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How Do Potatoes Grow?
By Jan Richards
Sunday, June 03, 2001
How Do Potatoes Grow?
One day a little girl and her mother went shopping for plants and vegetables. As they were walking out of the store the woman forgot to buy potatoes, so back they went.
When they got home the woman put the vegetables away and went out and planted the flowers in the small backyard. Her daughter followed her and asked, "Mother, why donít we have a vegetable garden?"
"We donít have enough room in our yard."
The mother was hoping the daughter would forget about planting. She really didnít want to tinker in a garden, just so her daughter could watch something grow. A week later the mother decided to cook potatoes. Her daughter walked into the kitchen, while the mother was peeling them and noticed little horns.
"What are those horns on the potatoes?"
"Theyíre not horns, thereíre eyes."
"Like my eyes?"
"No, If you plant them in the ground, soon little potatoes will start to grow."
The little girl looked at the eyes in the bag of potatoes.
"The potatoes in the mesh bag look like they are held captive. Letís take them out."
The woman took the potatoes out of the bag and cut the remaining eyes, then together they went outside and put each eye in a separate hole, they dug in the ground.
Months later, little eyes grew leaves, but no potatoes.
One day, the little girl asked, "Mother, where are the potatoes?"
"Potatoes do not grow on the ground."
"Where do they grow?"
"Under the ground."
"Can we dig them up and see if they are growing?"
"Pretty soon you will see little bumps."
The mother watered the potatoes every day, as her daughter watched. One day the little girl noticed little bumps, the size of birdís eggs, appearing.
"Mother, look! The little bumps, they are like baby birds trying to crack out of their shell."
The mother and daughter knelt down where the potatoes were planted and gently brushed away the topsoil. They saw seven little potatoes growing from the seven eyes,that were once held captive in a mess bag.
Then they replaced the topsoil, like covering a child with a blanket at night, and went into the house.
Soon fall will come and the potatoes will push themselves up from under the earth, and like baby birds they will crack their shell and be born. The mother wondered if the little girl would have the heart to eat them for dinner, or will she just leave them in the ground? If she did, will she have to make the same decision next year?
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|Reviewed by ANGEL
|HOW DO POTATOES GROW? THIS WAS A VERY NICE STORY, I ENJOYED IT SO MUCH!|
|Reviewed by m j hollingshead
look forward to reading more of your work
m j hollinghsead, please take a peek at my short stories as well. ...........;0)
|Reviewed by Diane Compagno
|What a great little story. I can see my granddaughter asking me some of these same questions and now I have a great answer. I'll read your story to her. : )
|Reviewed by BUSESCORT
|I ENJOYEDHOW DO POTATOES GROW ITHINK I WOULD BE HAPPY TO READ IT TO ANY GRANDCHILD TO SPARK ENTHUSIASUMAND IMAGINATION|