Even though all seasons have own charms, autumn has always been my favorite season. Leaves changes colors. Different shades of green, red, yellow add beauty to park and jungle. It’s the time most of the trees burst with its last beauty as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale. I love to watch rainbow of leaves. By the end of the autumn, all the leaves dry out and fall. In coming spring new leaves emerges and the cycle goes on. This season reminds me a story called “The Wouldn’t Leaf” that I heard on my mom’s phone which goes like this.
Once upon a time, there was a leaf. She lived with her mother who was a tree and had company from the billions of brothers and sisters she had. The little leaf loved dancing with the wind and she always made up funny jokes. She was really comfortable and clings with her mom and didn’t like change. That’s why she was called “the Wouldn’t Leaf.” One day, a big gust of wind blew most of her brothers away. ”Come back” shouted the leaf, but it was no use. The leaves were gone. Summer turned to spring; spring turned to fall and again, the wind blew hardly. Every day more and more leaves fell. “The wouldn’t leaf” grew sadder and sadder. In the end, “The Wouldn’t leaf” was the only leaf left on the tree.
The leaf struggled to hold on to her mother, and the wind grew even fiercer. One day it suddenly seemed peaceful. She took a big breath to smell the air and of course her eyes were closed, but then the wind came back. It pushed the leaf off the branch. And when she opened her eyes, she was high above the ground. The leaf screamed at the top of her lungs. “Aaahh…..” she said. “Help me mom!” “You are going to be fine,” said the maple tree and off went the leaf flying high into the air. The leaf went on a long journey through the sky. When she landed, she was so relieved that she kissed the ground. Suddenly, a huge quail came to the leaf and said, “Hey you know that’s my lunch that you’re hiding!” the leaf was shocked. “I am not hiding anything!” she cried. Then, a small caterpillar came out from underneath the leaf. “She can swallow you whole!” the caterpillar said. At this the quail got so angry that he started to fly towards the leaf. But the wind from the flapping of his wings just made the leaf fly farther and farther away.
Soon, they were so far that she could only see the quail as a tiny speck in the sky. The next day, the leaf had to go on a long journey to her home, but she couldn’t walk, so the caterpillar had to carry her. On the way, the caterpillar said “oh leaf, I haven’t been able to see the sightseeing since I need to carry you. Would you please describe how things look?” “Ok but I’m not good at describing things.” Replied the leaf. “Oh goody! Describe the clouds first!” said the caterpillar. “Well….” The leaf started. “They are fluffy.” The caterpillar said “oh come on! Is that all you’ve got?” The leaf tried again. “The clouds are fluffy as cotton candy.” “Now you’re starting to get it!” said the caterpillar with excitement. “Now describe the light of the sunshine!” the leaf said “The sunshine is like honey! Not liquid, but gas. And you can only taste the honey with your eyes!” “Thank you, leaf for describing things. I appreciate it. I am so happy that you are my friend.” A strange feeling came into the caterpillar’s heart and gave him warmth. Not only to the caterpillar’s heart, had warmth grown in the leaf’s heart too.
I liked this story and I hope you like it too!
When I was in pre-k, I always wanted to be a princess because then I would have three hundred dresses, twenty-four pairs of shoes, ninety tiaras, and I would live in a big, beautiful castle. I used to read fairytale and pretend to be a princess. Also, I loved to watch the Disney princesses on television. One time I went to the fair with dad and he bought a princess book where you can change the name of the princess to your name. It was my favorite book and I used to read it three or four times a day. That made me feel that I was a real princess.
When I was in first grade dad bought me a book titled “How Things Work”. I didn’t like the book at first. I didn’t even want to go through it for two or three months. One fine Saturday morning we sat with our favorite books on the balcony, which is our usual family time on weekends. We love sharing our books to each other when there comes a nice part. All of a sudden, dad read a sentence - “Did you know that the earth is round?” that dragged my attention! The next day I started to go through the book and the deeper I got, the more interesting facts I found. It had so many interesting stuff like how kites fly and how solar system work. I got fascinated with science and contraptions. I like putting things into systems, I like organizing and categorizing and I like conducting experiments. I realized that science can be used to solve every day problems. When I grow up, I want to be a scientist not only because I love science, but also because I love solving problems. It is also because I want to reduce environment pollution. Imagine how fun it would be to help endangered animals! Also, you get to explore new things! I hope I get to be a scientist. Or my passion might change when I grow up. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Whenever I go to throw trash, most of the time I see an overflowing garbage can. Home, school,library parks…everywhere. Is it because of trash company not picking it up or people throwing more and more trash in the bins? Can the dumpster hold more garbage? I did one simple experiment. I collected empty plastic water bottles for a month and put them in a box in their original form. The box held sixty eight bottles. Then I smashed the bottles. The same box hold one hundred and thirty plastic bottles. From this experiment, it could be concluded that if we squeeze plastic bottles, the dumpster can hold more than twice the volume of trash. Even though it is very simple job, it can be a great contribution to prevent environment pollution. So, please take just a second from your busy schedule and smash the empty plastic bottles before throwing into the trash! Just an idea! What do you think?
Having a lot of questions in my little head, We finally moved to a small town in Northern California. “Do they have a big library? How far is the school from our house? Will I have my own room? What color is my room going to be? How big is my room?” These questions were floating all the time in my mind.
On the second day of moving, mama said, “Let’s explore the new town!” So I thought to go to the library. We searched the address in Google and wrote it down on a paper. Soon, we were ready to go. I navigated the way, and did my job so perfect that mama said, ” I didn’t know you are such a great navigator!” I was so happy. Finally, we got to the library!
It was a big brick building and in big bold letters it said: PUBLIC LIBRARY. There were people at stands selling foods. The interesting fact was that unlike other stalls there were children selling foods. I found that so cool! After looking around in the Farmer’s Market, we went inside the library. Oh.. My.. Gosh! Nice quilt paintings were dotted all over the room. Everywhere there were books, books, and more books. It was a wonderful sight. While Mama was signing up for new library card, Saanvi and I looked in the Children’s Room.
It had a water tank with lots of fishes in it. The whole wall was covered with paper ice-creams taped on it. On the bottom there was name of children. There were scoops with book names on top of another…another…another… and another. This was a part of summer reading program. I enrolled in the program. I took a paper wrote my name in a paper cone and stuck in the wall. When I read a book I write the title on the ice cream scoop. If I get really tall ice cream scoop, I will be invited to the ice cream party at the end of the program. Just in a few days , My ice cream cone was so tall, it almost reached to the ceiling! The librarian was so impressed, she took a picture of me with it.
There are other programs too. For example ; Read with Dog, family story time etc. Every Wednesday, a nice dog comes to the library and some stories are read by the librarian. Last week a dog named McClaude was brought. I even got chance to taste sea weed in food stall. It was very salty and strange! new library in this new town is interesting. I am enjoying it!
While I was in Kindergarten, We were writing a lot of books in writing workshop. Here is my first book. I still miss that class of Miss Ashton!
(Update: July 30. One month and 10 days now. I moved the plant to a bigger pot, added some more soil. Two of the oldest leaves became yellowish and fell. There are three new leaves now! It is four inches tall and doing well even though it is yellowish because we moved the plant, and probably the root is not stuck nicely in the new soil. The other new seed I kept with me has sprouted but died because I put out in the sun and it was too hot for the plant! The other one I gave to my friend .. I do not know yet. I will ask him about it and update again.)
Age- 5000 years, Diameter- 21 feet, Height- 275 feet. Can a tree be that old, big and tall? I could not believe it even though I saw a picture- man standing by a giant tree in a book . He looked like a tiny ant in front of the tree. I became curios. When I asked about this picture to my parents, they decided to go to see the worlds biggest trees in redwood forest of Northern California. After driving about three hours we saw a lot of big trees that I had never seen before. they had names like “Grandfather tree,” “Giants.” The name itself told half of the story. Tall, dense standing trees were blocking the sunlight. It felt like evening although it was noon and bright sun was still shining and no clouds in the sky. It reminded me scene of the movie Alice in Wonderland. Our car even passed through a tree called “Drive Through Tree.” There were tree houses made out of individual trees. Inside part is hollowed out so people can go inside and even climb upstairs. It could hold five people easily . They were really BIG! I am surprised to know that all these big trees are grown from a tiny seed.
In between, our local library has started gardening program for children. This program teaches about soils, seeds, bugs, and more. They talk about organic , non organic, fertilizers, weed, etc. They even put six big metal planters right in front of the children section of the library. It is exciting to see the plants of tomato, pumpkin, basil growing when I go to the library. It feels like going to a garden. The other day the volunteers distributed seeds and gave some instructions:
1. Plant the seed about an inch under the soil
2. Keep the pot in a sunny place
3. Water it every day
I planted it on June twenty and kept a daily observation log. I wanted to know how plants grow. It has been thirteen days now, and it has two cute tiny green leaves! It took almost twelve days to sprout. I wonder how many days it will take to sprout redwood tree seed. I will be updating further growth of the seed in my future posts. I still do not know whether it is flower or vegetable.
(P.S. I had got some more seeds on June twenty five as I completed summer reading program. I planted them in two different pots. One I gave to my friend and one is with me. Still not sprouted. Will write about it too in next post.)
It was about nine in the morning, I was still sleeping. ” Wake up Nanu, look who is here!” I opened my eyes responding mama’s call and surprised to see Aryan right in front of me. I hurried to bathroom. I brushed my teeth and washed my face. After getting into my day clothes, I played some computer games with him. When We done, we watched a Pokemon movie. “Let’s go to the movie!”- suddenly papa said. I was so excited that I almost did my happy dance! We decided to watch the “Oz the great and the powerful in 3D.” It cost a lot of money, but we really wanted to see it. We packed some snacks and then got in the car. It was a long trip and I almost fell asleep. But thanks to the Saanvi’s funny singing I was awake.Finally getting to the movie theater, we gave the gatekeeper lady our tickets and in exchange she gave us 3D glasses. Aryan and I got the blue ones while Mama and Papa got black ones. We bought popcorn and two Icees before going to the hall. We picked the seat all the way in the back so that Saanvi does not disturb the other audience. Just in case!
First the movie was black and white so I thought “is this a new movie or an old one?” But it then changed to color so I felt, “Of course, it’s a new movie. Why anyone be watching an old movie in a new theatre!” One time I had to go to the bathroom, but I did not want to miss the movie, I stayed in my seat. But then the idea of my lower tummy about to break made me so scared that I rushed to the restroom with Dad. The movie was really good. I liked when the Oz did fireworks to scare away the evil Witch. It was so funny. Mama’s favorite part was when Oz feared drowning while he landed in water (which was pretty shallow). Dad loved the hurricane part. It was so intense and scary. Everything was flying including Oz in a balloon, I enjoyed so much.
After movie, we went to a Nepalese restaurant. We ate Samosa, Dumplings, chicken, rice and Roti. I was so tired when we finally dropped Aryan at his house and went back to our place. Anyway, it was a good day!