The Story of the Yellow Flowers
The Story of the Yellow Flowers by Frances Weld Danielson. This is a LibraryCall adaptation and recording. Once there were a great many weeds in a field. No one appreciated the weeds and they felt as though they had no place in the world. The cows would not eat them, the children would not pick them, and even the bugs did not seem to like them. “I don’t see what we’re here for,” said one of the weeds. “We are not any good.” “No good at all,” growled a dozen little weeds, “only to catch dust.” “Well, if that’s what we’re here for,” cried a very tall weed, “then I say let’s catch dust! I suppose somebody’s got to do it. We can’t all bear blueberries or blossom into dandelions” “But it isn’t pleasant work at all,” whined a tiny weed. “No whining allowed in this field,” laughed a funny weed, with a bump in his stalk. “We’re all going to catch dust, so let’s see which one can catch the most. What do you say to a race?” The funny weed spoke in such a jolly voice that the weeds all cheered up at once, and before long they were as busy as bees, and as happy as violets. They worked so well stretching their stalks and spreading out their fingers that before the summer was half over, they were able to take every bit of dust that flew up from the road. In the field beyond, where the clover grew and the cows fed, there was not any to be seen. One morning, toward the end of summer, the weeds were surprised to see a number of people standing by the fence looking at them. Pretty soon some children came and gazed at them. Then the weeds noticed that people driving by called each other’s attention to them. They were surprised at this, but they were still more surprised when one day some children climbed the fence and commenced to pick them. “See,” cried a little girl, “the dust has been changed to gold!” The weeds looked at each other, and, sure enough, they were all covered with gold-dust. “A fairy has done it,” they whispered. But the fairies were there on the spot, and declared they had had nothing to do with it. “You did it yourselves,” said the queen of the fairies. “You were happy in your work, and a cheerful spirit always changes dust into gold. Didn’t you know it?” The weeds learned they could produce beautiful flowers after all. And from that day forward, every fall, the children celebrated the golden flowers. And the flowers never felt like they didn’t have a place in the world. The End. The Story of the Yellow Flowers by Frances Weld Danielson. This is a LibraryCall adaptation and recording.