to the floor where they contributed to the chaos and pandemonium by hopping all around and in-between the children’s’ feet.

The Duchess Kate even picked up several frogs herself, holding them up for kids to kiss.

“Nope,” said the Duchess. “That one is definitely not a prince. Try another.”

Soon a servant leaned over and whispered to the Duchess that it was time to depart. As the Duchess stood up to leave, she shouted a few words of encouragement.

“Keep kissing those frogs kids,” said Duchess Kate to a room packed with disadvantaged kids on skid row. “One of them just has to be your prince…or he owes you a dinner tonight.”

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