Do What You Can – Beginner English Version
There was once a farmer who had a large field of corn. He wanted to sell the corn and buy things that his family needed with the money. He had worked very hard to get the ground ready, and planted the field with the great care. But no rain fell. He saw that the corn was beginning to dry up and would soon die. Every morning he went out to the field and looked at the dry corn and wished for rain. He felt very sad, and began to think that he would have nothing to sell.
One day, as he stood looking up at the sky, two little raindrops saw him. One said to the other, “Look at that farmer. I feel very sad for him. He worked so hard with his field of corn, and now it is starting to dry up. I wish I could help him.”
“Yes,” said the other, “but you are only one small raindrop. What can you do? You don’t have enough water for even one corn plant.”
“Well,” said the first, “I know that I cannot do much, but I think I can give the farmer a little happiness. I am going to do my best. If I can’t do anything more, I’ll go to the field to show the farmer that I care about him. Here I go!”
The first raindrop had no sooner started to fall than the other raindrop said, “Well, as you really are going, I think I will go, too. Here I come!”
And down went the two raindrops. One fell on the farmer’s nose, and one fell on a dry corn plant.
“Oh,” said the farmer, “what’s this? A raindrop! Where did it come from? I do think it will rain.”
By this time a great many raindrops had come together to see what the two kind raindrops were doing. They saw them falling down to make the farmer happy and water his corn. Then one said, “If you two are going down to do good, I’ll go, too!” And down he went. “And I!” said one next to it. “And I!” said many others. Soon it was raining all over the field. The corn was watered and grew tall and strong… all because one little raindrop did what it could to help someone.