Mother Nature's House Cleaning
by Ellen Robena Field
One morning Mother Nature stood at the door of her house looking out over
the world. King Winter's reign was over and he had gone back to his home
at the North Pole; and Spring was coming over the hill with her three
little helpers to make Mother Nature a visit.
Let us see who these helpers were. First there was roguish March with his
rosy cheeks, and his curly hair flying in the winds that blew all about
him. Next came Baby April with her apron full of violets, daffodillies,
and green grasses. Part of the time she smiled sweetly, and part of it she
frowned till the big tear drops chased each other down her cheeks. Last
came May, playing tag with the sunbeams, wandering knee-deep in flowers,
and calling to the birds that sang around her:
Mother Nature watched them coming and murmured, "Such a dirty world as
King Winter has left behind him! It must be cleaned up before the little
girls, April and May, come, but March I am sure will want to help me do
She beckoned to the frolicsome boy who came racing down the hill to see
what she wanted. "I must have some rain to wash away all this dirty snow,"
she said; so March whistled to the East Wind, who blew together the
rain-clouds, and soon the tiny rain drops were busy at work washing the
floors of the world, and in a short time the snow was all gone. Then
Mother Nature wanted the sky ceilings cleaned, so this time March whistled
to the West Wind who began to sweep away the cloud cobwebs from the sky
till the cheery old sun smiled again, and shone Mother Nature a bright
"Now March," said she, "there is one more thing you can do to help. You
must start the work for Baby April." Then March, with the South Wind to
help him, awoke the seeds, whispered to the trees to begin to bud, started
the brooks singing, and called the robins back from the South.
When his visit was over Mother Nature thanked him for helping her so well
on all of the thirty-one days he had spent with her, and told him she
would send for him again when her next cleaning day came around.