Flying Far and Wide
by Amanda Age: 12
(Mohrsville, Pa. ,USA)
One day, a baby hummingbird fell out of a nest soon after it was born. A young girl named Emma(8 yrs.old) found the chick. She nursed it back to health in a few days.
When it was full grown, the chick had learned to fly. The hummingbird would not leave the girl, so she named him Walle. Walle never disappeared for longer than a couple hours.
Three years later when Emma turned 11yrs. old, the family moved. Walle was out for the day and did not know where they went. Emma was very upset to leave without Walle.
The place they were moving to was nearly 3,000 miles away, and she was convinced she would never see him again. They had been friends for three years.
One week after they arrived at their new home, Emma hung a hummingbird feeder in remembrance of her friend. A day later, a beaten-up, thin hummingbird showed up and landed at Emma's feet. Emma stared at the bird, and then scooped him up in her arms. Mom! Dad! Walle has come home! It was true, Walle had flown 3,000 miles back to his friend.
Walle died three days later. The journey was just to hard on him. But at least he got to see Emma one last time. Emma sculpted a clay model of Walle and placed it on his grave next to her mother's flowers and her dad's plaque that read:
Walle, a bird like no other,
Has taken a special place in our hearts.
In heaven he flies free and
Looks down on us and smiles.
Forever he will love and be loved.
And until he is seen again,
Our love has not an end.
Emma never forgot Walle. When she was grown, she still loved him. When she died, the two could again fly through the lush green grass, eternally happy.