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The story of the green light (Children's Short Story/Book#3)

The Story of the Green Light

We all drive by them without really thinking about what they really
mean. In all fairness, most of us know the obvious: red means to stop, green
means go, and yellow is supposed to mean slow down, but honestly, how
many adults do you know who always slow down at the yellow light?
Some speed up!

Here’s an inside scoop on the story behind the green light and how it became
to be green and how it became the symbol for go.

Once upon a time, the yellow light was chosen as the go light and the red light
was chosen as the stop light. There was no green light. Only two traffic lights.

Were there accidents, more than in present times? No.
People drove with caution as they approached the traffic lights and that
worked out well for everyone. Everyone except a hippo named Max. Well,
although his name was Max, all of his friends called him Crates, because every
time they saw him at the supermarket he was buying green vegetables by the

If you are wondering, of course, in those olden days animals and humans were
equal. We can talk about that another time. For now, let’s focus on the hippo,
Crates’ story.

Crates was a lover of green vegetables, especially broccoli; spinach, which he
sometimes mispronounced as Spanish; cucumbers, green bell peppers, green
cabbages, kale and unripe tomatoes including tomatillos.
Crates loved green veggies and shared his love with everyone around him.
Crates was a strong young man, who grew up to become a doctor, a father, a
grandfather and a great grandfather.

At the ripe old age of one hundred and eighty-five, Crates began losing his
memory and it saddened his family. His great granddaughter Frida,
who was a surgeon and the mayor of their town, was concerned about Crates.
Since the whole town cared so much about Crates, whom they now called,
“the father of medicine”, Frida decided to have a town meeting to come up
with a solution for her great grandpa.

At the town meeting, the people recognized all that Crates had done in
teaching healthy eating of green vegetables. Many people were saying how
much a diet that incorporated green veggies helped them to live a more
energetic and healthy life. The town then identified the key issue that brought
them to the meeting. After much brainstorming, the townspeople said that they
needed to help Crates to remember to buy his green veggies as he was
traveling about town, which he was still healthy enough to do, even at the age
of one hundred and eighty-five.

“While driving, how can we help him to remember to pick up his favorite
green veggies at the supermarket, on his way home?” And,
“Can we also use this solution to continue Crates’ legacy of teaching others
the importance of eating healthy green veggies?”

Was the town successful?
And do you see why some people still speed up at the yellow light?
(Which of course they shouldn’t.)

The Moral of The Story:

Eat yo’ green veggies. (And other types of veggies too.)

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