Of all the plants, Pandora was the most excited about seeing the sunflowers she had planted sprout.
A week had passed, and under Pandora’s care, the sunflower seeds finally sprouted. Everyone congratulated her. Jimmy said “Pandora, will this seedling really become a sunflower? My grandmother planted sunflower seeds last year, and they grew to become foxtails!”
Pandora anxiously and angrily replied, “Nonsense! My seeds will sprout, and they’ll blossom. If you don’t believe me, just wait.” Pandora was more confident than before. But after two weeks had passed, they had only grown taller. There was no sign of a single flower bud. Pandora felt impatient, and didn’t want to be embarrassed in front of her classmates.
The next day in class, Pandora was dozing off at her desk when Jimmy ran into the room and shouted, “Bad news, Pandora! Your sunflowers have all died!”
Everyone ran to the playground to find all the sunflowers lying down. Pandora cried aloud. Jimmy stepped forward and said to Pandora, “Don’t cry. I was just kidding earlier. My grandmother has never planted sunflowers…”
Hearing this, Pandora cried even harder. She said, sobbing, “It’s all because of me… I worried everyone would laugh at me. Last night I pulled them all up. I thought they would bloom more quickly… but I never imagined… I killed them!”
Teacher Rolin patted Pandora, and said sincerely, “Yes, flowers need time to grow. If you’re too anxious, it will have the opposite effect. Come on, everyone. Let’s help Pandora plant some flowers.”
Next week, a singing competition will be held at the school to celebrate Children’s Day. What will happen there? We’ll find out next week!