Adventure, bear, family, friends, new, home, cave, moving, pig, comfort, frustration, bully

A

Million

Caves

by Kaylee Morrow

 

Published on the

 

30th day of

 

October in the

 

year 2014

 

in Mesa, Arizona

at

Arizona Sate University

All pictures sketched and created by Dennis King.

Original ideas by Kaylee Morrow.

This book of adventure and friendship is dedicated to all of the children who have ever had to move even once. Starting over can be rough! Sometimes the other kids aren't nice. Sometimes you don't know what they're learning in the classrom. Sometimes you get lost.

But it doesn't always have to be bad.

 

When I was a kid, I moved around a lot with my family. I went to many new schools and always had to make new friends. Sometimes it was hard, but that was okay with me.

I was on an adventure.

 

I urge you to keep your head held high and always do your best. Someday those kids who make fun of you will learn that what they say can hurt someone's feelings, even if they think it's funny.

 

Things always get better.

Always.

This is a story about Eddy and his family, the Bears.

 

Eddy Bear just began 3rd grade. He loves to read books and play outside with other kids his age. Eddy is small for his age, but always tries his best to keep up. Momma Bear love Eddy very much. She never raises her voice, even when he breaks things. She doesn’t even get mad! She just wants to make sure he is safe. Momma also loves baby Jilly Bear very much. Jilly doesn’t like to be carried around by Momma, she wants to explore on her own. Jilly is very sneaky and causes a lot of trouble, but Eddy always takes the blame. Papa Bear is the opposite of Momma Bear. He’s strong, strict, and loud. Very, very loud. Whenever Eddy goes outside to play, he always know it’s time for him to come home when he hears Papa’s voice bellowing through the town. Papa Bear protects his family from any danger and always keeps their tummies full.

 

 

 

 

“But 

       “But mooomm, I don’t wanna move again! My winter coat finally grew in last week! It’s not going to do me any good in California. I’ve been working so hard to get it fluffy for Michigan’s winter storms.”

       Yet again, the never ending argument began. The Bears were going to have to leave their cave and find a new home. Again. Eddy had been counting, and this would be their 15th move that he could remember. Every time his family had to move, he was forced to make new friends at a brand new school and always got lost in the new town. Eddy hated moving.

“Why do we have to move just because of Papa’s job? Why can’t he move by himself?” Eddy asked Momma.

       “Well, Eddy, we are a family. We stick together. If one of us moves, we ALL move.”

       And that was the end of that. Eddy, Momma Bear, Papa Bear, and baby Jilly Bear packed their things and began their move to California.

       Finally, after three days of travelling on foot, a hundred “Eddy pay attention”s, and seven “don’t make me leave you here”s, the Bears finally arrived at their new cave in California. It was much warmer in California, and quite windy. The sun was so bright that the first thing the family did was buy sunglasses at the nearest gas station. Momma and Papa unloaded their things and sent the kids out to play.

 

       “Momma! Come quick! Jilly stepped on a cactus. I told you we should have stayed in Michigan. There’s no cacti to step on there” says Eddy and he gently places Jilly on the sofa. Momma takes care of Jilly’s paw and assures Eddy that he will get used to the cacti.

       Eddy did not like California at all… How was he supposed to keep his paws clean when the whole state was covered in dirt?!

     

       “Jilly! Get away from that cac--” exclaimed Eddy, but it was too late.

       

       “Owww! Eddy! I think I stepped on a porcupine!”

       

       “No, Jilly. That was a cactus. It’s like a porcupine, except it’s really a plant. Here, let’s get you home. Momma can fix your paw.”


 

 

       Papa bear comes in through the front door and informs Eddy that tomorrow will be his first day at his new California school. Eddy groans. He already knows his teacher won’t remember his name, the other kids won’t want to play with him, and he won’t have any idea what they’re learning about. Why can’t he just stay home and help Momma take care of Jilly? He sighs, washes his paws, puts his pajamas on, and climbs into his new bed in his new cave in dirty, sunny California.

       The sun peeks into the Bears’ cave and wakes everyone up. You can hear everyone stretching and rolling out of bed, except Eddy Bear. Eddy is hiding under his blankets, pretending to be sick. Momma Bear already knows Eddy’s plan, though, and makes Eddy’s favorite breakfast…blueberry pancakes. You can smell it cooking from everywhere in the cave and Eddy finally can’t resist. He gets out of bed, finds his lucky shirt, and sits at the table. Momma and Papa Bear barely have time to sit down before Eddy has already finished.

       “Well, have a great first day, son. Make some new friends!” says Momma as she and Papa wave goodbye to Eddy. Eddy grunts and sulks out of the cave.

       The school bell rings and Eddy still can’t find his classroom.

       “Great,” he says, “now I’m going to be late!”

        Just then, he finds his classroom and discovers a line of other students at the door. The teacher was even more late than he was! It was his lucky day. He stood at the end of the line and tried to pretend he was invisible. His invisibility didn’t last for very long…

       Finally, the teacher unlocked the classroom door and instructed the students to find their seats. Eddy stood by the teacher’s desk, waiting to be given a seat.

“Oh! You must be Eddy. Your father came in yesterday and told us you’d be joining us! Why don’t you have a seat right over there by the door?”

       The desk seemed to be a mile away, and of course he had to walk past all of the other students to get to it. The kids snickered at Eddy as he made his way to his desk.

       “Look at that shirt. It’s un-bear-able!” Said one kid.

Eddy slumped his shoulders.

       “You’ve got to be the smallest bear I’ve ever seen!” Said another kid.

       Eddy lowered his head. He could tell this would be like every other new school he had gone to. He would never make any friends here…

       After sitting on the curb at recess, avoiding the mean comments from the other students, and slouching in his desk all week, Eddy was feeling a little blue when he went back to his cave Friday afternoon.

       “How was school today, Eddy Bear?” Momma asked.

       Eddy ignored Momma and went to his room to read his book. She followed him and sat with him on his bed.

       “What’s wrong, Eddy?”

       “The kids at school make fun of me and I hate it. I can’t make any friends here. I will never make any new friends.”

       Momma Bear sighed, “Well, maybe you will have better luck at your new school in Missouri.”

       Eddy’s eyes widened as he asked Momma, “We have to move again?”

       “Yes, Eddy. I’m very sorry, but we do. Papa’s work needs him there.”

       Eddy grunted, “Whatever. It’s too sunny here anyway.”

       The Bears packed their things and began their journey to Missouri.

       The land was greener than anything Eddy had ever seen before. Wetter, too. The Bears could feel the ground squish beneath their paws when they walked through the town. It was a very small town and they had arrived at their cave quickly.

       Momma and Papa sent the kids to rest while they unpacked their things. It had been a long trip. Papa instructed Eddy to get a good night’s sleep, he would be starting school the next morning. Eddy was not excited.

       The sun peaked through the cave’s curtains and woke the family. Momma Bear began cooking blueberry pancakes before Eddy had the chance to pretend to be sick again. He rolled out of bed, put on his favorite shorts, and joined his family at the kitchen table.

       “Eddy, you’ve barely eaten anything and you’ve got to leave soon.” Momma bear sounded concerned.

       “Son, eat your pancakes. You’re going to make yourself late.” Papa demanded.

       Eddy took a deep breath, ate his pancakes, and left for school.

       He didn’t get lost this time. The small town was easy to navigate, and his teacher was on time so he didn’t have to wait outside in the wet grass. Once again, he stood by the teacher’s desk, waiting to be told where his seat would be.

       “Hello, Eddy. Welcome to our class! You can sit right over there by the window.”

       The kids stared at Eddy as he made his way to his seat. He thought he had escaped the mean comments from the other kids until one boy made a joke about Eddy’s ears and the whole class laughed.

       Except one kid. One kid didn’t laugh. He did something very different.

       “I like his ears. I think they’re great.”

       Everybody stopped laughing. Jax, a very pink pig, had defended Eddy without even knowing who he was. Eddy was shocked. No one had ever been nice to him at a new school before.

       Time for recess. Eddy dreaded recess. He always sat alone and watched the others play because he didn’t want them to make fun of him. But this time was different. As Eddy found a shady spot on the curb, Jax came up and sat down next to him.

       “Hi there. Your name is Eddy, right? What an interesting name. You’re awfully small for a bear. I like that. Makes you look nicer, you know? I’m Jax. I used to be new here too, but not anymore. My dad is the mayor now. I think maybe that’s why people listen to me. I don’t know, really, I just say what I think is right.”

       Eddy just stared at Jax for a minute before finally saying,  “Hi, Jax.”

       “You don’t talk much, do ya?” Jax asked.

       Eddy shook his head.  “No.”

       The bell rang. Time to go back to class. The two boys stood up and walked in together. Eddy wondered if this is what it was like to have a friend.

       Three o’clock in the afternoon came quickly and it was time for Eddy to return to his new cave in green, squishy Missouri. He swung his backpack over his shoulder and started down the trail. Before he knew it, Jax had caught up to him and asked Eddy to join in his adventure.

       “Adventure? What do you mean?” Eddy was confused.

       “Haven’t you ever been on an adventure before? Come with me. I’m going off the trail, into the forest. I’m looking for treasure!” Jax smiled, stumbled over a rock, then looked back over at Eddy. “Won’t you join me?”

       “I guess… but not for long. Papa will be mad if I’m not home for dinner, and Momma will worry.”

       The boys headed off the trail, in search of the treasure. Eddy wasn’t sure what the treasure was, exactly, but he went with Jax anyway. They climbed trees, picked berries, and lifted rocks. They made up stories and found hiding spots, made forts and drew pictures in the wet dirt. Eddy had never done anything like this before; he had never had a friend before.

       “Well, I imagine it’s about dinner time. Don’t want you getting in trouble. I’ll see you in class tomorrow, Eddy.” And with that, Jax was gone.

       Eddy walked into his cave with a grin, eagerly gobbled up his dinner, and quickly fell asleep. It had been a good day.

       Jax and Eddy continued their adventures every day after school until it began to grow dark. They’d part ways, and meet up again the next day. Every day was a new direction off the trail. Every day they searched further for the treasure. Eddy grew very fond of Jax. Their friendship became stronger and stronger with each passing day. Nobody made fun of Eddy at school anymore. He wasn’t sad to go to school in the mornings because he knew it meant he could go on another adventure with Jax.

         

       Momma Bear walked into Eddy’s room one morning before school with a very sad look on her face.

       “What’s wrong, Momma? The sun is shining! Why aren’t you smiling?” Eddy grinned.

       “Well, son… I’m very sorry, but today is going to be our last day here in Missouri.” Momma said as she gently placed her paw on Eddy’s shoulder.

       Eddy’s eyes filled with tears. “But why, Momma? What about Jax? What about the treasure?”

       Momma hugged him and tried to explain to him that Papa’s work needed him in Arizona. Eddy didn’t care. He didn’t want to leave Missouri. He had finally made a friend! Eddy grabbed his backpack and left for school; his last day of school in Missouri.

       Eddy didn’t say much that day. He didn’t know how to tell Jax that he would be gone before tomorrow. Finally, after school, the time had come to tell Jax.

       “Ready for an adventure, Eddy? I think we might find the treasure today.” Jax smiled, got caught on a bush, then looked back to Eddy, waiting for him to smile back. But Eddy didn’t smile back, he couldn’t.

       “Jax… I can’t go on an adventure today. Or tomorrow. Or the next day. I have to move again. This time to Arizona.” Eddy tried to hold back his tears.

       “Well, that’s a shame.” Jax shrugged.

       “Aren’t you sad? What about the treasure? What about our adventures?” Eddy was confused.

       “Sure, I’m sad,” said Jax. “But you can always write to me. I’m not moving. And you’re going on an even bigger adventure, Eddy! You’re traveling! That’s the biggest adventure there is! The treasure we could find here is nothing compared to all the treasure you could discover when you travel!”

        “But isn’t our treasure special?”

        “I guess. But what’s more special than being able to discover even more treasure and write to me about it? Eddy, you will be just fine. Go on your own adventure. Find your own treasure. Then write to me and tell me all about it. I’ll miss you, buddy. Now get home before papa Bear gets mad.”
        With that, Jax was gone.

 

       Eddy arrived at his cave with a small smile on his face, helped his parents pack their things, and began his journey to Arizona.

       “We’re real sorry about Jax and your treasure, Eddy.” Said Momma and Papa Bear.

       “Don’t be sorry, Momma and Papa,” said Eddy. “I’m going on an even bigger adventure.”

       Momma and Papa shared a puzzled look, and Eddy smiled.

 

 

 

This would be the best adventure yet.

 

The End

Reviews and Comments

A Milllion Caves is a great read for children. It's quite an insprirational novel for children dealing with frequent moves and always trying to make new friends. The novel itself is well writen and has very sound ideas and a good plot.

4.25 stars

- Lee Bobbett

 

 

 

 

It's good for children. And creative.

5 stars

- Mario Rodriguez 

Kaylee Rose Morrow was born in Michigan, then moved to California, then moved to Missouri, and currently resides in Arizona. She is earning her bachelors in Elementary and Special Education at Arizona State University, works part-time at Ross, and helps manage a tattoo parlor. There are many sleepless nights.

Kaylee has a big heart for people who are struggling, especially children. She hopes that through her teaching she can touch the lives of children before they've given up hope.

Her adventures from state to state have taught her many lessons and provided countless treasures.

 

About The Author

Works Cited

 

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