Wednesday, May 26, 2021

A story about a Green Boy who saw beauty in everything

The Green Boy was on his way to the school, where he would learn about the important things in life. Along the way, he had to go through the forest. Green Boy was a happy child and eager to learn, so he set out on the journey with a keen sense of adventure. 

The evening on the first day of his journey, as he walked in the forest, he came upon a tree full of fruits. Green Boy looked up, hungry after an afternoon full of walking. And in the tree, he found many juicy fruits. Green Boy eagerly climbed up and ate a few of them. 

As he was munching on one of the fruits, up higher in the tree, what did he see? 

A shiny juicy fruit nestled amidst the leaves, all the way on the top of the tree. Shinier than any other, and bigger also. Green Boy was intrigued. He climbed up to get to that fruit and as he reached the top, he realized that it was actually the moon! 

"Oh, such a wonderful thing!", Green Boy exclaimed "It would have been such a juicy shiny fruit!"

Hearing this exclamation, Mr. Merry Moon was amazed. 

He said to Green Boy, "Wow! Green Boy, you are the only one who looks at me and sees a shiny juicy fruit, everyone else thinks I am stinky old piece of cheese." Green Boy smiled sheepishly. 

"Thanks to you, Green Boy, I feel happier today. You are a good friend", said Mr. Moon. Green Boy tipped his hat and went on walking. 

It was dark by now and the forest was very silent, except for the rustling of the leaves. As Green Boy was turning into a path, what did he see in the bushes ahead of him? A pair of angry yellow eyes, shining from amidst the bushes. 

Then came a growl and a roar and out came a large Grey Devil with its fangs! Grey Devil started chasing Green Boy, who ran for his life. 

Grey Devil shouted behind him, "Stop you small little inconsequential little fellow. Ha.. ha.. you cannot run away. I am going to trouble you!" 

Around the trees, amidst the bushes, on top of the stony path, the Grey Devil chased poor Green Boy. But Green Boy kept running. It was almost dawn by the time Green Boy managed to escape the Grey Devil. 

Green Boy was tired. He had been running. He was tired, thirsty, and hungry. He came upon a green lake, filled with glassy green water and lots of leaves and plants floating on it. 

His face lit up with a smile and he sat on the bank and started drinking water from the lake. 

But soon, he heard a loud croaking noise. "Ribbittt. Ribbittt. Ribbittttttt". 

Two eyes popped up from below the water. Green Boy was nervous and about to run away, when he heard a voice call out. 

"Who drinks the water from my lake without my permission?", Mr. Warty Frog said.

Green Boy was relieved it was not the Grey Devil. 

He said, "Oh hello Mr. Frog. Sorry, I did not ask you permission. I am Green Boy. I was thirsty and this water looked so nice and refreshing. It was also the same colour as me. So, I took a sip" 

Mr. Frog looked surprised. 

He said, "Oh, what a wonderful thing to hear. Everyone else thinks this is a dirty swamp with stale icky water. You, Green Boy are the only person to think that this water looked nice and refreshing!" 

Green Boy smiled sheepishly. Mr. Frog said, "You are surely a friend, Green Boy". Mr.Frog continued,  "Come, let me take you to my home under the water and give you some breakfast". 

So Mr. Frog took Green Boy into his lake and to his underwater home. There, Mr. Frog introduced him to Mrs. Frog and their two hundred children, all called Tadpola or Tadpolee.  They all sat down and had a scrumptious breakfast. 

After breakfast and after resting for some time, Green Boy bid farewell to Mr. Frog and his family and off he went. Along the way, in the forest in the late morning, he observed the beautiful things with happy eager eyes. 

He was wandering through the green forest lost in its beauty. So lost was he that when he turned a corner he missed the large spider web and landed smack in the middle of the web. 

Madam Itsy Bitsy Spider sat watching as Green Boy tried to jiggle away trying to free himself. But as she approached him, to see what to do with him, she was pleasantly surprised. Instead of being scared, Green Boy was actually in awe of the web. 

He was saying, "Wow, look at this. Such a beautiful silver design, it catches the light so amazingly. Look at the intricate patterns and designs. Surely, whoever wove this web must be an artist" 

As he gushed over its beauty, Madam Spider felt amazing about the web she had woven. 

She went up to Green Boy and said to him, "Green Boy, you are amazing. Everyone else just gets scared when they get caught in my web. But you, you called me an artist. Made me appreciate my own creation!". 

Green Boy looked sheepishly and smiled. 

"Come, let me show you how to free yourself." Madam Spider said as she showed him the way to free himself from the enormous web. 

Green Boy thanked Madam Spider and went on his way. 

Along the way, he came across a giant anthill, built like a large castle rising from the ground. All around the anthill were busy ants marching in and out, carrying their food and other necessities. It was really a hive of activity, and there were so many things going on everywhere that it seemed like complete chaos.

Green Boy stood there looking absolutely amazed at this sight. His eyes were big as an owl's and he was genuinely amazed. 

He exclaimed, "Wow. Such an amazing display. So organized these ants are. And so hardworking. Look how wonderfully they are going about their work!". 

Hearing this, General Order Anticus the Third, or GOAT as he was known amongst his friends, stopped directing his battalion of soldier ants and looked incredulously towards Green Boy. He was so happy that a big tear drop formed in his ant eyes. 

He came running towards Green Boy and kissed his hand and said, 

"Green Boy, you are so kind. Everyone else thinks we are pesky pests and calls us busy bodies who are running around all over the forest floor." 

He said, wiping away the tears of joy, "You, Green Boy are the only one who has said we are something good! You must surely be a friend." 

Green Boy blushed again. 

General Anticus said, "Come, I must take you to meet our Queen. She will be very happy to see you". 

And off they went into the ant hill. In there, General Anticus introduced Green Boy to the royal family and they all had tea with the Queen. It was a very fancy affair with many amazing intricate pieces of cutlery and grand paintings on the walls. Green Boy really enjoyed himself. 

After Tea, Green Boy, bid farewell to the Queen and to General Anticus and his ant friends and headed onwards on his journey. 

It was late evening again, and Green Boy was nervous about having to encounter the Grey Devil again. But, he wanted to make his way forward, so on he went. 

As he was walking, he came across a quiet part of the forest. There were more hills and stones than trees, and the trees that were there did not have many leaves. He came upon one such barren tree, old and majestic, but without many leaves and pockmarked with age. But it was tall and sturdy. 

Green Boy looked up in awe and even though it did not give any shade or a cool breeze, he was amazed by its tallness and strength. 

He said, "What an amazing tree. And how many years it must have seen and how many people it must have provided shade and a cool breeze too!" 

From way above the tree, from an eyrie up in the high branches of the tree, came a high-pitched whistle. A happy high-pitched whistle. 

It was Grandma Glory Eagle. Down she came from her eyrie to meet Green Boy. 

She took him under her wing and said, "Hello there Green Boy. Welcome to my home. Thanks for calling my home tree amazing. It is an amazing tree. My eyrie up there has been on this tree for so long. Nowadays, people just want to cut down this old tree, but you called it amazing and recognized its long strong history" 

Green Boy felt happy listening to Grandma Eagle. He smiled sheepishly. 

Grandma Eagle then took him up to her eyrie and she gave him cookies and an assortment of snacks to eat. They talked all about Green Boy's adventures and all the new friends he had made. 

Then, when it was time to leave, and Green Boy was about to get down from the tree, he heard loud rustling from below the tree. There below the tree stood the sneaky, Grey Devil, looking up with its sharp teeth. It was looking up right at Green Boy. 

Grey Devil was prowling, waiting for Green Boy to make his way down. 

"It's trouble time for you Green Boy!" sneered Grey Devil, "I have got you now!". 

Green Boy was worried. He asked for Grandma Eagle's advice on what to do. She suggested that he call all his friends and make a plan. So, Green Boy used Grandma Eagle's phone and called all his friends.

He called Mr. Merry Moon, Mr. Warty Frog, Madam Itsy Bitsy Spider, and General Order Anticus the Third. On a conference call, they all heard Green Boy's predicament, and together with Grandma Glory Eagle, they hatched a plan to put an end to the trouble Grey Devil was planning for Green Boy. 

And what a lovely plan it was! 

 Soon, it was night, and Grey Devil was getting agitated. He was taunting Green Boy to come down.

The friends started putting their plans into action. 

First, Mr. Moon turned off the lights completely. 

It was pitch dark black and Grey Devil had trouble seeing himself, let alone the surroundings. He got nervous. What was happening? 

Then, Mr. Frog started making loud and fierce croaking noises. 

"RIBBITTTT, RIBBITTTT, RIBBBBBBIIIIITTTTTT", Mr. Frog croaked. 

It was so loud and eerie in the darkness, that Grey Devil strated shivering. 

Then Madam Spider, threw a huge web onto Grey Devil and trapped him where he stood. He could move just a bit, but could not get himself loose. 

He was really nervous now. He was in the dark, hearing scary sounds and now he was trapped. He began sweating and shivering. 

But the friends were not done. General Anticus had come with his battalion of soldier ants and they charged Grey Devil and started biting his legs. 

"Awww, Awww, Awww", Grey Devil screamed as the stings of the soldier ant's bites ran up his legs. He was in trouble and he knew it. 

Then Grandma Eagle swooshed down from high above with her powerful wings and sharp talons making a screeching sound. 

Grey Devil could not see, but he knew that something big was rushing fast towards him. Left completely in the dark, with scary sounds, combined with feeling trapped from the web, stinging bites on his legs, and the screeching approaching monster from above, he finally had it. He started wailing.

He was so afraid by now, that when Green Boy said, "Hey, Grey Devil, will you trouble me again? Do you see what I can do?", Grey Devil immediately begged him to let him go. 

Grey Devil said, "Oh, Green Boy, I am sorry to even think of troubling you. I saw you were small and inconsequential, so I thought of troubling you. But, you are so much more powerful and magnificent."

He shivered and continued, "I will leave you alone, and from now on, I won't trouble anyone because they are small or inconsequential. Please let me go." 

Hearing his honest plea, the friends decided to end his misery. 

Grandma Eagle went back to her eyrie. General Anticus asked his soldiers to stand down. Madam Spider withdrew her web and Mr. Frog stopped making the horrible croaking noise. And finally, when Mr. Moon turned on the lights, Grey Devil ran away so fast it was a funny sight to see. 

All the friends had a hearty laugh. They all joined Green Boy in Grandma Eagle's eyrie and they had fun discussing the events of the evening. They told jokes about how they met Green Boy, and also about Grey Devil. 

Grandma Eagle kept them supplied with cookies, cakes, and tasty juices. What a wonderful evening it was. 

The next morning, Green Boy bid farewell to his friends. He had to head over to his school. He was eager to learn about the important things in life. 

Grandma Eagle offered to show him the way so that he could reach there faster. So she flew above and Green Boy followed her down on the forest floor, observing the many things around him. 

Soon, they reached the school and Green Boy said thanks to Grandma Eagle and bid her farewell. He had arrived at his school and was eager to go and learn new things. 

It was a bright new morning. Green Boy felt happy in his heart. He had learned so much along the way, and he was eager to learn so much more!

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