Once upon a
time there was a lonely shadow, he sat on a tree stump in the valley. He was
left there by a little boy that had grown up and lost his imagination and
ability to create fun things to do. Day after day Shadow sat waiting and
waiting. He had no friends to run and play with, he was so lonely. Once in
awhile the sun would bring the trees and the leaves to dance around him but
that wasn't any fun, they left the spot they were in.
Then one day a big moving van truck came down the
road, it was huge and it cast a shadow on the little shadow and said as it
passed, "I have a surprise for you". Well the little shadow was so
excited even the leaves on the trees blew and some even fell to the ground
and rolled over and over the wind whistled through the tree tops and played
a happy tune. You see the little shadow lived way back in a little valley
off the main road, he hardly ever saw anyone or anything. When the sun was
in a certain place the tree's had their shadow friends and the birds, even
the mountain cast a shadow of her own, but poor Shadow had no one.
The huge truck went to the very top of the mountain
and there were people everywhere unloading furniture to go in the big house
on the hill. None of them even had a shadow because Mr. Sun was
shinning overhead to give them light. There used to be a little boy that
lived in the big house and Shadow was sure wishing that one would come
back. They used to run and play together but he had gotten tall and started
sitting in a car and Shadow had to sit in back and that was no fun so he
settled on the tree stump to wait for another little boy to play with.
Well now lets see, back up to the house on top of
the hill. As they unloaded the truck one of the men rolled out a chair with
wheels on it and it was so small, Shadow wondered who could set in a chair
so small. The man reached inside of the front seat and got a little boy out
placed him in the chair. He looked so sad, Shadow knew how he felt. Week and
weeks went by and Shadow wondered what the surprise was so when the
sun came up the next day he decided to go to the big house. He got a little
bigger and stronger and up the hill he went and was looking in the window.
There the little boy sat.
About that time Mr. Sun pushed him inside the
window. The little boy jumped he was startled but then he saw Shadow. 'Wow'
the little boy said you look just like me and you're in a chair with wheels.
They rolled around and round and laughed until evening time and then Shadow
had to leave. The next few weeks the little boy got stronger and stronger
with all the exercise he had been getting with Shadow. It was kinda cloudy
one day and Shadow had not shown up, Billy asked his Mom if he could go for
a walk into the valley and she said yes. She didn't know exactly what
was making Billy stronger but it was wonderful.
We know don't we.."Mr Sunshine
and Shadow"...Billy knew he had to find Shadow. Then there he was
sitting on the tree stump waiting for Mr. Sun to come out and make him
strong enough to go see Billy. Shadow said I was waiting for you , Mr.
Sun had not come out yet and I couldn't leave, the clouds were sitting on
me. They both laughed, it was okay now because Billy had come and as Billy
sat on the tree stump with shadow they became as one.
They were the best of friends, everywhere Billy
went Shadow went. Once Billy went into the woods and lost Shadow and
he run back out never to go in the woods again. They played tag all
along the road in the sunshine and just when Billy thought he caught Shadow
and turned around Shadow hid behind him. They went fishing and Shadow and
Billy had fishing poles just alike. There was one problem, every
evening when the sun went down Billy had to go home and Shadow couldn't go,
this made them both sad and they set on the tree stump and cried at the same
One night Billy had a bad dream and it was dark so
he put his head beneath the covers and turned his little flashlight on and
guess who was there? Yes, Shadow was there with him. They began to
laugh and giggle and Billy read a story to Shadow until they both fell
asleep. Billy woke up and Shadow was gone, he looked under the bed and all
he could see with his little light was Shadows ball laying beside of his, so
he went to the closet and there inside hiding was Shadow on the wall
playing a trick on him, Billy knew right then even though he couldn't see
Shadow he was always there, all he needed was Mr. Sun in the daytime and his
little flashlight at night. Billy was the happiest little boy around
especially when he could see his best friends Shadow on the ground.
© Harriett Dash 2001