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Chavi Morris was doing her homework. She was copying down notes from a book propped up on the table in front of her. “There was a drought in the land,” she read aloud as she wrote, “and the crops dried up.” “What’s ‘crops’?” piped up Miriam, who was listening with one ear while playing with her dollies. “Things that grow, like wheat and barley,” replied Chavi, not looking up.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

“What’s a drought?” asked Miriam.

“It means there isn’t enough rain. The people were sad and worried.

Miriam stopped playing with her dollies. There were serious things going on in the world! Droughts and crops drying up and thirsty people. Something had to be done.

“Have we got nuff water to drink?” she asked worriedly.

“Hmm?” murmured Chavi absently. “Sorry, sweetie, I’ve gotta get this work done. I can’t keep stopping to answer your questions. Why don’t you ask Mommy?”

Miriam went to find Mommy.

“Have we got nuff water to drink?” she asked urgently.

Mommy looked surprised. “Plenty in the tap, last I checked,” she said. “Why, dear? Are you thirsty? Would you like a drink of water?”

 

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