THE MAGESTIC TREE



Ravi and Maya had a special tree in their yard. It was a pear tree that, no matter the season, grew yellow leaves and perfect yellow pears.

Year in and year out, delicious plump pears grew on the tree. Ravi and Maya often picked the fruit for a snack and enjoyed the juicy sweet bite of every one.

Then one Spring, after a terribly long and cold winter, the pear tree grew back it's leaves, only this time orange.

"Such a peculiar thing." Ravi exclaimed.

Even more peculiar was the sight of fresh fruit so early in the year.

Within the now orange pear tree hung several round waxy oranges. Maya snickered at the thought of an orange tree in her yard. The two helped one another reach the high up fruit and  pealed back the rind to find the most delicious citrus center.

"Mmmmm" they both nodded with a smile.

It was the best orange a pear tree could ever grow. The two children ate the few more oranges they could find, satisfied for the day, but eager for tomorrow.

The next morning, the children rushed outside to the orange tree. Their eyes widened when they saw even brighter orange leaves, but no oranges on the branch. Instead, hanging from the limbs, were long orange carrots, rattling like dull wind chimes.

"Vegetables on a fruit tree?!" Ravi puzzled.

"Weird!" Maya snickered.

"We have to try it. Remember how good the fruit was?" Ravi reminded his sister.

The two, once again worked together to reach a group of carrots.

"Mmmmm" they both nodded with a smile.

It was the best carrot an orange-pear tree could ever grow. The two children ate the few more carrots they could find satisfied for the day, but eager for tomorrow.


The next morning, the children rushed outside to the carrot tree. Their eyes widened when they saw much redder leaves, but no carrots on the branch. Instead, hanging from the limbs, were short, wide beets, clashing like bells.

"I can't believe it... Beets!" Ravi said with astonishment.

"Yuck" Maya sneered.


"We have to try it. Remember how good the carrot was?" Ravi reminded his sister.

The two, once again worked together to reach a the beets.

"Mmmmm" they both nodded with a smile.

It was the best beet a carrot-orange-pear tree could ever grow. The two children ate the few more beets they could find, satisfied for the day, but eager for tomorrow.

The next morning, the children rushed outside to the beet tree. Their eyes widened when they saw something even more different than before. The leaves weren't yellow, or orange, or red... but all the colors, including pink and purple and green and blue!  Fruit and vegetables, roots and nuts, all hung from the tree.

The branches with red leaves had strawberries the size of a fist.

The branches with pink leaves had whole watermelons drooping down.

Orange branches still had carrots and oranges, but also pumpkins and peaches as well.

The branches with blue leaves held handfuls of blueberries and the purple branches had bunches of grapes.

The branches with green leaves had green apples and zucchini and even bell peppers.

And finally there were branches with yellow leaves with bananas and yellow tomatoes... as well as the yellow pears.

With all the new treats to try, Ravi and Maya decided to sample a pear, finding it tasted as good as ever.

- J.D. Clair

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