Monday, May 05, 2008

The Little Coconut by Robert Shapiro

Once upon a time there was a very small coconut and it was hanging in a palm tree very high up.

It had dreams though - even though the other coconuts were much much bigger and would fall regularly to the sand below where they'd be picked up by passers by or others who were just fascinated with the shapes and the weight of those huge coconuts.

The little coconut had dreams though. It figured, I'm so small I must be this small for a reason. The other coconuts are all regular size or even big - much bigger than regular. Why am I so little?

Well the years went by and little coconut stayed just as small as ever and little coconut began to think, perhaps there's something different for me to do. Maybe I could fly or maybe I'm intended to do something different!

Little coconut would feel and look around, they can see in their own way you know, and up and down and just always admired the clouds in the sky.

One day a very large bird landed in the tree and couldn't quite figure out how to make a nest in the palm tree but it moved around and moved around and it kept trying to get comfortable and little coconut said, "What are you trying to do?"

The giant bird said, "Oh, I didn't know you could talk." "Oh yes I can. I've been here a long time. I'm kind of wanting to have a friend too," said little coconut.

The giant bird said, "Oh well, I'll be your friend. What would you like to talk about?"

Little coconut went on to explain how she'd been there in that tree all that time and she was trying to figure out what she was supposed to do because all of the other coconuts would get bigger and bigger and bigger and fall off the tree but she's been there and she's just as small as ever.

Little coconut shyly said, "Maybe I'm supposed to fly - you know, not fall down but go some other direction."

Giant bird looked at little coconut and said, "Well maybe it's true. You are very small. Maybe I could just..." and the giant bird leaned over because it was so big, just leaned over and plucked little coconut off the tree.

Little coconut was very excited and the bird managed to get little coconut up around its back and said, "Now lets go for a flight." Up and away they went with the little coconut hanging on for dear life.

They went up very high in the sky and the bird was just floating on the breezes and little coconut knew what it was supposed to do. Little coconut realized it was supposed to be a Coconaut and decided - this is my calling in life.

Some people say to this day, since that happened a very long time ago, that that's where the whole idea of Astronauts and Cosmonauts came from - all from that little Coconaut.

Big things and good things very often come from very little things.



school for the girls said...

This is beautiful.
THanks for your expression through this little but smart story.
It is very true:Big things and good things very often come from very little things.

Greetings from Kenya
School For The Girls(Rebecca)

Robert Shapiro said...

Greetings Rebecca. Thank you for your comment and your appreciation of the finer things in little things.