"How the sky turned warm and orange" is a story about loneliness, friendship, culturally differing perspectives, misunderstanding, patience, happiness, love, fun and much more. As you read this story let your imagination float along with the story and let it take you to the unknown, yet familiar places in your heart and mind.
the sky turned warm and orange.
a land far, far away where the sky could choose what colour it would
be at any given time, depending on the way it felt, there lived a
million little people. The people were so small in that land, that
ants looked to them like giants and grass looked like the tallest
trees. Real trees looked like they were touching heaven and the sky
looked so big that even a rocket couldn't get to the end of it.
the sky knew better than that. The sky knew that outside itself,
there was the universe with the stars and the planets and the sun and
the moon in it. The sky called the universe, 'the big sky' and it
called itself 'the little sky'. The little people couldn't imagine
that there could be anything bigger than the sky they could see. But
the sky didn't think it was so big at all. When the sky started
talking about the big sky and that there were many other skies, on
other planets, the little people would laugh and shake their heads
and tell the sky that it was just imagining things.
sky sometimes got angry and frustrated, that the little people didn't
understand and didn't seem to care. Whenever the sky got angry it
would change to a greenish black colour and it would make a big
thunderstorm. The little people were afraid of thunderstorms,
especially because the sky was so incredibly big. So whenever the
sky made thunder storms the little people would hide in their little
sky often called out into the big sky to see if any of the other
skies would answer, but not once had it had a reply and so the sky
was lonely. Whenever the little people hid because of thunderstorms,
the sky would get even more lonely and it would start to cry. That's
why often when there are thunderstorms, it also rains.
were many other colours the sky could become as well. At night's,
the sky would close its eyes to go to sleep and so everything would
go dark. This would make the sky look black. On a cold winter's
day, the sky would be freezing and look blue in the face. Sometimes
the sky would start thinking about all the birthdays it had had and
start feeling old. This would make the sky look grey. In the
mornings the sky would every now and again think it had slept in and
it would blush and turn red. In the evenings the sky would be hot,
because of all the work it had done and so it would also turn red.
time to time when the sky felt like having some fun it would make
special colours, such as pink and purple and would sometimes even
have some golden dots or a couple of rainbows. This usually happened
in the summer, when the little people were singing and playing
together in the fields and everyone was friends.
were two little people who were really close friends and the sky
would often watch them. The sky would start feeling all warm and
fuzzy inside when it saw how much the two little people loved each
other. What colour do you think the sky would turn when that
happened? Well, a warm fuzzy colour of course!
sky would watch the two little people from the morning till the
night. In the mornings they would visit each other, after they had
brushed their teeth. They would go to each other's houses and ring
the bell. Then when they saw each other, they would say 'Hello' and
then they would play all kinds of games together and talk about all
kinds of things and do things together and go and see exciting places
together and go for picnics, and sometimes they would even go
canoeing on a gum leaf that had fallen into the water.
sky liked the word 'Hello' very much. To the sky the word 'Hello'
meant friendship and that you wanted to talk with someone, or that
you liked them very much. The sky had often called out 'Hello' into
the big sky but not once had it had a reply and so the sky was
then the sky got an idea. It had seen the two little people use a
trick one day when they couldn't visit each other. They had been too
busy because of the harvest. One of the two friends had taken a
daisy petal and written the word 'Hello' on it and then thrown it
high into the sky. The sky had made a wind to blow in such a way
that it carried the petal to the other friend. The sky had seen how
happy it had made the other friend and that the other friend then had
done the same. The sky again had helped, this time by making the
wind go the other way, so that the second petal flew back to the
first friend. It made them all have a big belly laugh.
sky thought, 'If only I could throw something high into the big sky,
so that it would end up where there is another sky and then they
could read my 'Hello.' All of a sudden it knew what to do. How
about if it made a big snow storm, but instead of making the snow
fall down on the earth, it could put the snow into big snowball with
the word 'Hello' on it. The sky threw the big snowball as hard as it
could into the big sky.
little people looked up and said, ' Wow, look, a comet. Isn't it
beautiful!' There were also some scientist little people who
explained how comets work, and that they are big blocks of ice that
travel through the universe and that they go past many planets and
other stars and then one day come back again. They did many really
difficult to understand calculations on it and said many things that
didn't mean very much to the other little people. When the sky heard
all the scientific talk, it just shook its head an thought, 'If only
they knew that it is just a snowball, that I threw to say 'Hello', to
try to make some friends.
A very long time later, probably about
two hundred years after the sky had
thrown its snowball, there was a real buzz in the science building. One
of the scientists had looked through his telescope and seen the
largest comet on the way to earth that had ever been seen. The sky
pricked up its ears to hear what the excitement was all about and
then remembered the other times when comets had come to earth. Each
time the sky looked, hoping that a snowball had returned with a
'Hello' from another sky somewhere. But every time there had been
the disappointment of just another block of ice that had been
aimlessly flying through the big sky for thousands of years.
this time the sky knew it must be different. The sky waited
impatiently for a couple of weeks, watching the comet come closer and
closer, until finally the most amazing thing came into sight. The
comet was actually made of hundreds of snowballs all clumped together
and on each of them was a different 'Hello' message from a different
sky of a different planet.
that moment on, the sky knew that it was no longer alone. The sky
felt so really really happy that it got the biggest fuzzy feeling
that anyone has ever felt. And because of that it turned all warm
and orange. It was of a colour that was so bright that all the other
skies could see from a long long distance that the sky had received
their message and they all had the biggest belly laugh together.
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