S: *Sophie's Adventures in Golden Acres
FC: Sophie's | in Golden Acres | Adventures | Words and Illustrations by Madeline Hynes
1: To Sophie | Love, Aunt Maddie | Christmas 2011
3: Sophie's Adventures in Golden Acres | Words and Illustrations by Madeline Hynes
4: Sophie Ann Boley was a sweet little girl, with golden blonde hair tied up in a curl. She loved to play and run around, and was rarely found with a frown. | She lived with her family in a tall brown home where they ate, slept, and talked on the phone. Every day was the same, normal and happy, until the day Mommy took a very long nappy. | This is where the story begins, the day when things changed from what they had been. As Mommy laid down to rest her eyes, Sophie crept out of the door to outside.
7: Outside it was warm, like the first of July. It was one of those days where you think you can fly. Sophie looked up and gazed at the clouds, she thought if she caught one, Dad would be proud. | All of the sudden she came to a stop and looked all around her at the golden crops. "Where did this corn come from?" she wondered. "Where did I run to?" She thought as it thundered. | So there she went skipping, faster and faster, reaching her arms up like an overjoyed pastor. She began running so quickly the trees turned to a blur like a big bowl of peas.
8: The sky opened up and rain poured down, though something peculiar fell on the ground. The rain was not clear, nor was it wet. The stuff from the sky felt like golden chocolate. | Sophie was curious, and very surprised, and then she saw something strange with her eyes. On a sign to her left she saw some words written. "Welcome to Golden Acres, with us you'll be smitten." | Next to the sign was a cobblestone path, it wove through the corn like a boat through a bath. The path looked interesting, and fun to walk in, so Sophie got up and went in with a grin.
11: So on she went, and after a while, she had walked for over five miles! It would have been boring, if not for the birds who sang and tweeted; to her, they were heard. | Up ahead on the path, she could see a bright light, so she sped up to see its wonderful sight. As she got closer, her skin became warm. Everything was still, like the calm before storms. | Little by little, she approached the light. She wondered what could make anything this bright. Finally she saw it - the mystery was done. Right in front of her sat the sun!
12: Sophie rejoiced - what beauty she'd found! Then, she noticed the earth all around. Wherever she turned, colors she saw. She was so unbelievably struck with awe! | There were daisies, roses, tulips too, peonies and mums of every hue. Evergreen, maple, and redwood trees, apples, pears, and berries grown free. | With sunlight so close, all the plants thrived. Warmth so great makes it easy to survive. In a place like this that felt so nice, Sophie knew she'd found her own paradise.
15: There Sophie played in the sun all day, laughing and soaking up every last ray. She climbed up the trees and swung on the branches, yelped and "Yee Haw-ed" like cowgirls from ranches. | She sniffed all the flowers and ate all the fruit, chased after butterflies in hot pursuit. She danced with the wind and sang with the birds, for joy this great, there are no words. | When the sun dimmed and started to gray, Sophie knew she must soon go away. She admired the garden one last time, then stepped on the path as she said her goodbye.
16: All the way home she walked very slow, wondering if it was right to go. She debated again whether she should have left, abandoned the place where the sun laid to rest. | When she walked in the door, everything was the same. The kitchen, the couch, the stairs had not changed, yet somehow, Sophie felt deep in her gut, something was different, but she didn't know what. | As Mommy hugged her close and Daddy kissed her cheek, She realized what she thought had been tweaked. The people around her made her feel pride, and she saw the beauty that they had inside.
17: For it doesn't matter if you live by the sun, as long as you feel it when it is long gone. Love does not come by just being in a place, It is found simply by seeing a face. | With family surrounding her, Sophie felt at home, and knew she would never again have to roam to find happiness, love, peace, and joy, because all of those things were right there to enjoy.