Wilt Thou Grow
One verily, verily, lovely, afternoon. A peculiar lady, named Ms. Dorcas, arrived to babysit her two nieces. Ms. Dorcas’s was so happy her sister and brother in law had an event to attend, she couldn’t wait to see her 3 and 5 year old nieces.
“Girls, Auntie Dorcas is here” said Mrs. Gardner as she opened the door.
“Princess Genevieve, Princess Kate, where are you,” asked Aunt Dorcas, as she searched around the house.
Auntie Dorcas giggled and walked over to two lumps under a cover on the floor and tugged the covers back, “Oh look what I found, I see you!” The girls started giggling as their parents walked up.
“Come here girls, give me hugs,” said, Mr. Gardner. “Your Mother and I are going out for a few hours, be good and enjoy your time with Aunt Dorcas.” Genevieve and Kate hugged their parents’ goodbye, ran towards their toy box and grabbed two squirt guns.
“Auntie Dorcas, can we go outside and play, asked Genevieve?” Auntie Dorcas grabbed for a yellow bucket and said, “Sure, come on Miss Kate, and walked the girls to the backyard and began filling the bucket with water so the girls could fill their water guns.
“UH OH, said Aunt Dorcas!” “I smell smoke! Hurry Genevieve and Kate! Sound your alarms, you need to go put the fire out!” Genevieve and Kate cried out as they dashed across the yard, squirting their water guns, “Hold on screamed Kate!” Genevieve started laughing, “Help is on the way!”
Once the side of the house was drenched and Kate finished saving Molly the Dolly, the girls ran back towards Aunt Dorcas. “Auntie! Shouted Genevieve, “We put the fire out and saved the day!”
“I’m proud of both of you! Come over here and refill your water guns again. I need you to come help me over here please and save these flowers,” said Aunt Dorcas.” Aunt Dorcas was standing in front of three mint green pots, each had wilting flowers inside of them. “We forgot to help mommy water them,” said Genevieve as she and Kate began squirting the dried soil with their water guns. “They look really thirsty,” said Aunt Dorcas as she peered down at one of the wilted flowers and said, “Beautiful flower, pretty, kind, radiant, love, lovely flower, I love you flower.” Kate started to giggle, “Auntie Dorcas you’re so silly! Why are you talking to the flower, Kate asked?” Genevieve leaned in close shoulder to shoulder with her Aunt and Kate, “Yeah Auntie, why are you doing that?”
“Plants and flowers are alive and when you say kind and loving words, it helps them grow. If you say mean words, they will wilt and dry up over time,” said Auntie Dorcas. Kate grabbed one of the flower pots and said, “Hi pretty flower. You’re pretty flower will you grow?” Genevieve grabbed for another flower pot and said, “Beautiful flower, kind flower, love you flower, will you grow, said Genevieve?”
“I bet those flowers truly appreciate you, you’re being so kind! Let’s go in the house now. I’m going to start dinner, who wants to help,” asked Aunt Dorcas?
Kate and Genevieve both rushed towards the door. Genevieve peered over at Kate angrily, “I’m helping first, she said!” Kate cried out, “No! I want to help first! Genevieve, yelled out again to her little sister Kate, “No! Doodie-head, you’re too short to reach anything!” Kate looked down at the ground and Aunt Dorcas walked over, picked up Kate and looked towards Genevieve. “Do you remember the wilted flowers outside and how we said nice words to help them grow?” Genevieve replied, “Yes, I remember, you said they’re alive and that kind words help them grow. Like saying pretty, love and kind.”
Auntie Dorcas sat Kate down beside her and lifted her hands to the sides of head to make her hands appear like flower petals as she slightly tilted her hands down so she appeared to look like a human flower. “Now, said Aunt Dorcas, say some mean words to me.” Genevieve grinned and after a short pause, peered and looked over at Aunt Dorcas and said, “Stupid flower! Booger eater! Meanie!” And with each word, Auntie Dorcas’s head began to sink lower and lower and her hands wilted and cried out, “I’m wilting, I’m wilting! Oh what a world, what a world!” Aunt Dorcas’s hand petals finally collapsed to her sides.
“Now,” whispered Auntie Dorcas, “treat me just as you treated the wilted flowers outside.” Kate jumped in and looked over, “flower you pretty!” Then Genevieve called out, “smart flower! Love you flower!” As the girls spoke kind words, Aunt Dorcas’s head began to lift, her frown turned to a smile, and her hand petals grew and rose back up into a healthy, happy, flower posture.
Giggling, the girls continued calling out unkind words and Auntie would wilt. Then they would call out kind words and Auntie would blossom again. Auntie Dorcas paused and looked at Genevieve, “Now try that with your sister.” Genevieve grinned and looked at Kate, “You’re smart, you don’t eat boogers and you’re kind and not a meanie.”
“Wow Genevieve, I’m very proud of you! You can be kind to people and help people feel good and grow. Or we can be unkind to people and make people wilt like flowers and feel low. “I like to see happy flowers that grow, said Genevieve.” Auntie Dorcas replied, “Me too; and if we speak kind words, at all times, are words are like seeds that help create a kinder world.”
Auntie Dorcas gave the girls a big hug and said, “Now, let’s go speak kind words to the broccoli in the kitchen, and grow more for dinner?” Kate and Genevieve peered over at one another, and Genevieve said, “Stupid broccoli!” Kate laughed and said, “ewh you stink, stinky broccoli!” Aunt Dorcas started laughing and leaned over the broccoli, “Love you broccoli, nutritious broccoli, help us grow taller broccoli!” And Kate said, “Kind broccoli, just taste better broccoli.”
“Love you broccoli!” Genevieve said.
– Dana Louise 2018