It was a lovely, warm Saturday morning with the sun just starting to climb. "No school today," thought Julie, "I think I'll go and play in the park." First, she asked her mother if any jobs which needed to be done. "No dear," said her mother, " you can go and play with your friends, only be back for lunch." Julie was nine years old and felt very grown up when her mother said she could go and play with her friends.
Off she went, to see if Mary one of her special friends, could come out and play in the park with her. Mary went to school with Julie they were in the same class. Mary asked her mother if she could go to the park with Julie. "Yes, of course dear, as long as you're back for lunch," her mother replied.
The two girls went to see the swans on the lake in the park,
looked like a picture sitting on the water with their lovely, long,
necks, the small signets were there too. Some days, the girls
and fed the baby birds, so Mother Swan was very gentle with the
girls for she knew they were not harming her babies.
The swan continued: "While you hold the silver leaves, you can understand what I say." Both girls looked at the leaves they were holding, then back at the mother swan. "Oh! Mrs, Swan how wonderful to understand you!" gasped Julie.
By this time Mary had got over her surprise, she
wonder who's silver leaves they are." The mother swan on hearing
what Mary had whispered, stretched her neck, then with her
beak brush down the side of her white chest, she was quite
as she answered the little girl.
|Each had two wishes and were not sure what to do
saying goodbye to the birds on the pond, they agreed to put the small
leaves in their pockets and wait until later as it was near to lunch
After lunch, Julie decided to go and see Mary. Both girls had been thinking about the small 'Silver Leaves' and what Mother Swan had told them, they both wanted to discuss the mornings adventures.
Mary was playing in her garden when Julie arrived and soon
talking about the silver leaves. "What are we going to do with
said Mary very quietly as not wanting to be overheard. "Well, I'm not
I know," said Mary "Lets ask for an Ice-cream, a large
she said. "Oh, yes," said her friend, "but whose silver leaf will we
Julie. "Mine, as I thought of it," replied Mary,
Then Julie said, "I know what I will wish for."
|"Oh! how perfectly lovely," said Mary, and brushed the coat
rabbit, it had long white ears, pink eyes, and a very white furry coat,
"I'll call him Peppermint", said Julie, "for I like peppermints," so
quite a while the two little girls played with their new found friend.
Then Mary said, "I've always wanted a puppy," so out came her second leaf. "I wish for a lovely puppy, one I can play with, Please," she said and there on her lap was a little puppy, the leaf had disappeared.
How thrilled the two friends were, now they both had something
they really wanted, and Julie still had one wish left, but in there
they forgot about the last wish,.
Then all of a sudden, the rabbit woke up flicked its ears, twitched its nose. This Barneby saw, he growled and Peppermint saw the dog, before you could say 'Jack Robinson', the rabbit was out of Julies arms, and into the flower beds, with Barneby yapping, thinking that the rabbit was a toy to play with he went after him.
Well, Mary and Julie, jumped up and started to run after them
All of a sudden the noise stopped and all was quiet again. except for Mary's mother now coming around the trees. "Now what has been happening?" said Mary's mum, "Oh! mum, we've had such a lovely afternoon," Mary said quite loudly as the excitement of the day was getting too much for the girls and they wanted to share it with her. So over a glass of lemonade, they told Mary's mum all about the swan as now the leaves were gone it seemed alright to tell someone.
"Well, you girls, do seem to have some stories to tell," she said smiling at them. Julie looked at her watch and decided it was time to go home, thinking that it would be nice to tell her mother too. "But next time I get three wishes I will ask for something, completely different" she thought