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The Paxtau.com Excelsior Award goes to Lucille Lantz for "Jeremy's Journey"
By Lucille Lantz
Jeremy is a drop of water that lives in a lake. The lake is surrounded by tall pine
trees. The water in the lake sparkled in the sunlight. The sparkles looked like
Every so often a pine cone would fall from the tree and plop into the
moving waters. In the winter the sun would melt the snow on the mountain
tops and it would trickle down into the swirling lake. When the snowflakes fell
from the sky they would melt as they hit the wiggling water. Without the sun
the lake could not exist. When the sun was strong some of the water from the
lake would be lifted and brought back into the clouds. The sun's heat would turn
the waters into steam. The steam would rise in a mist and settle in the clouds
Sometimes the sun would seem to disappear and dark rain clouds would
cover the sky. The loud claps of thunder and pouring rain helped to keep the
lake waters flowing.
The sun feeds the lake with fresh water from the clouds The sun also provided
nourishment for the growing plants that lived in and around the lake. Many of
the fish that swam in the cool waters ate the growing plants that grew on the
bottom of the lake.
The puffy clouds would float above the lake. The wind would move them
across the blue sky. When the clouds drifted in the sky their shapes would
change. Millions of tiny drops of water would sleep soundly inside of the
clouds. Jeremy was one of those tiny drops hidden in the belly of the cloud.
One bright sun shiny day, Jeremy woke up from a long deep sleep and he was in
a cloud. He had lived for many years in the cool water of the lake. He loved
traveling round and round in the lake and the tickles from the swimming fish
made him giggle.
The memory of the lake was still fresh in Jeremy's mind. But something about
the cloud did seem familiar. Jeremy wondered if maybe he had been in a cloud
before. Jeremy's memories began to return. It had been a very hot day when
suddenly he had been lifted up from the lake. He rose higher and higher into
the sky he was very excited.
At first he was very frightened but then he heard some of the other drops call
this journey "evaporation...” They said that evaporation is something that takes
place over and over again. That is when Jeremy remembered that he had
been in a cloud before and that it was a cloud that dropped him into the lake.
Jeremy was quite confused and was wondering if the cloud would carry him back
to the lake he knew so well. Jeremy missed the cool water. He cried out
"When can I go back to my lake"?
Zeek was a larger more experience drop. He had evaporated many times and
had visited all kinds of places. With a bit of a chuckle in his voice Zeek
exclaimed "Oh! You may not return to the lake”. Jeremy's voice was quivering
"What do you mean I'm stuck in this floating cloud forever? When I was in
the lake I could see the beautiful stars shine in the dark night sky. I was
able to see the rainbows arch above the mountains. I want to go back NOW”!
"Calm down little drop" replied Zeek "once you are brought up into a cloud you
never know where you will fall. I have had many homes and each time I have a
“But" said Jeremy "I love the tickling of the fish. They swim
around in the waters causing the wonderful ripples. I miss their tickles and I
want to go back NOW"!
"The wind will guide us across the sky" said Zeek. "Look below..See the cities,
farms, mountains and forests. One of those places can become your new
home. When the cloud gets cold, the steam becomes water and it is too heavy
for the cloud. The cloud will burst open and we will begin our journey back to
earth. The world is filled with lakes and lots of new places to see".
Zeek could sense Jeremy's sadness. He had a most favorite place and longed to
go back for a visit, but Zeek knew he had to calm this little drop. "None of
us can say for sure where we will land. Sometimes we fall like a gentle sprinkle
but sometimes when the clouds crash against each other there is loud thunder
and flashes of lightening. When that happens we pour down with great speed.”
“I want to go back, I want to go back”! shouted Jeremy. “I know the lake
enjoyed the splashing and the ripples all of us drops made."
'”Jeremy” said Zeek "just as you once fell into the lake you could easily fall into
the deep ocean, or become a puddle on the ground. The weather could be
cold and freeze you into a snowflake”. One of the other drops shouted “I was a
beautiful snowflake last year" it was Crystal this was her third time up in the
cloud "It was wonderful. I glistened and my shape was like a small piece of
lace”. "Me too"! "Me too"! shouted many of the other drops.
“A snow flake? Lace?” thought Jeremy. He was very confused and asked
"what is a snowflake"? Crystal perked right up in her squeaking little voice "It’s
a rain drop that gets frozen by the cold weather. Its a tingling feeling and
poof you’re a pretty piece of frozen water glistening as you float in the air".
Zeek told Jeremy how he once nourished a beautiful rose and helped it to
blossom and how he was once the last drop of water in a canteen for a soldier in
the dessert. Zeek spoke with authority. "The sun loves the lake and when
the sun makes heat on the water it brings us up into the cloud. The cloud could
drift over your wonderful lake and return you there once again. The fondness
you feel for the lake will always be in your mind. No one can take that memory
from you. It is yours forever. I too have a most wonderful memory.
I was one of the drops that helped put out a large fire in a burning building. I
shot out of the fire hose with great force. Oh! How I would like to do that
Just then the cloud popped open. Jeremy could hear Zeek's words as he
was falling "safe trip my friend", he shouted. Lower and lower Jeremy fell
toward the earth. The air became warmer. He was overtaken with excitement.
Where would he land? Finally after his long fall Jeremy landed softly in the cool
waters of a rushing stream. Jeremy was carried toward a water fall. He swished
and swirled as the current whooshed him closer to the falls.
With a huge gush...down...down...down Jeremy tumbled...."Wow! I’ve never
experienced such speed before rushing water sure is a blast" said Jeremy.
"Wheeeeee! This is wonderful”! exclaimed Jeremy. The water became calm and
once in the new stream Jeremy once again felt the warm sun beating down on
the cool water. Jeremy could see the sun shinning brightly in the sky. When he
looked up he knew that this was the very same sun that shone above the lake
many times. Jeremy felt good knowing the sun was still watching over him.
Jeremy enjoyed each moment he spent rolling down the river but couldn’t help
but wonder where his next adventure would take him. Jeremy hoped that
someday he would once again evaporate and return to the calmness of the
lake. Jeremy knew there would be many more adventures ahead of him.
Maybe one day he would freeze and become a snowflake!