Every year the town burned a scarecrow, and she hated the tradition. A local artist constructed one each spring, and it stood for months near the town’s welcome sign, only to be cruelly burned at the end of the year.
But when she was selected to build that year’s scarecrow, she couldn’t say ‘no.’ She tried to explain why the tradition horrified her but couldn’t find the words.
Instead, she filled her scarecrow with cunningly hidden wildflower seeds. Her creation burst with life all through the spring and summer. When autumn came, they didn’t have the heart to burn her.

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