Holding Up the Sky

I was paging through a picture book this morning, looking for a short story to use with my students, and came across this gem. After reading the tale from China, I sat at my desk and realized it was just what I needed to read. Some days I wonder if our little nonprofit is making much of a difference in the world…thankfully, the hummingbird answered my question.
“One day an elephant saw a hummingbird lying on its back with its tiny feet up in the air. “What are you doing?” asked the elephant.

The hummingbird replied, I heard the sky might fall today, and so I am ready to help hold it up, should it fall.”

The elephant laughed cruelly. Do you really think,” he said, “that those tiny feet could help hold up the sky?”

The hummingbird kept his feet up in the air, intent on his purpose, as he replied, “Not alone. But each must do what he can. And this is what I can do.”

One thought on “Holding Up the Sky

  1. I love that clip, Mal. Your work with A to Z Literacy and the work of all of us who have worked alongside you DOES make a difference. It makes a difference in the lives of the children and teachers in Zambia, but it also has a huge impact on the lives of people locally around the Crystal Lake area. I know working with your “little nonprofit” has been a professional and personal highlight for me. Keep up your important work and know that you and A to Z make a difference every single day!

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