PRINCESS EMBER AND THE SEED
Ember was a little rushed, it was nearing the time Mother had requested her presence at the clearing, and she did not want to be late. After all its not often a child is called by Mother to the clearing, and Ember was very excited indeed.
All Mother had told Ember was that she had something very special happening today and she wanted her to see it. Mother smiled as she saw the child coming into the clearing, out of breath, face a little flushed. It was quite exciting to be here with Mother, an extra special treat, and Ember was full of curiosity.
"Did I make it on time?" Ember asked.
"Yes child, you are right on time." Seeing the wonder in the child's eyes, her little flushed face, Mother again had to smile.
"Now I must remind you child, not all life are allowed to witness this," She took the little princess by the hand and started walking to find a comfortable spot, "so I must insist that you stay quietly hidden here until I come for you, this is very important " she said.
"Ok Mother, I will." Mother made sure the child was well hidden, yet had full view of what was about to take place, for she wanted Ember to enjoy this gift.
" It's time Ember, stay here and watch, I will return for you in a moment." Then Mother returned to the clearing.
"Ok" Ember whispered, trying hard to do what Mother asked of her.
Then it happened. The moment was brief, and, for a second Ember thought she had missed it, but deep inside she knew, this would be a moment she would never forget. It was a very touching scene, Father came to Mother, touching her with His light, holding her for a moment that was brighter than the sun, and then He was gone.
Ember noticed that Mother was almost glowing. She was smiling and speaking now with what Father had given her. Ember wondered what it was, such a small thing, yet so important.
And then she understood, it was life its self...
...And Father gave Mother a seed.
As she lovingly cupped it in her hand, the seed looked at Mother and asked, "Is He my Father?"
"Yes, little one, he is," Mother said as she walked away from Father.
Trying to see Father one more time, the tiny seed said, "Can't I stay with him?"
"No little one, it's time for you to be with me now."
"Will I be like Him?"
"That, little one, is up to you."
"I do want to, he's so big and strong."
"You can be too," she said. "In fact, you can be anything you want to be."
"Do you know what I'll be?" Asked the seed shyly.
"No little one, we'll just have to see how you grow."
"Well, will I be pretty?"
"You will always be beautiful to me."
The tiny seed asked question after question, trying hard to get an idea of its future, but Mother was very vague, not really answering with any information at all.
"Ok then, can you tell me what color I'll be?"
Mother thought that was a very clever question, but still her answer was not what the little one expected. "Well, you'll be green, of course."
Excitedly the seed said, "I know...I know what I'm going to be!!!!"
"And what is that, little one?"
"A tree, I'm going to be a tree...right?"
"If that's what you strive to be, then that's what you'll be," Mother said, gathering some water, looking for a warm place and then preparing the bed.
"When I wake up, will you be here?"
"I will never leave you, little one."
"Will I be asleep for long?"
"You will wake up with the sun." Mother said, adding, "I'm your Mother, dear little one, and the Earth is my womb. I'm placing you here so you'll be warm and I'm giving you lots of room. I do not know, as you grow, if you'll be flower or weed - all the growing is up to you. I'm just planting the seed." and placed the little seed in the bed she had made for it.
Mother walked over to the spot where Ember was. So touched by all she saw, the child let her emotions flow freely. Mother allowed the little princess to see the most wondrous of all the things...the birth of life, and Ember knew she had the best gift of all...she was touched by Mother Nature.