Once upon a time Water never laughed. Earth laughed. You could hear it in mud pots that burped their hot mud up. Air laughed. You could hear it in spring breezes and in old forests. Fire laughed. You could hear it in volcanoes that threw lava and watched it flow down hillside but Water didn’t laugh. She just flowed smoothly along.
Water was serious. She needed to be rain for the crops. She needed to take ships on their journeys. She didn’t have time to play. She had deserts to brighten with spring flowers. She had missions to complete. Earth didn’t have to do anything if she didn’t want to do it. Fire had other things to do and Air was there around everything.
Water was serious.
Earth was tired of how serious Water was. She was determined to make Water laugh. She threw up big rocks at the edge of the ocean. Water just pushed them aside and wore them away. She tried to force Water between two plateaus and Water created the Grand Canyon. Nothing seemed to work until Earth decided to tickle Water. She went to several places around the world all at once. She went to the headwaters of Victoria Falls. She went to the headwaters of the Mighty Mississippi. She went to the headwaters of the Danube and the Rhine and she asked all the small rocks in those headwaters all over the globe to rise slowly at different times. The rocks were to be small enough to roll easily and to move in Water’s streams.
The Water began to feel something odd. What was happening. It was a very strange feeling. It itched and it wouldn’t stop. It wasn’t bad feeling but it started to feel … funny. Water started to chuckle. She’d never felt this way before. It was Fun! She started to giggle and then to laugh. She broke into laughter and kept chuckling. She liked this feeling. She was going to remember how this felt. She decided she didn’t always have to be so serious and that maybe, just maybe it was alright to every once in awhile to be a laughing stream or a chucking brook.
Earth watching from a distance nodded to herself and went on her way.