Millie loves to help in the garden. “Squish, squash,” Millie sang as she jumped up and down on the seeds she planted. She wore her favorite bright green boots.
Granddad said, “be kind to them Millie.”
“I am. See, first I dig a hole, then I cover them up with a blanket of soil. Then I make sure they are tucked in good and safe.”
Granddad said, “Jumping on them and shouting isn’t being gentle. If you are gentle surprising things can happen,” Granddad said. “Try it and see.”
Millie loves surprises. She decided to try being gentle to the animals around her. She sat on the grass whispering to Bob, (her dog) , Brandy (Granddad’s lazy cat) and a fat blackbird who sat on the fence.
Millie said, “Brandy I know you would love to catch the biggest mouse in the whole world.” He looked at her then went back to washing his paws.
“Mr. Blackbird, I know you will sing the best song ever.” The blackbird flew away.
“Bob you will learn to smile.” Millie said. “And I will plant my ideas in the garden to grow.”
Granddad looked at his garden. It was very neat, “but perhaps not in the vegetable beds.”
Millie went into the house to find ideas to plant.
She found a cupcake recipe. She folded it over and sprinkled it with sugar.
Outside in the garden she picked the sunniest spot in the flower bed. She dug a large hole. Millie pressed the folded recipe into the earth. On top of it she placed a red cherry. “I love cherries.”
In the house she found an old hat. “I love hats but you need a scarf,” she murmured carrying it outside. With a soft ‘plonk’ it went into the ground.
After their lunch of tomato soup and fruitcake Millie went to help Granddad with his digging.
By five o clock that evening she was tired. She sat on an old bucket and asked the blackbird. “Did you learn a sweet song?”
His answer was a sweet musical song. Millie smiled.
Granddad said, “I told you, being kind and gentle works.”
Millie went in search of Brandy. She discovered he had found and eaten her two chocolate mice. “Don’t be sick,” she warned him.
She went in search of Bob. She searched the whole house for him but could not find him.
“Millie, come and look at this.” Granddad shouted.
Down in Millie’s special flower bed she discovered a smiling Bob wearing a straw hat with a red scarf tied dangling from the brim. Bob was eating a large cherry cupcake. Granddad was sitting beside him on the grass minding four cherry cupcakes.
“Great work Millie. Try the hat on.”
She did. “You were right Granddad. Surprising things happen when you are gentle and kind.”
They sat wearing big smiles as they ate cherry cupcakes in the evening sun.