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Sitting in the Sunshine

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Sitting In The Sunshine

Sitting In The Sunshine

The sun was shining brightly. It was very pleasant looking. When that happens I try to sit for a while on our patio and absorb some of the warmth and beauty.

I sat in my favorite patio chair and just looked around. I did notice that on the ground near the pavers of the patio, there were a couple tulip bulbs just laying there. One was pretty good sized and laying next to a hole in the earth. The other one was a little bit puny.

I puzzled over them for a bit and decided that the bigger one must have gotten pulled out of the ground by a squirrel who decided it wouldn't be a very good dinner and left it laying there. I couldn't figure out where the smaller one came from.

The longer I looked at them the more it looked to me like the big one was weeping. When I leaned over to get a better look, I was sure I could hear a sobbing sound. I thought about that for a moment, then looked around to make sure no one could overhear me, and then said "What's the matter there, little buddy?"

I looked around to see who was talking. There wasn't anyone there. I thought about it for a moment and shrugged. If I'm crazy, I might was well enjoy it, I thought.

"Is your home that hole right there?" I asked.

"Yes" said the bulb.

"Yes" said the bulb.

"How'd you get out?" I asked.

"Well," said the bulb, "It's embarrassing but when I was first laying here, I thought that little guy did it and cussed him pretty good. But, then I realized he doesn't have any mouth or teeth, so he couldn't have done it. So, I don't know. I have a memory of some great big animal pushing me around as I lay here but that's all I remember until I saw you."

"Well, shoot", I said. "I can take care of that." And I picked up the bulb and placed it in the hole and gently packed some dirt around it and over it. Then I sat back, satisfied with my handiwork.

The little bulb just lay there. I might as well try, I thought. So, I said to what seemed like nothing but thin air "What about you, little guy. I don't see any other holes?"

There was silence for a while and I had given up when a little quavering voice said "I need a drink."

When it calmed down some, it said "Some animal found me way, far away. It picked me up in his jaws and ran for a long time till it got here. I guess it decided it didn't want me because it just dropped me and went hopping off."

"And I'm lonely and scared and want to be in a safe place"

When it calmed down some, it said "Some animal found me way, far away. It picked me up in his jaws and hopped for a long time till it got here. I guess it decided it didn't want me because it just dropped me and went hopping off."

"And I'm lonely and scared and want to be in a safe place"

I gotta admit what was going on was sort of startling, but I plowed ahead. "Well," I said. "I can put you in the ground right next to the big guy. Maybe the two of you can sort of protect one another."

Even to me that sounded foolish. A tulip protecting a tulip.

Using my finger I poked a hole in the loose earth and dropped the little guy in it. I tucked dirt around him and over him. I brushed off my hands and sat back in my chair.

gotta admit what was going on was sort of startling, but I plowed ahead. "Well," I said. "I can put you in the ground right next to the big guy. Maybe the two of you can sort of protect one another."

Even to me that sounded foolish. A tulip protecting a tulip.

Using my finger I poked a hole in the loose earth and dropped the little guy in it. I tucked dirt around him and over him. I brushed off my hands and sat back in my chair.


I'm not sure which mound of dirt it came from - maybe both - but I'm sure I heard a small voice say "Thank you."

Comments

Don Rust on May 21, 2020:

Thank you for posting.

Don

Liz Westwood from UK on May 20, 2020:

This is a lovely short story. A great distraction from pandemic news.