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By Allyson Smith

Lucie (age 4) came in the the back door with her hat wadded up in a ball, looked up, and whispered, “Mom, I’ve got NATURE in here!”

“Nature?” I asked, “What kind of nature?”

“Black Nature.”

“Oh. Is it a black stick?”

“No, it’s a black ant. /Nature/. Can I take it inside?”

“No,” I said, “Nature like that stays outside.”

“Well,” she said, “I’m going to put this nature in the outside hall.”
A few minutes later she came back in, with a pitifully sad face.

“Mom,” she said, “Nature’s dead.”

“Oh, I”m sorry.” I said, “What happened.”

“Dad stepped on him. Dad is the one who killed Nature.”

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1 thought on “Naturally”

  1. This is such a great little story, perfectly told. I'm sorry your daughter had to have such a crushing early experience with the fragility of Nature. 🙂


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