Two seeds lay side by side in the fertile soil.
The first seed said:”I want to grow! I want to send my roots deep into the soil beneath me and thrust my sprouts through the earth’s crust above me. I want to unfurl my tender buds like banners to announce the arrival of spring. I want to feel the warmth of the sun on my face and the blessing of the morning dew on my petals!” And so she grew.
The second seed said:”I am afraid. If i send my roots into the ground below I don’t know what I will encounter in the dark. If i push up my way through the hard soil above me i may damage my delicate sprouts … What if i let my buds open and a snail tries to eat them? And if I were to open my blossoms, a small child may pull me from the ground. No, it is much better for me to wait until it is safe. And so she waited.
A yard hen scratching around in the early spring ground for food, found the waiting seed and promptly ate it.
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