Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The Whisper Leaf

Lizzie used a thin flower stalk to tie one leaf inside of another. She brought the bundle to me and said, "If you whisper your secrets into the leaf it will get fatter -- if it gets too fat, it will burst open and yell out your secrets."

"What's it called?" I asked.

"The whisper leaf," she said.

"So if you tell it too many things, it will burst?"

"Yeah, or if you tell someone your secret, the leaf will open and your secret will be free."

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Anonymous tooth fairey said...

That's a gossip fernade. Seen them all the time during the great Fairey wars back in the 80's. If you're not careful, it'll burst open and spread lies.

11:34 AM  
Anonymous tooth fairey said...

sorry, that's Gernade, not fernade

11:35 AM  
Blogger kim said...

tooth fairey! Good to hear from you.

It could have been a FERN-ade, you know, made from ferns, get it?

12:27 PM  
Blogger wordtryst said...

That came from your six year old? Wow. It looks and sounds so... Zen. Never saw anything like that.

4:10 PM  
Blogger kim said...

I wrote it down as soon as she left the room so I wouldn't forget a word. Later I asked if the idea was from a movie or a book, she says no. I don't doubt it because kids come up with the coolest stuff almost daily, but this brief chat was so complete -- every next thing that came out of her mouth had me mentally scrambling for a pen.

5:13 PM  
Blogger kim said...

...you should see the "Sea Burritos" the kids made out of all things leaves and stems.

5:14 PM  

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