Grass, a Children’s Story

 In celebration of spring, I dug into my archives and pulled out this story that I think would be a cute children’s book. If grass could talk, what would it say?

Blade of grassGrass by Andrew Toy

I am a blade of grass.

You might not think that’s such a big deal, but I have a very important job to do. My job is to be a soft place for you to run on.

Being a blade of grass has its ups and downs.

One of the drawbacks is that it’s hard to stand out from the rest of the grass. After all, we all look the same, don’t we?

In the springtime I enjoy watching the neighborhood kids play baseball across the park.baseball

Just one thing, though: If you happen to be one of those kids, please make sure you catch the fly balls, because it hurts to be hit by a baseball.

(But I guess that’s better than when the kids play soccer. A blade of grass can’t really jump away from a rolling ball.)

Lawn mowers don’t scare me as much as you would think. Really, they’re just loud. And I can stand to get trimmed every now and then.

In the summer it’s nice having the sprinklers cool me off from the hot sun. Sometimes the grass around me doesn’t get any water, so they turn yellow from being too hot.

Picnic_EatingOnce, I woke up from a nap in the middle of the day, and everything was dark.

The whole time I could smell fruits and deli meats and fresh baked cookies! (We grass blades have a very good sense of smell.)

When I could finally see again, birds swept down from the sky and stole food crumbs from all around us.

I wonder where all that food came from.

I’ll tell you a secret. As a grass blade, I don’t like dogs.

Dogs leave such big messes! So please, the next time you bring your dog outside on the grass, bring a baggie. I would be grateful.

You know what makes me sad? Sometimes, when it’s bright and sunny outside, no one comes out to play. I’ve been told that that’s because all the kids are inside their houses watching TV or playing video games.

Things could get pretty lonely for a blade of grass.

In the fall it rains a lot so I can understand why no one comes outside to play. But just puddlesremember us blades of grass as we’re trying not to drown in the puddles.

And if you do happen to come out in the rain, don’t step on all the worms. Even though they look like ugly giant monsters, they really are quite kind and help us grow.

fall_leavesAnd make sure to help your parents rake up the leaves, so we too can see the rest of the leaves change colors. (No one wants to be buried under a leaf all day.)

But when the rain and the leaves stop falling from the sky, the air gets colder and every night I get frozen. I’m not as soft as I was in the summer. Now I make sort of a crunch sound when I’m stepped on. No one enjoys playing on something that’s cold and crunchy.

The park is empty for months on end, and even though I’m surrounded by other grass frozenblades, they’re frozen just like I am. So it’s extra quiet outside in the park. Even when the frost turns to snow we all just keep to ourselves and try to get warm.

When I sleep during those cold winter nights, I dream of sunny days and children playing in the park. And when it’s still and quiet all around me during the day, I even long to hear a dog bark. But all I can hear is the soft wind stirring in the snow above me.

But soon, the snow begins to melt away. The sun shines and I can see fellow grass blades standing up from the snow one by one. Suddenly, standing out from the others doesn’t seem so important, and I’m glad we all made it through the winter together.

plant_snowBut when the sun shines its brightest and I stretch my tallest, an ant just might pick me, of all the other blades of grass, to climb up and see the waking world.

And maybe I’ll see you coming out of your house to play.

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32 Responses to Grass, a Children’s Story

  1. I love this, and there’s definitely a lesson to be learned here. If only we all acted like blades of grass and were simply grateful for the days we are given, no matter the season.

  2. Victoria says:

    What a fabulous blog you have! I must follow -:)

  3. Vince says:

    It’s been such a long cold winter. I miss the grass.

  4. Morgan says:

    Marvelous, Thought-Provoking post :)

  5. SouthernWild says:

    Awesome story, I agree this is one for the children’s book!

  6. lyrictaylor says:

    I enjoyed reading this story! Very creative and deep!

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  8. Andy Oldham says:

    I really enjoyed this!

  9. I love your approach to show that ordinary thing (grass) is something more than it seems :)

  10. anabea1 says:

    I am so glad I have been following you!!! My students would have LOVED this read! I was a very creative and quirky teacher so we would have turned this book into tons of crazy projects but it would have been so much fun! Our imaginations would have been so busy…Thank you for sharing! Sorry for all of the exclamation points… :-) Stay blessed!

  11. This is a sweet story. I can see it being animated.

  12. Scrumptious! Definitely would make a delightful children’s book, maybe if you got some illustrations in there too??

  13. Lovely story and unusual idea to focus on grass but it’s great I don’t think I shall feel the deme anymore when I go out to our local common x

  14. mommalisaof2 says:

    So cute! I have two boys and I bet they would have enjoyed this when they were little. I’m going to share this with my friend and her little boy. Thank you for sharing!

  15. Desiree B says:

    What an adorable story! I agree that it would make a great childrens book.

  16. Reblogged this on Forget the Viagra, Pass Me a Carrot and commented:
    Not just for children as thoroughly enjoyed this story by Andrew Toy – with a new baby girl in the house, I am sure there will be many more stories to come. None of us will look at grass in quite the same way.

  17. Morguie says:

    Wow, I never put myself in the grass’s “shoes” before..lmao! Cute.

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