[A SIMPLE SHORT STORY FOR YOUNG CHILDREN, WRITTEN AS ENCOURAGEMENT TO MY WONDERFULLY ARTISTIC AND TALENTED NIECE FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION]
A young cricket, mouse and frog were the best of friends and dreamed of forming a world famous band.
But father cricket told his young cricket, “Work hard and you can be the best chirper in the meadow.”
Mother mouse told her young mouse, “Work hard and you can be the best scavenger along the street.”
Grandmother frog told her grandbaby frog, “Work hard and you can be the best jumper in the pond.”
And a wise old owl, whose feathers were dyed bright colors and who barked instead of hooted, winked at the young cricket, mouse and frog and told them, “Follow your hearts, and you can be the happiest critters in and beyond the meadow, street and pond.”
The youngsters laughed at the funny looking owl, ignored his counsel, and became an expert chirper, scavenger and jumper.
But as time passed by, their youthful dreams began to itch, and they remembered that crazy old owl.
So the older and wiser cricket, mouse and frog abandoned their chirping, scavenging and jumping and formed a mariachi band and became the happiest critters in and beyond the meadow, street and pond.
The wise old owl chuckled in his tree while strumming “Yellow Submarine” on his well-worn bone guitar.