Why The Sky is Blue
(A New Greek Myth)

Brenda. Age 11. San Pablo, California

A long time ago in a very small town there was a young woman named Rose. Rose loved painting. She sometimes painted the Greek gods, such as Zeus, Aphrodite, and other gods or goddesses, her environment and many other things. Some people were envious that she could paint.

One day, four gods/goddesses decided to go to Rose’s house to test her. They wanted to test Rose because they wanted to see if she was a kind person or an evil one. Once they were at Rose’s house, they knocked on the door and asked her the question.

“Excuse me, sorry to interrupt. We saw your beautiful painting earlier. We thought it was amazing. Can you perhaps make us a painting, please?” Hestia asked.

“It’s okay for interrupting. So what do you want me to paint in the picture?” Rose replied.

“A picture of the Greek gods and goddesses, if you can,” Apollo spoke.

“That is going to a bit difficult, but I’ll try to do it at least,” Rose replied.

“Thank you. We'll give you something in return for agreeing to paint a picture,” Hera said proudly.

‘No, no you don’t have to. You don’t have to give me anything. It can be for free,” Rose insisted.

“We insist we bring you something in return,” Hera insisted.

“Can we perhaps pick up the painting in three days?” Dionysus asked.

“Sure. Whenever you feel like receiving it,” Rose smiled.

After all the gods and goddesses, left Rose found herself low on supplies. She knew she needed more supplies, or she wouldn’t make the painting as she had said she would do. She knew this would take some time, and started to rethink the whole thing.

Rose thought, “Should I really paint the picture? Or should I not?”

“Never mind, I should. It’s the right thing to do. Plus they might get angry if I lied or if I don’t have it,” Rose decided.

A few hours later, she finally had gathered enough supplies to make the painting. Two days later, Rose finished. She had painted the sky, as if its color was blue. It made the painting look beautiful. As soon as the gods and goddesses came, they thanked Rose for the beautiful painting that had the Olympian gods and goddesses in it that they asked for. Then they revealed themselves and told Rose they would grant her any wish of her choice. Before a minute went by, Rose replied as quick as a tiger.

“Can I wish for the sky to really be the color blue? I know that sounds silly, but please? I saw how it looked beautiful in the picture, and imagine it in real life! If I can have a wish, I would wish for the sky to be the color blue,” Rose asked.

“It did look beautiful in the picture, and you do have a point, so we will grant your wish. Plus, we did say we would grant you any wish,” Hera spoke to Rose.

“Yes, we will grant your wish because of your generous and kind actions,” Hestia, Dionysus, and Apollo said, proudly, as if they had earned straight A’s.

“Thank you so much!” Rose acted as if she just won the lottery.

“No problem,” Hestia said.

She later thought that when you agree to do something, it is better to stick to it until the end instead of disappointing the person who agreed to it as well.

As soon as the gods and goddesses left, they made the sky blue for Rose in a short time. Rose was very happy, and thought the sky looked beautiful.

This is why the sky remains the color blue. 

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