Forest Stars by Maretha Botha – Part 2
Josh and Kate rush into the house to tell their grandmother all about their walk in the forest. Grandma Margie turns the gas to number one, gives their stir fry a final stir and turns to them with a big smile.
‘So, what can you two tell me about the fireflies? I’m sure it must have been a most entrancing sight!’
‘Grandma, it was magic! Everywhere we looked the glow-worms and fireflies were meeting one another. The forest had such a lovely soft glow,’ Kate explains while catching her breath. Before she has a chance to say more, Josh runs to his grandma and gives her a big hug. ‘I just had to bring you a small gift. Here is a glow worm in a bottle. How can it glow like this? I wish I was a scientist!’
‘Thank you dear. Let’s put off the lights and then we’ll be able to see just how incredibly bright the glow-worm’s light really is,’ Grandma says.
The children gasp, when the glow-worm’s light is even brighter than before.
‘That is why we should not have our garden LED lights on much before ten o’ clock at night, because unless these little creatures see their partners’ lights, they will be misled and die before they have a chance to meet, lay eggs and continue their next life-cycle,’ Grandpa George says, sounding serious. Yet, he has a grin on his face when he looks at Grandma Margie, giving her a wink.
‘Have you children ever heard “The Glow-worms’ Nursery Rhyme”?
‘No Grandpa, we haven’t. Please say it, please!’
Grandma just smiled, shaking her head.
‘I wish I was a glow worm,
‘A glow worm’s never glum.
‘Because how can you be grumpy . . .
‘When the sun shines out your bum!’
The children shriek with laughter and hug their grandparents. ‘You are the best! We love you!’
‘Come, our stir fry is ready, but before eat, let’s not forget to release our little lantern back in the garden. Look over there. I see more forest stars winking,’ Grandma says.
[i] The author is unknown
[ii] YouTube video produced by Kali Payne.
About Maretha Botha
African Adventure Books:
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