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THE TALE OF TWO TREES


Once upon a time, there were two trees. They shared the earth and spread their roots into the dark, rich earth. Each spring filled their branches with green foliage. With the coming of summer, the trees would display bountiful bunches of beautiful yellow flowers. These flowers would remain until the fall when they would produce many clouds of seeds and a friendly breeze would spread these seeds throughout the region.
The years passed. One of the trees grew tall and continued to produce fine-looking leaves, beautiful flowers and bountiful seed. The second tree did not grow as tall but also continued to display fine-looking leaves and beautiful yellow blossoms.
More years passed. The shorter tree struggled to match the taller tree but caught only fleeting moments in the sunshine when breezes moved the branches of the taller tree and allowed rays to pass through its branches. Even so, the shorter tree continued to produce foliage and flowers albeit the size, number, and quality diminished with each passing year. It twisted its trunk and grew uneven branches in an attempt to reach the joys of the sun but it remained in the shadow of the taller, larger tree.
In time, the smaller tree produced only meager foliage and its blossoms were small and pale. Some years the blossoms displayed petals of pink instead of yellow. As more years passed, the smaller tree grew only foliage and these leaves were sparse in numbers, uneven in shape and no more than a pale green in color, hanging lethargically from the twisted misshapen branches.
The two trees continued to share the rich, dark earth, entwining their roots and sharing the waters of the soil. Since the smaller tree needed less food and water, its roots had no need to grow as large or to extend to the farther reaches of the earth.
The years passed. Storms ravaged the region. Winds took their toll. Trees succumbed.
One spring, the smaller, sheltered tree no longer stood in a shadow. It no longer was reduced to fleeting glimpses of the generous rays of the sun. The smaller tree had no need to share the riches of the earth and the moisture from the rains.
The years passed. However, regardless of its need to no longer share its resources, the smaller tree continued to be small, to produce sparse foliage. It produced no blossoms and no seeds.


I was motivated to write this mini-story after watching two little girls who were sisters. One sister was quite assertive, a trait that, no doubt, stood her in good stead as an adult. However, the shy, smaller girl would show a flair at something only to be outdone by her sister. The actions of her sister didn't seem to be on purpose, just a different personality. Watching them, I wondered how different that little girl would be as an adult if she were developing in a different setting. I vascillated on the ending and then decided that Cinderellas don't always become princesses...

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Comment by Lynne G. on September 3, 2011 at 8:44pm

Hi Kevin!  Nice to see you back!  

Marilyn Fraser, where are you the last few days?

Comment by Kevin Baker on September 3, 2011 at 7:47pm

Hi all I've been away from zoomers for s while. Mirami reminded me that I need to get writing again. It's been a while and with my memory the way it is now, I hope I can find where tyo put this story of my childhood heroes

Kevin

Comment by Lynne G. on September 3, 2011 at 5:11pm
Sorry to hear about your job, Carol, not surprised; it seems to be happening everywhere.
Comment by Lynne G. on July 17, 2011 at 7:27pm
Hi Mirami!  This works!  Usually we can post comments below an item, did you scroll down?
Comment by Mirami on July 17, 2011 at 4:07pm
I just came upon a short story posted by Kevin Baker on Dec/10. I could'nt find how to comment on it there so hope this place works. It was wonderful to read about the joy Kevin took from the outdoors. Children today seem so afraid they will be cold if they stray outside! I hope Kevin writes more of his childhood adventures although, I doubt he thought of them as adventures when he was experiencing them. Probably just a commonpace day!
Comment by Lynne G. on May 26, 2011 at 8:23am
Keep trying Marilyn!  I'm sure published authors had plenty of learning to do!  Nice that you have a group who offer helpful? criticism!  :-)
Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on May 25, 2011 at 10:47pm

Just got back from my writers' workshop. I'm having a real problem trying to get my Chapter One right. I've rewritten it a number of times, but it seems like I still have a LOT of work to do on it.! <sigh>

Do I need a mentor to help me get it right, the way I want it?

Comment by Lynne G. on April 21, 2011 at 5:39pm
I hope we get a peek at your revision Marilyn Lou!!  Glad you got some qualified criticism, that certainly helps you a lot!  Good luck with it!
Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on April 21, 2011 at 11:05am
Lots of critical advice on my Jimmy story from two writers groups. Now to do some work on it.
Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on April 12, 2011 at 9:53am
Question: In the story Our Friend Jimmy, should I leave in the last line, "That was before the fire." as a foreshadow to the next story about the fire, or should I delete it?
 

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