Miranda and The Oak Tree
Miranda's Mom didn't know how to tell her they were moving. She
knew it had to come soon because she had to start packing. She was in
the closets loading stuff in boxes and Miranda came in. "Mom, what are
you doing?" she ask. Well this was as good a time as any
she thought so she told her to sit down for a minute. "Miranda"
she said. "We have to move, we need a bigger house, you are
growing up and you will need a bigger room of your own, it's very important
for you as well as us. After supper we will set down and talk about it
and if you have any questions you can ask them. OK?"
"Yes" Miranda said, and she sadly walked away.
Miranda began to think of all the things
she had done and all her friends, how was she going to make all new friends
again, she was so upset. She thought most of all of the big oak
tree and every year how Dad would bury her in the leaves and then crawl on
his hands and knees and find her and tickled her. How her big brother had
built the tree house high in the middle of it and would put her on his back
and take her to it. Poor Miranda, she didn't want to move.
She had an idea, if she could pack her some
things in a bag and go to the tree house and hide, she could just live there
and then her Mom and dad could visit her, she could live there forever.
She sneaked into her little room and put some jeans and a sweater in a bag,
some cookies and a candy bar, then off she went. Her brother had built
a ladder for the tree house so it was easy for her to climb into it.
As she went up, the leaves were falling to the
ground. Green, yellow and orange. So beautiful, she began to cry
again. She laid down and looked through the cracks of the roof and saw the
sky and the clouds and she laughed, She remembered the night it
started to rain and her brother and his friends came running in the house,
they looked so funny, they were so wet. Dad went the next day and put
some plastic stuff on it for them and he fixed it so the light still came in
and they could lay and watch the stars.
Her name was on the big tree and the day she
was born and her brothers.....what was she going to do now? She
fell asleep and as she did she went into dream land. She had a dream
that Mom came for her and as she did she walked up a huge stair way and
knocked on a big yellow door and Miranda got up and let her in.
Mom came in and sat in a big purple rubber chair and it made a funny
noise. She had leaves for a floor and they crunched when she walked,
and she gave her Mom some cookies. Mom said "I just came to visit
you." Miranda looked out of the window and there it was,
a walkway all around the big tree and big steps that went right to the house
and leaves laying everywhere, she just wished and then she was in the
middle of the leaves and she was rolling and laughing and playing. She
heard her Daddy and he was saying .."I'm going to find you and he
was laughing and trying to tickle her.
Then she heard her Mom calling her name,
"Miranda, where are you?" She woke up told Mom her
dream. She couldn't move and leave her oak tree. As they sat at
the table she began to cry. "Baby what's the matter?"
her Mom asked. "Mom" she said, "We can't move!
please, what about our Oak tree and the leaves and the tree house and all my
friends, please Mom, we can't move. Miranda's mom got up and came
around the table, "honey" she said, we are only moving in the
house next door, you will still have your Big Oak tree, your brother is
getting married and he is moving in here, so you will always have the big
oak tree and the tree house.
Miranda was so happy , she ran out into the
yard and hugged the tree and she thought at first she felt a tear drop from
the top, she knew it was happy, and she knew her Big Tree was as happy as
she was because it let leaves fall all around her and all you could see was
her little head.
© Harriett Dash 2001