One beautiful spring day, Ruby Robin and Rosy Squirrel decided it was time to find a
new home. They took a walk together through the woods, past a field of lovely yellow
flowers to a tree near the creek. Along the way, Ruby and Rosy discussed how they
needed more space now their families had grown and how they needed a place that
would be safe for their babies to play and they wouldn’t have to go far for food.
They also agreed on having a place with a beautiful view.
Ruby and Rosy stopped at a large oak tree near the bank of the creek. It was tall
with large, strong branches and a tree hollow just the right size for a family of
squirrels. The view was beautiful in all directions. Ruby and Rosy stopped and
looked at the tree and said how useless the tree could be.
The oak tree heard them while they were climbing the tree and said it provides
protection to all who live among his mighty branches so far from the ground. The oak
tree also told them that it provides shade from summer’s scorching sun and cover
from the rain. Its hollows provide warmth and protection from fall and winter’s cold
winds and snow. It provides food with its acorns and worms in the ground near its
roots. The tree asked Rosy and Ruby what more can you thankless creatures ask for?
The oak tree was mad by now and it shook its great limbs and almost knocked Ruby and
Rosy from the tree. The oak tree sent them away.
Ruby and Rosy thought about what they said and what the tree told them and they went
back and told the oak tree they were sorry for calling it useless. The oak tree
forgave them and reminded Ruby and Rosy that every living thing has a purpose and is
worth more than gold.