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
floating diamonds.

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"?

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