Summer Rose was told bedtime
stories by her Mom each night before going to
sleep. Her Mom felt like this was the best time
and Summer Rose would remember them better.
It was a cool summer evening and
Summer Rose and her Mom were sitting on the front
porch looking at the stars.
Summer Rose heard the frogs and
she giggled at them, her mother said, Summer Rose
never laugh at the animal or the sound an animal
makes because they have special powers and they
may hear you.
This excited her and she wanted to
know all about the frog and what powers they have.
Her Mom was the best story teller
and she knew that always parts of the story were
true and parts legend. Stories that had been
down for years and years.
Once up on a time there was a
little boy who laughed at frogs and his skin
became like a frog, so be very careful and never
laugh or hurt animals. This little boy had a bad
habit of throwing rocks at the frogs and
disturbing their homes. The little boy was led
into the woods one day by a very smart
frog that knew he would follow him. As the
frog jumped into the pond and was floating away on
a huge lily pad, the little boy jumped in after
him, and when he did, the pond opened up and the
little boy went deep under the lily pads. There
beneath the water was a perfect little village
with many, many girls and boys that were turning
A few days went by and the boys
Father and Mother missed him so much, they
decided to look around the pond and they heard the
children laughing and playing .The only way to get
their children out of the pond was to drain it and
pray the children could get out from under the
huge lily pads and this is what they did. The
children got out safely but most of them had skins
like a frog and made noise like a frog. It took
many, many days for the skin to change back to
normal and their voices to change back.
So Summer Rose never be mean to an
animal or make fun of how they were created.
Because we were all created according the maker of
Summer Rose knew she would never
forget this story.
The next few days went by and she heard the frog
over and over again and decided to check out
where he lived. She saw the weeds move and went
closer and closer and as she did, there he was,
the biggest frog she had ever seen. She sat upon
a rock and just looked a him, but as she sat he
never moved, then she decided it was time to go
home, as she moved he hopped. This made her
laugh, she turned and ask him if he wanted to go
home with her. She remembered the story her
Mother had told her. She had a beautiful pond
full of lily pads he could live under and she
smiled and walked away. As she did the Frog
jumped behind her and followed her home, she
went to the pond and he jumped in and sat on a
big Lilly Pad and stared at her and made a
beautiful sound as if to say, thank you. Now
every evening as the sun goes down, Mr. Frog
makes a deep funny noise, which Summer does not
laugh at, she knows he's saying good night to
Summer Rose and to thank her for giving him a
home and making him feel safe.
© Harriett Dash 9/4/08