There were two baby sunflowers, bright and shiny yellow, reaching up to feel the warmth of the sun. Babies they were, young and tender with tender roots and weak knees, soft faces and happy hearts. Early in the morning they would come out in the garden with all the other flowers to enjoy the morning sun and listen to the birds singing praise.
In the middle of the day when the sun rose up high it became quite hot and their soft young petals began to wilt in the heat of the midday sun. It was very hot and they were young, with tender roots and weak knees, soft faces and happy hearts.
Nearby were two grown sunflowers with thick roots and strong knees, glowing bold faces and generous hearts. The two baby sunflowers said to the two big sunflowers, “May we stand in your shade in the middle of the day when the sun is so hot that it begins to wilt our soft young petals, for we are young, with tender roots and weak knees, soft faces and happy hearts?” The two big sunflowers said, “Of course we would love to share our shade with you for we were once young too. And now we have thick roots and strong knees, glowing bold faces and generous hearts.” So the two young flowers moved close to the two big flowers during the heat of the day, and they were safe in the shade of their big friends.
One of the big sunflowers that was giving shade turned to the young flower that was in its shadow turned and said, “How small you are, I was once like you. I will give you shade and cover you always even if you do not grow”. So these two sunflowers gazed upon each other, gradually forgetting the sun. Their faces lost their shiny yellow glow, like sleepy flowers their heads sank low.
But the other big sunflower said to the young flower in its shade, “You may share my shade, a welcome friend you are. But I must fix my gaze on the sun always, for I am a sunflower and I get my bright shiny glow from the sun”.
The little flower in the shade of the big flower that kept gazing upon the sun gradually started to grow up and gaze upon the sun all day long. The shadow of the big flower became too small for the young flower; it needed more room to grow! So it said, “I want to gaze upon the sun and your shadow has become darkness to me. For I am a sunflower and I get my shiny yellow glow from the sun.” So her roots began to grow thick and her knees strong, her face was glowing boldly and she now had a generous heart. The two flowers continued side by side both gazing upon the sun, for they are sunflowers, with thick roots and strong knees, glowing faces and thankful hearts.
There are 5 illustrations for this and it is available in a printed 5.5 x 8.5 booklet. Email me for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org