The Little Drop of Rain

Once upon a time there was a little drop of rain. It was floating around up in the sky with a whole lot of other drops of rain. This little drop of rain said, "I'm sick of hanging around up in here in this grey old cloud. I'm going down to earth!"

And this little drop of rain fell Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeh right down to the earth and into a puddle. It landed - splash - right next to a tadpole.

"Oh! who are you?' said the tadpole.

"It's all right,' said the raindrop, "I'm just like the rest of the water in this puddle."

"Good" said the tadpole, wiggling it's tail, "I like lots of good, fresh water."

"I wish, I wish my friends up there in the cloud would come down and join me," said the raindrop.

There was a whoosh of wind, a flash of lightning, a rumble of thunder and down came the rain. Soon hundreds and hundreds of the raindrop's friends were splashing down into the puddle. It wasn't long before there were so many rain drops in the puddle that they flowed out of the puddle and started to run down the hill.

"Weeeeeeeh! Let's go!" said the little raindrop.

They flowed through some moss, over tree roots and rocks and into a creek. In the creek there were crayfish, and frogs, eels and tortoises.

"Oh. Look. There's a platypus. Oh it's so nice," said the little raindrop. "Let's stay here."

"No. Come on. It's downhill all the way to sea. Come with us." cried the other raindrops.

They flowed with the creek down over waterfalls and rapids, "Yahoo!" and into a river.

"Oh were going slower now," said the little rain drop.

With the river they went past fish and ducks, boats and ships, mangroves and sandbars and out into the great, salty sea.

"Oooh. All this salt. I bet the platypus wouldn't like this," said the little raindrop.

"No but other animals do. Look at that shark and there's a whale," said an old raindrop who'd been in the sea before.

The whale swam up and breathed out with a great wssssssssssh! The little raindrop went flying up into the air and splashed back down into the sea again.

"That was fun," said the little raindrop, "how can I get up into the air again?"

"Oh just you wait for the sun to shine. Then some of us will float up again," said the old raindrop.

And sure enough when the sun came up it shone down on the sea and all the drops of water got warmer and warmer until water vapour started floating up into the air.

"Hey. There are bits of me floating around all over the place."

Higher, higher, higher the water vapour floated right up into the sky.

"We're back. We're back up in the sky. We're in a cloud again. Hooray!"

And do you know what? It wasn't long before that little raindrop decided to fall right back down to the earth again.

© 1993 Daryll Bellingham

(created 23/11/93 with students of Yeronga Park Kindergarten.)

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