Once upon a time the Air was very quiet. There was no sound as she moved across the Earth and Water. This used to scare the Earth quite a lot and it also made the Air lonely. No one ever greeted her or played with her because they didn’t know Air was there.
The other Elements got together for a meeting. “This has got to stop!” said the Earth. “How can we work together and play together when we never know she’s there!”
“We can’t see her or hear her. How can we change that?” said Fire.
“We need her to make some noise. Can we teach her to sing?” pondered Water.
“Hmmm, maybe I can.” contemplated the Earth. “I’m tired of getting spooked and when she knows she’s frightened us she gets even quieter!”
So the Earth put a mountain where she thought the Air was and sure enough the Air tried very shyly to creep around the mountain. “Please stop and stay for a bit.” the Earth said to the Air.
“Why?” said the Air. “Why do you want me to stay?” The Air was moving in slow spirals.
“Because we want to get to know you and you never play with us. May I teach you to sing?” said the Earth. “We’d like you to play with us and we can’t see you or hear you and if you would sing with us I think we’d all be happier.
“You want me to play and sing with you?” asked the Air.
“Yes! You are the only one who doesn’t play with us and we would like you to join us and be friends.” said the Earth.
“Really? You want me to play with you?” cried the Air. “I’ve been lonely and I didn’t know if I was welcome.”
“How do you know if you aren’t welcome if you don’t come and find out.” asked the Earth. “So, do you want to learn to sing or not?”
“Oh, yes!” said the Air, “Yes, what do I have to do?”
“See the trees on this mountain? They have leaves that if you move against them will make a lovely sound. And if you move around this mountain quickly that will make a different sound. Why don’t you try that and then I think Water has some sounds to teach you as well.” explained the Earth.
The Air started through the trees and it made a lovely rustling noise and she tried moving slowly and then quickly and she found she could vary and change the sound with different speeds. Then she tried moving up, down, and around the mountain. That made fun noises too. The Air was getting more and more excited. This was fun!
Air went to find Water. “Hello Water! What can you teach me? I’m so excited!”
“I can see that,” laughed the Water. “I take it Earth found you and showed you how to sing with the trees?”
“Oh, yes! And it’s lovely.” said Air. “How did you know I could sing?”
“I heard you and I liked what I heard,” laughed Water. “Would you like to try some more sounds?”
“All right, please move across the lake here and see if you can make the tops dance and then you can try the ocean. If you push it around I’m sure it will make some lovely sounds.” explained the Water. “When you’re done, why don’t you try Fire?”
The Air went and played across the lakes and learned wonderful splashing sounds. She stayed and played for awhile and then went to try the ocean. She found she could make huge booming sounds and little splashing sounds and this taught her a new sound, giggling. This pleased her very much and she went to find Fire.
“Fire! I’m having so much fun playing with the Earth and the Water. I can make noise! Will you teach me too?” Air was very excited and moving in quick little eddies.
“Of course,” said Fire. “I’ve been waiting for you to ask. There is a nice campfire down the way. Why don’t you try playing with her and then you can work your way up to one of my volcanoes.”
Air went to the campfire and found she could make nice crackling noises but she had to be careful. She didn’t want to get out of control and hurt something. She went and found the volcano and saw that she could make more loud booming noises as well as small dripping and glooping & blooping noises. Air was very happy and noticed that playing with the other Elements was fun. The Elements were happier too and that is why Air sings. They were supposed to work together and now they could. All was in balance and good in the world.