Earth and Air
When she’s four, the sky is clear. She stargazes in the summer nights with her Mom and Dad, and they always point out the constellations like the Big Dipper, or Hercules, and she always listens with rapt attention when they tell stories about how Hercules would go on great quests, and save the world! She smiles nowadays, looking back on these memories.
When she’s six, the summers get significantly hotter. She begs her parents to buy a swimming pool, but they always deny her, smiling and saying that they could always go to the public pool. The pool shuts down soon after, because the water dries up so frequently that it would take two days to refill the pool, and then it dries up again in one.
When she’s eight, her family starts stockpiling bottled water. “Just in case, honey,” her Dad tells her, smiling despite the yellowing sky. She overhears her parents whispering about the “Great Drought” and wondering if they should move elsewhere.
When she’s ten, she knows what she wants to be. Her classmates want to be police officers, nurses, firefighters, but she wants to be a environmentalist, to help the world become cleaner and more healthy for all living things! All her classmates mock her, making fun of her and saying she’s a “hippie” and that she’ll never do anything important in her life, but she knows better.
When she’s twelve, she makes the first step to making the world a better place. She starts donating her extra lunch money to charities that help clean trash, and with the help of her parents, she officially makes the Earth and Air foundation. She won’t stop here, though. She knows it.