Encore: 'The Skylark'
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You know, every now, and again, we bring you an encore edition of circle roundup Assode, we look through the archives and bring back one of your favorite stories. So you can hear it again. Well, I'm recording this introduction right now. It's the week of mother's day. And today's encore edition is all about moms. I'm a mom myself. So the story is especially near and dear to my heart. I hope you enjoy it too. Have you ever felt frustrated try as you might you can't solve a problem or make something happen? Even though you really really really want to well in today's story. We'll meet a fellow who couldn't feel more frustrated all because of a seemingly harmless creature with feathers. I am Rebecca sheer and welcome to circle round for storytime happens all the time. Today. Our tale is called the spy lark. The story originally comes from Portugal in southern Europe. Some really great people came together to bring you our version of this folk tale, including Miriam shor grownups, you might recognize Miriam from the TV land show younger as well as the effects series, the Americans. She's also the proud mom of two young daughters. So circle around everyone for the skylark. When chorus two children grew up and moved away. She realized that her large house in the countryside had never felt so big or so empty so chorus sold the house and bought a smaller one. The new place was comfortable and charming, and though it didn't boast acre after acre of farmland as the old house had there was a small field right behind the cozy back porch. Cora took one look at that field behind the house and decided it would be perfect as a vegetable garden all she had to do was clear away the brush and trees it just so happened that chorus nephew. Daniel owned a landscaping company. Daniel was fresh out of college and had yet to settle down and start a family. He dedicated his heart and soul to his business often going weeks without a day off. So we're asked if he would help there's not much to clear from the fee. Just a lot of tall grass and wildflowers. Oh, and there's this little group of trees in the corner. But really it shouldn't take long not up problem and Gora I'm happy to help. I'll sudden one of my guys over first thing tomorrow. The next day Cora went off to her job as principal of the local elementary school. When she got home afternoon. Daniel was standing in front of the house his face as red as a beet. Daniel are you? Okay. What happened? It's your field. It looks exactly the same as it did yesterday. My guy didn't clear it Cora laid a hand on Daniel's shoulder. I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation for why the work hasn't been done. Come. Let's go find your worker. So Daniel Cora walked behind the house to the field. There stood the worker his straw hat in his hands. Well, what do you have to save for yourself? Why isn't the field cleared the worker looked down at his shoes with all due respect? Daniel I tried to do the work. I really did. But I couldn't every time. I raised my extra tree, I was tacked Daniel and Koro were taken aback attacked by whom the worker looked up at them sheepishly skylark Daniel could hardly believe his ears a skylark, but a skylark is a small harmless singing bird, how could a small harmless singing bird, keep a grown, man. Like you away from your work. I'm telling you, this was no ordinary skylark skylark was fair. Skylark was savvy. She kept diving at my head and picking at my face, my arms my legs. She wouldn't let me get anywhere near those trees. Daniel looked at Cora who shrugged her shoulders, then he turned back to the worker. All right. I'm sending you and two more guys out to the field tomorrow. I want the whole thing cleared by sundown as the worker drove away in his truck. Daniel shook his head and rolled his eyes. Believe at Ankara. I don't know why I hired this guy. Obviously, he has no idea what he's doing Cora reached out and gave Daniel a hug Daniel. I really don't think it's his fault. Something tells me things will sort themselves out. All we need to do is keep everyone away from the field for a little while. What do you mean keep everyone away? I want you to have your vegetable garden and Cora and besides you don't solve problems by avoiding them for a smile that her nephew. All right Daniel as you wish. Now, I need to go inside and call your cousin. He was having trouble with something as his mother. I promised him. We'd talk it through before dinner. The next day Cora went off again to work at the elementary school when she came home. She could hear Daniel yelling from behind the house as she crept back toward the field. She could hear what he was saying. We'll hear what he was saying too. After a quick break. Your circle round. 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One of our listeners mentioned in episode you missed no problem, you can find every single circle round story on our website as a grownup to visit W B U R dot org slash circle round and click on archive. Welcome back to circle round. I'm Rebecca sheer today. Our story is called the Schuyler. When we left off Cora had hired her nephew a landscaper named Daniel to clear the field behind her new house. She wanted to turn the field into a vegetable garden, but when Daniel sent one of his workers to do the job. He couldn't the worker said he'd been attacked by a fishes skylark, and she wouldn't let him and his axe get anywhere near the trees. So the next day Daniel sent a few more guys and when Cora came home from her job as principal of the elementary school. She overheard him talking to his team. I don't get it guys. I just don't get it for the second day in a row. I tell you to clear this field and for the second day in a row. It isn't cleared. Every flower every blade of grass every tree is right where it was yesterday consumption. Please explain what's going on here. The workers exchanged nervous. Look one of them took a big gulp and spoke up or Sewri Daniel. But it was impossible to clear the field. It's skylark. She's piece of work. I tell you every time we raise it acts, she'd freak out dieting aheads pecking hands she's fast and she's furious. We couldn't drive away. Please forgive us. Forgive you. I should fire. You I should suddenly Daniel realized Cora was standing right next to him. Oh. Hi, and Corre. Hello. Daniel what's going on here? Daniel side you were field. It's still not cleared. The guys here say it was that skylark again, he turned back to the workers. Okay. If that's skylark is truly so ferocious. I'm going to send all of you back to the field tomorrow along with half a dozen other guys know ridiculous. Little bird is going to keep my company from clearing this field. Once the workers had gone home Cora made her nephew a hot Cup of tea. Daniel I'm telling you, it's going to be just fine. Just fine. How are we going to build you that garden if my guys can't even clear a few measly trees chorus smiled nephew? We are going to clear those trees, and we are going to build that garden. We just need to leave the field alone a little bit longer. The problem will. Vanish soon enough. No, avent's and Gora. But you really don't know much about the landscaping business. I'm sending more guys tomorrow Cora gave her nephew a peck on the cheek a whole right Daniel as you wish. Now, I need to jump on the phone with your other cousin. It was her first day at a new job. And I want to hear all about it. The next morning Koro went off to work again, she stayed a little later than usual. And when she got home, can you guess who was waiting outside her house? That's right. Daniel oh Gora. I'm so glad you're finally here. But I'm not so glad to share the news field. It's still not cleared. Oh, I know. Right. According to my guys, the skylark was back, and she attacked them more ruthlessly than ever this time. They tried throwing sticks at her rocks. Even but it was no use. She was too quick. Daniel dropped his shoulders and side. The bird has one aunt Cora. You'll never have your garden Cora smiled. Oh, I'll have my garden. Daniel the skylark will be gone in just a few days, then we can clear and plant Daniel wiped a tear from his eye. You really think so I really do. So Daniel told his workers to stay away from the field and come back in seven days. The sixth day was a Sunday. Daniel was determined to get some extra work done at the office. But core convinced him to take the day off and come over for breakfast. She made her famous cinnamon pancakes, a big favourite went Daniel was growing up. He used to visit Cora and her kids on Sunday mornings, and it all laugh talk and joke over piles and piles of chorus pancakes, this morning course, adjusted she and Daniel sit outside on the back porch. And as they poured their syrup and gazed out upon. Chorus field. Do you know what happened? They saw the skylark fly away. But she wasn't alone behind her flapping their tiny wings as fast as they possibly could worth three. Baby. Birds Daniel jumped up from his chair. What do you know, you were right and Cora, I'm going to call my guys and have them. Come clear your field today right now. No need to call them this minute. Daniel it's the weekend. Please stay and enjoy breakfast, Daniel hesitated. But then sat back down. He looked at his aunt with curiosity and Cora. I have to ask. How did you know the skylark would eventually leave Cora smiled? Well, Daniel it seemed to me that a creature willing to fight so hard to keep others away. Must be protecting something in this case her children. It also seemed that once the children are old enough to spread their wings and fly. She would do what she could to lead them to safety. Daniel reached over. And gave Cora a huge hug, perhaps what he'd said before was true. Maybe she didn't know much about the landscaping business. But she certainly knew a lot about the parenting business. And maybe just maybe someday he would too. Now, it's your turn think about a time. You had to be patient. Just like Daniel you had to wait until things worked themselves out. Find someone you like to have fun with family member of friend, and tell them your story, describe what you had to wait for how it felt while you were waiting, and how things turned out in the end, then ask them to tell you a story about being patient. This week's tale. Schuyler was adapted by me, Rebecca sheer and edited by circle rounds executive producer, Jessica elp, original music and sound sinus by Eric our artists is Sabina Hon, you can color a whole bunch of sabinas black and white illustrations one for each circle round story. Ask your up to visit WBZ dot org slash circle round and click on coloring pages. Then show us what you drew. Our Email address is circled around at W B dot org. Special. Thanks to this week's actors Mitchell. Abor Tom Ueli Evan Casey engineering. I'm sure grownups. You can see Miriam on the TV land show younger and the FX series. The Americans the featured instrument in today's story once the foot you can learn more about this member of the woodwind family and see a picture on our website, WBZ dot org slash circle round. If you haven't yet subscribed to circle around find us on apple podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. If you have a moment, please write us a review it helps other people find the show. 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