Sunday, June 2, 2013

Cassie Climbs A Tree

A big old oak tree stood in the backyard of the house where the Warner family lived. From the time she was just a tiny  little thing, Cassie loved that tree. When she was a baby, she would lie on a blanket under the tree and look up at it. "Do you  like the pretty tree?" Mommy would ask with a smile as Cassie continued staring at it.

As Cassie got older, she thought of it as her tree. When she was three or four, she ran around the tree waving her arms in the air and  shouting, "Twee! Twee!" She pointed up as if she wanted to go up in the tree.

"Maybe, when you get a little older, you can climb the tree." said Mommy. "You are too little now."
Cassie burst into tears. She hated to be too little for anything. She really wanted to go up in her tree.

When she got older, she tried climbing up the tree, but it hurt her fingers trying to hold onto the bark and she kept sliding down and scrapping herself. She tried jumping up to the lowest branch, but she just couldn't get high enough to reach it.

"Maybe - " said Mommy but before she could get another word out Cassie interrupted her.

"Maybe, when I get a little older. I know! I know! I'm so sick of that! I want to be older now! I want to climb my tree now!"

A few weeks later, Grandma came to visit. "My you've gotten taller." Grandma said to Cassie kissing her on the check.

Could it really be true? Could she finally have gotten taller? She ran to the full length mirror in her Mom's room to check it out. She really did look taller.! She smiled at her reflection. Maybe, she would be able to climb her tree now. She couldn't wait to go outside and try.

Cassie ran outside to her tree. She reached up to the tree, but she still couldn't reach the lowest branch. She stood on her tiptoes and stretched her arms out as long as she could and even then she couldn't reach it. She jumped and reached for the branch and just missed it. She jumped again and this time she made it. She grabbed onto the branch with one hand. Then, she grabbed on with the other. She just hung there for a minute.Then, with her legs she hoisted herself up into the tree. She climbed up to a higher branch and  looked down. The ground looked so pretty from way up here. It sure looked a long way down though.  "Mommy! Mommy!" she called in a mixture of excitement and fright.

A few minutes later, Mommy still hadn't come out of the house. "Mommy! Mommy!" called Cassie a little bit louder. Mommy came out of the house. "Whatever is the matter?" she asked without even looking up in the tree. "Grandma and I were making lunch." She looked around but did not see Cassie.

"Mommy, mommy I am up here." said Cassie. "I climbed my tree. I'm finally big enough." she said proudly.

"Oh that's great honey."  said Mommy finally looking up and seeing Cassie in the tree. "I'm happy for you. You have been waiting to climb that tree for a long time.  Now, why don't you come down and get washed, and we'll have lunch. " she added. She turned around and headed back in the house.

"Mommy! Mommy!" called Cassie. "Mommmy, come back!"

Mommy had just reached the door of the house when she turned around. "What's the matter?" she asked.

"Mommy," said Cassie. "Can you please get me out of this tree?"

Mommy laughed. "I'll go get Daddy." she said.

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