727. Brave Little Seed: an original short story for kids

Anton Acorn is scared to grow into a tree, but Wilma Willow helps him get comfortable with change.

Narrator: Female

Story Begins: 4:04

Brave Little Seed Excerpt:

It was a beautiful, cozy afternoon by the Ahway Island creek. A gentle breeze rustled through the leaves of the trees. Birds chirped joyfully, flitting from branch to branch, and the sun shined down through the branches overhead, warming the grass and wildflowers on the ground. In an oak tree overlooking the creek, Anton Acorn hung delicately on a branch enjoying the view.
Anton clung tightly to his branch, taking in the picturesque view below. However, he soon noticed that his branch was gradually lowering closer to the ground. Anton felt conflicted. On the one hand, he loved being up high and looking out over the creek. But on the other hand, he knew that Oswald, the oak tree he lived in, didn’t appreciate the extra weight of his branches caused by the acorns.
Even though he knew that Oswald got annoyed with acorns, Anton didn’t want to leave the tree. He enjoyed the sense of security and comfort that being nestled in the branches of Oswald’s tree provided him. Besides, he felt like he was contributing to the beauty of the world by being a part of it.

Today’s Meditation: Feel calm and relaxed as you imagine a baby elephant and its mama.

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