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Origin of Gold

By: Trent S.
South Dakota, Age 13

Once upon a time, there was a little old man who lived in a little wooden hut. He had lived there his whole life. Behind his house was a giant apple tree that he got his food from. But one day, the apple tree died. The old man now had no food. He asked Mother Nature to plant another apple tree.
“You have lived for too long on apples. It is time for you to try something new,” she said. And with that she gave him a small yellow coin. “Plant the coin and water it, and it will supply you with food.”
As soon as the old man got home, he planted the coin in the ground. He watered it and then went to bed. The next day when he awoke, there was another tree there with golden leaves. He picked the leaves and tasted one. It tasted like a rock. There was no way he was gonna eat those for the rest of his life. He decided to sell the leaves.
He went to the market to sell the leaves. He found out that they were quite valuable and that they were worth a ton of money. He used the money to buy all different kinds of fruit and vegetables. He was surprised to find that they tasted just as good as apples. And for the rest of his life, the little old man ate the new foods in his little wooden hut, under his big golden tree.