I had written this one for a kid’s short story contest and i recently decided that its high time it made its view on my blog too 🙂 for those you who haven’t read it yet , Enjoy ! For those of you who have, Share it with someone who hasn’t 🙂
Little Rachel decided to go out and play one day. She cycled around on her little tricycle and happened to pass a tiny bed of flowers next to a big tall tree. She found them pretty and beautiful and decided to pluck a few to show them to her friends at school; when suddenly she hears a great big voice:
“Oh little girl wont you come and talk to me?”
Rachel was startled and frightened. “Who said that?” she asked. And the voice came again.
“I have big body, with thick green hair, I’m tall and big
Yes that’s me
With too many arms
So who can I be?”
Little Rachel was amazed that in front of her stood a huge tree, and it just spoke. “You can talk?” she asked
“Why of course I can, but the only problem is that I have no one to talk to” said the banyan tree.
“Where are all your friends, don’t you have any?” asked Rachel
“Why little girl, look around me, Do you see any other trees or plants? Sadly I’m the only one.”
“It’s decided then!” little Rachel stood upright and put her hands on her waist, “my name is Rachel and from today I will be your friend” The tree let out a weak smile. “Dear Rachel this happiness will be short-lived, because I’m a banyan tree and we live for 100-300 years. What will I do when your gone?” saying that the tree started to cry. Rachel felt sad and hugged the tree” Don’t you worry Mr. Tree, I will find a way to make you happy” .And with that she left to get back home. Over dinner Little Rachel asked “how are trees born daddy?” her father answered “well honey, they aren’t born they are planted you have to take a seed, put it in the soil, nurture it with water, sunlight and loads of love, that’s when it grows.”
Rachel had an idea, she told her friends at school the next day about her plan. That afternoon after school she worked on a small signboard with paints and crayon , her daddy who was curious asked what she was doing , all little Rachel said was “ I’m helping a friend” and asked if she could borrow a few seeds.
In the evening Rachel gathered all her friends; shovel and water cans in hand they walked to where Mr. Tree stood and got to work. They dug soil, planted seeds and watered them. Mr. Tree was puzzled but stood watching until the others had left. They had nurtured it with love, care and covered the soil neatly. After everyone had gone Little Rachel told Mr. Tree what her daddy had told her and he was happy again.
“I have one last surprise for you”. “What is it?” he asked. She pulled out her signboard that read – NO PLUCKING in bold and below it a tiny line read “it’s a beautiful world” and stuck it right next to flower bed.
From then onwards the banyan tree and little Rachel were the best of friends and would spend every other day together, she loved nurtured and watered him and by the time little Rachel was old enough to leave. Mr. Tree didn’t worry for she had given him a few good friends and for that he would always be thankful.