*Emma worked on this story for a week and it took many 45 minute sessions to complete.
“Once upon a time there was a duck and she bought a gorgeous pair of shoes. She could not force her webbed feet into the lovely shoes, so she fell into a terrible depression.
“Oh what is the matter with me?” she cried.
“Her once beautiful feet now disgusted her. The new shoes languished in her closet. Golden hopes for her acting debut were dashed. Without her new shoes she believed she would not be as highly regarded as she would be while wearing them. Delightful she once was, but now no longer.
“Dawn arose like a spring crocus and she decided matters could only improve if only her feet were dainty. Seeking the advice of an aged, old, spotted owl, she wondered if her feet could be changed.
“The ancient bird asked, “Have you always hated your feet this way?”
“No,” she said, “I have always enjoyed my wonderfully webbed feet.”
“Then, ” asked the sage, “why do you dislike them so, now?”
“Because,” she replied, “my new shoes do not fit and they are so pretty. Could they be changed so I may wear them?”
“Yes.” Owl smiled.
Relieved to be in the company of one so wise, Duck had seen the failure of her ways. It was not her feet needing amendment, it was her perception.
Duck’s Lovely Webbed Feet
Today is Emma’s birthday. She turns 12. Happy Birthday to my beautiful girl!!
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I asked Emma what she wanted to give to her grandma for Christmas this year. Emma wrote, “I will give to Granma a story about dogs who go to work instead of playing.”
Here is her story, reprinted here with both Emma’s and her granma’s permission.
A Folk Story For Granma ~ By Emma
“Once there were many dogs who went to work. They worked part of the year in the fields, yet their masters wished they would work all the time. So one day they organized a strike and their owners got very angry. They told their owners they would not involve them in their decisions about how they spend their time. Their owners said they had to work or they would not be fed.
“One day everyone went to work. Sounds were too loud. Every dog began to whimper. The noise was so dreadful, the owners told their dogs to take the day off. Noise is everyone’s enemy, but it is everyone’s friend too.
“Today, dogs do not have to work in fields. They are free to play.
Emma chose this image to accompany her story.
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