What If the Carrot Didn’t Come Up?

Starting Over: A Riff on The Carrot Seed

carrotseed

As the original story goes:

A little boy planted a carrot seed.

His mother said, “I’m afraid it won’t come up.”

His father said, “I’m afraid it won’t come up.”

And his big brother said, “It won’t come up.”

Every day the little boy pulled up the weeds around the seed and sprinkled the ground with water.

But nothing came up

And nothing came up.

Everyone kept saying it wouldn’t come up.

But he still pulled up the weeds around it every day and sprinkled the ground with water.

And then, one day,

a carrot came up

just as the little boy had known it would.

But.

What if the carrot didn’t come up?

His mother admonished, “I told you so.”

His father scolded, “I told you so.”

And his big brother mocked, “I told you so, you little loser.”

The little boy looked down at the ground and felt terrible about himself.

He did feel like a loser.

He should have known better.

Everyone had told him that it wouldn’t come up.

But he didn’t want to believe them.

Until finally one day,

he understood that this carrot was not coming up

as he thought it would.

A few days went by.

He didn’t like feeling like a loser

this little boy.

So he reached into his pocket

where he kept the packet of carrot seeds

and thought to himself

I can try this again.

And so.

A little boy planted a carrot seed.

His mother said, “I’m afraid it won’t come up.”

His father said, “I’m afraid it won’t come up.”

And his big brother said, “It won’t come up.”

Every day the little boy pulled up the weeds around the seed and sprinkled the ground with water.

But nothing came up

And nothing came up.

Everyone kept saying it wouldn’t come up.

But he still pulled up the weeds around it every day and sprinkled the ground with water.

And then, one day,

a carrot came up

just as the little boy had known it would.

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