Ever heard the phrase, “giving aback to your community”?
When we accord aback to our community, we’re accomplishing article to advice the bodies about us.
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In today’s story, we’ll accommodated a adventurous woman who helps the bodies in her apple — and she goes to actual abundant lengths to do it!
Our adventure is alleged “Long Beard and the Waterfall.” Versions of this adventure appear from China.
Voices in this adventure accommodate Feodor Chin, Lisa Lord, and Rosalind Chao. You grown-ups ability apperceive Rosalind from such films as The Joy Luck Club, The Laundromat, and Disney’s live-action adjustment of Mulan, now accessible in abounding countries on Disney with Premier Access.
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Long Beard showed affection to the bodies about her, and you can too — with advice from your actual own Affection Wheel!
How do you accomplish a Affection Wheel? Well, aboriginal acquisition article annular that you can draw on: a agenda plate, a agenda disc, or a allotment of agenda cut in the appearance of a wheel. Use markers or crayons to bisect your caster into wedges, like pieces of a pie. Inside anniversary wedge, address the name of addition you affliction about, or draw their picture.Next, ask a developed to advice you cut an arrow appearance out of article adequately sturdy, like an old agenda box. Use some array of ballast to attach your arrow to the average of your wheel.
After that, circuit the arrow! See which name it acreage on, again adjudge what act of affection you can do for that person. If they alive far away, you can accelerate them a card, or accord them a buzz call. If they’re with you at home, you can advice them with a chore, or aloof accord them a nice, balmy hug.
Musical spotlight: Pipa
The wooden, pear-shaped, four-stringed adhesive accepted as the pipa is one of the oldest and best accepted Chinese agreeable instruments. Originally, to comedy the pipa you’d captivated it angular beyond your body, like a guitar. As time went on, musicians began captivation the apparatus in a added cocked position – as Eric Shimelonis did for this week’s bewitched Chinese folktale!
NARRATOR: Already aloft a time… in a apple nestled below a mountain… there lived a woman with the longest beard you’ve anytime seen. Her glossy, raven-black locks flowed all the way from her arch to her ankles, so the villagers all alleged her “Long Hair.”
One year, Connected Hair’s apple didn’t see rain for months and months. The adjacent creeks and streams broiled up, so anybody had to backpack their buckets and pitchers to the river, which was bristles backbreaking afar away. Again they had to array all the way back, actuality added accurate not to discharge one bead of the adored aqueous they had collected.
As Connected Beard watched her neighbors’ area and fields wither… and their families decay abroad from hunger… she knew she had to do something.
LONG HAIR: I know! I’ll ascend the mountain! The one that looms over the village! It’s so alpine and blurred that no one dares to adventure too far up. But conceivably if I get aerial enough, I’ll acquisition a abundance spring! And I can accompany fresh, apple-pie baptize aback to my people!
NARRATOR: Connected Beard aggregate a baby hut with her crumbling father. Afterwards attached her agleam atramentous beard in a big bond on top of her head, she kissed her ancestor goodbye, again clambered up the mountainside.
At first, the abundance seemed every bit as arid as the apple was! Connected Hair’s anxiety kicked up abundant clouds of dust as she accolade amid the rocks. She noticed that the few plants that sprouted amid the asperous stones were angled and amber — except…
LONG HAIR: (spotting the advantageous plant) Oh!
NARRATOR: …for one!
LONG HAIR: Well, would you attending at that bulb there! It’s so abounding and green! The added plants on the abundance are broiled up and shriveled. But this one looks so moist! So healthy!
NARRATOR: As Connected Beard gazed at the leafy, blooming plant, she absitively she would booty it aback to the village. Maybe it was comestible – and she could allotment it with her athirst neighbors!
But aback she captivated her fingers about the leaves and gave them a tug, the bulb wouldn’t budge!
LONG HAIR: Hmmm… maybe if I cull a little harder…?
NARRATOR: Connected Beard gritted her teeth and gave the leaves a acceptable yank. And aback she did, out of the arena popped a big, red radish, the admeasurement of a pumpkin!
LONG HAIR: Oh my!
NARRATOR: But what happened abutting was alike added surprising. Because the moment Connected Beard unearthed the radish, a beck of cold, bright baptize came blubbering from the aperture the radish larboard behind!
LONG HAIR: Wow! This is incredible! This radish charge accept been blocking up a spring! I can’t delay to acquaint the added villagers! (beat) But first, all that aggressive fabricated me so thirsty. I anticipate I’ll booty aloof one little drink…
NARRATOR: Connected Beard laid the radish on the ground, again biconcave her easily and brought some baptize to her lips. The air-conditioned aqueous tasted as candied as a summer peach!
She was about to booty addition sip aback all at once…
NARRATOR: …she acquainted the wind aces up. As the air whooshed and howled about her…
LONG HAIR: Woah!
NARRATOR: … a abundant access aerial the radish off the ground…
LONG HAIR: Yikes!
NARRATOR: … and acquainted it aback into the hole! Stopping the breeze of water!
LONG HAIR: Oh no!
NARRATOR: The wind kept blowing, alleviation Connected Hair’s jet-black locks from their bond on top of her head. As her ankle-length beard swirled about her like a cape, she aback heard…
MOUNTAIN SPIRIT: (booming, deep, powerful) You!!!
NARRATOR: <… a voice!
MOUNTAIN SPIRIT: (slow, measured) Who are you? And why are you bubbler my water?
NARRATOR: Connected Beard swiveled her arch this way and that, but she couldn’t see area the articulation was advancing from.
LONG HAIR: (nervous, not abiding who she’s addressing) Um, well, sir… my name is “Long Hair” — or that’s what bodies alarm me, anyhow — and I’m so sorry, but I didn’t apperceive this was your water! You see, it hasn’t rained in months, and my neighbors and I are so thirsty! I ample I’d booty aloof one little sip, again go aback and acquaint the apple all about — (gets interrupted)
MOUNTAIN SPIRIT: Oh, I wouldn’t do that if I were you! You see, I am the spirit of this mountain, and this baptize is mine! I accept been attention it for years and years. And if you acquaint anyone about my abstruse spring, assurance me, Connected Hair… you will affliction it for the blow of your days!
NARRATOR: Then, afore Connected Beard knew what was happening, a bang of wind aerial her off her feet. Again it aerated her aback to her tiny hut in the village, area she landed by the aperture in a heap.
The abundance spirit’s blackmail rang in Connected Hair’s aerial all day connected — and all night, too! As her ancestor slept in his bed, Connected Beard paced about the hut, wringing her easily with worry.
LONG HAIR: What do I do? Anybody in the apple is so thirsty… and hungry… if I told them about the abundance spring, it would change everything! (beat) Buuuut…
NARRATOR: She gazed at her father’s peaceful face.
LONG HAIR: …the abundance spirit acutely has appalling powers! If I accord abroad his secret, absolutely he’ll abuse me dearly! And then, what will become of my poor father? He needs me!
NARRATOR: Canicule passed. The aridity continued. And then, one morning, Connected Beard noticed an old woman abiding from the river with a big pot of water. The barge was so heavy, the breakable ancient struggled to anchor it in her awkward accoutrements as she trudged bottomward the long, connected road.
All of a sudden, the woman’s knees buckled, and she fell to the ground. The pot absurd open, and ribbons of adored baptize seeped into the arid earth. Connected went dispatch over.
LONG HAIR: Ma’am! Ma’am! Are you alright?
NARRATOR: Connected Beard captivated an arm about the woman and helped her to her feet.
OLD WOMAN: Thank you, my dear! I’ve been toiling forth this dry and arenaceous alley every day for months. Bristles afar to the river… bristles afar back… I assumption my annoyed legs aloof can’t handle the cruise anymore! (beat) Well… looks like it’ll be a long, agog summer for me…
NARRATOR: Connected Beard gazed at the woman. Again she gazed at the burst pot.
And she knew absolutely what she charge do.
She took a abysmal breath, again went sprinting about the village, calling out to her neighbors as she ran.
LONG HAIR: Listen, friends! Listen! I apperceive area we can acquisition baptize – and it’s afterpiece than the river! Grab your knives and your chisels, and appear with me!
NARRATOR: Brandishing their tools, the villagers followed Connected Beard up the mountain. Aback they accomplished the radish, Connected Beard yanked it from the earth, and the villagers clapped and animated as clear, air-conditioned baptize came spewing from the hole.
LONG HAIR: Alright, friends! Now we charge chop this radish into pieces! We charge drudge it to $.25 so that it won’t ample up the aperture again!
NARRATOR: The villagers did as Connected Beard instructed, and anon the radish was annihilation added than a burst array on the ground.
LONG HAIR: Nice going, everyone! Now, please, acknowledgment to the village. Watch this bounce as it cascades bottomward the abundance and becomes a waterfall… a avalanche that will accompany sweet, admirable baptize to our apple forever!
NARRATOR: As Connected Hair’s neighbors catholic aback bottomward the mountain, her affection was abounding with beatitude and joy… and then, with anguish and fear.
For she knew she had defied the Spirit of the Abundance and accustomed abroad his secret… and now her fate was in his boss and barbaric hands.
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NARRATOR: What do you anticipate will appear to Connected Hair?
We’ll acquisition out what the Spirit of the Abundance has in store… afterwards a quick break.
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NARRATOR: Welcome aback to Circle Round. I’m Rebecca Sheir. Today our adventure is alleged “Long Beard and the Waterfall.”
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NARRATOR: Afore the break, a woman accepted as Connected Beard apparent a bounce attentive by the Spirit of the Mountain.
The boss spirit warned her not to acquaint anyone his secret. But a aridity was wreaking calamity on Connected Hair’s apple and the bodies were suffering. So Connected Beard led her neighbors up the abundance and accessible the spring.
Long Hair’s neighbors alternate home, but she backward on the mountain. All at once, the wind best up and the abundance spirit’s articulation rumbled in her ears.
MOUNTAIN SPIRIT: Connected Hair! Didn’t I acquaint you to leave my bounce alone? Didn’t I acquaint you not to breathe a babble about it to your friends? You accept defied me, and for that… for that… you charge pay.
NARRATOR: Instantly, Connected Beard acquainted a amazing awareness all over her head. As the wind aerated her ankle-length beard about her face and body, she accomplished that her jet-black locks… were no best jet-black. They were snowy-white!
MOUNTAIN SPIRIT: From now on, Connected Hair, you shall lie on the ancillary of this mountain… below this waterfall… with your beard blind over the precipice. And as the barmy white baptize rushes over you, it will cascade bottomward through your connected white locks! Forever!
NARRATOR: Connected Beard shivered, but stood strong.
LONG HAIR: I will do what you say, Abundance Spirit. I will ache for the account of my accompany and neighbors. But please, admission me one favor. Allow me to go aback to the apple so I may bid adieu to my father.
NARRATOR: Connected Beard anchored herself for the abundance spirit’s response.
MOUNTAIN SPIRIT: Alright. You may say goodbye to your father. But if I don’t see your connected white beard afloat over the bend of the avalanche by sundown, I will absolve all the baptize in this abundance and flood your absolute village!
NARRATOR: Connected Beard abrupt to the basal of the mountain, area the majestic avalanche had created a deep, ablaze pool. She saw her neighbors bushing their buckets and pots, all of them aflame to baptize their crops and accord their families a long-overdue drink.
Long Beard rushed accomplished the villagers and alternate to her hut. With tears in her eyes, she told her admired ancestor she had to go away. The old man was abashed to see his daughter’s chill white hair, but he gave her a hug and a kiss and admired her well.
But aloof as Connected Beard began trudging aback against the mountain…
OLD WOMAN: Connected Hair? (calling out) Oh, Connected Hair!
NARRATOR: … she heard a accustomed voice. And as she angry around, she spotted a accustomed face. It was the old woman who had alone her abundant pot of baptize on the dry and arenaceous road! The breakable ancient Connected Beard had helped aback to her feet!
LONG HAIR: (friendly, but glum/gloomy) Well, accost there. I’m animated to see you’re accomplishing able-bodied afterwards that abatement you took. Anyway, I’d adulation to stop and chat, but there’s about I charge to be.
OLD WOMAN: (mysterious, knowing) Oh, I apperceive area you charge to be…
NARRATOR: Connected Beard agee her head.
LONG HAIR: You do….? You mean, you apperceive about the abundance spirit’s punishment? How he wants me to alive below the avalanche always and ever, with my white beard blind over the edge?
OLD WOMAN: Why, yes! I do! And that’s why I’m here! To advice you! (beat) Appear with me.
NARRATOR: The old woman led Connected Beard to a berth abysmal aural the woods. Inside the broken structure, a big bolt was draped over article alpine and slender.
Long Beard watched as the old woman accomplished up, pulled off the cloth, and revealed…
LONG HAIR: Wow!
NARRATOR: …a statue!
But not aloof any statue. This bronze looked absolutely like…
LONG HAIR: … like me! (beat) But why…? What’s it for?
NARRATOR: The woman’s aperture channelled into a grin.
OLD WOMAN: Don’t you see, Connected Hair? We’re activity to use this bronze to fool the Spirit of the Mountain! We’ll lay this bean abstraction bottomward at the top of the waterfall, so he thinks it’s you! That way, the bean bronze will booty the abiding abuse of icy-cold baptize — not you!
NARRATOR: Connected Beard took a afterpiece attending at the statue.
LONG HAIR: I acknowledge your help, ma’am… but isn’t there article missing? (beat) The bronze doesn’t accept any hair! The arch — it’s bald!
OLD WOMAN: (mysterious) So it is… but not for long!
NARRATOR: The old woman coiled her hand. Connected Beard acquainted a tickling awareness as her cottony white locks aerial off of her head…
LONG HAIR: Oooo!
NARRATOR: … again floated over to the statue! In an burning anniversary and every beard took root, and flowed all the way bottomward to the bean carving’s aerial ankles.
OLD WOMAN: You see, Connected Hair? Aback the Spirit of the Abundance spots these connected white locks abounding over the foaming, churning bend of the waterfall, he’ll be none the wiser! He’ll see a avalanche of white beard — your white hair!
NARRATOR: Connected Beard ran a duke over her smooth, baldheaded head. She hadn’t been this baldheaded aback she was a bairn baby!
LONG HAIR: This is unbelievable! You charge acquaint me how I can accord you. But first, let’s booty this bronze up the mountain. It’s a connected way up and we —
NARRATOR: Afore Connected Beard could absolute addition word, the old woman hoisted the bronze over her shoulder, again ambiguous against the abundance at lightning speed!
LONG HAIR: What…!????
NARRATOR: But what happened abutting was alike added amazing than that!
As Connected Beard watched the woman bolt up the mountain, her arch acquainted addition tingle. Abutting affair she knew, article bendable and accustomed was swishing bottomward her back. Aloof like that, her long, bright locks had developed aback — and already more, they were as atramentous as a raven!
With a smile on her face and a bounce in her step, Connected Beard went aback to the village. Aback to her father, whom she admired with all her heart. Aback to her neighbors, for whom she had about accustomed up her life.
And the blow of her canicule flowed happily, and peacefully… aloof like the bright baptize — and snowy-white beard — that would tumble bottomward the mountainside forever.
This adventure was acclimatized for Circle Annular by Rebecca Sheir. It was edited by Katherine Brewer. Original music and complete architecture is by Eric Shimelonis. Our artisan is Sabina Hahn.
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