Last year my son L.D. came up with this concept and asked me to turn it into a story. Here is the result of our collaboration.
A tree stands tall in a field, and every now and then it drops a leaf on the flowers below. The tree thinks, “I wonder what it would
be like to be a flower?” After ten years the field is cleared for housing. The tree is felled, up-rooted and removed. It returns as
a flower, never knowing it was once a tree. The flower sits in a garden, adding to its beauty to its surroundings. A bee lands on
the flower to pollinate and the flower thinks, “I wonder what it would be like to be, a bee?” The woman tending the garden
moves away. The garden dries up, the flower is no more. It returns as a bee, never knowing it was once a flower. The bee
buzzes along and one day it gets chased by a dog and the bee thinks, “I wonder what it would be like to be a dog?” The bee
eventually mates and it dies. It returns as a dog, never knowing it had once been a bee. The dog is out walking one day with its
master. The master is whistling, and singing a song. The master throws a stick and commands the dog to fetch it. As the dog
carries the stick back to his master, the dog thinks, “I wonder what it would be like to be a human?” The dog lives a hundred
years in human years before he dies. The dog returns as a man, never knowing he was once a dog. The man goes along,
living his life. He works, marries, raises a family and retires. One day he is relaxing under a tall tree in a field. A leaf drops into
his lap. He looks up at all the leaves and the man thinks, “I wonder what it would be like to be a tree.