Simone und Patrick: An Apple Story for children

Every year in September old and young people take part in the apple harvest of Pulkau. Apples are vital for the region both in economy and medicine: “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away” is a well-known saying and apples are the fruitful source for other stories:

“In a small apple, that looks quite lovely, inside there are five living rooms, just as in an ordinary house. In each snuggery a pit is living, pretty and fine...”
Thus a nursery rhyme about an apple and a pit called Patrick starts.

One day Patrick's apple-house trembled. All at once the entire side of his room disappeared. Patrick screamed excited for help. When he opened his eyes to find out what held him, he looked directly into a pair of brown eyes. He asked: “Hello, my name is Patrick, and who are you?” An astonished child answered: “Me? Hey, you are able to talk... Hello, I am a young girl, called Simone”.

Patrick asked why she destroyed his house and the girl answered guiltily that she just wanted to eat that apple and that she did not know that a pit was living there. Patrick wished to know what they could do after his house was ruined. The girl took the pit home with her.

What happened next? Patrick was pushed with gentle violence into something dark, wet and cold. Finally he fell asleep. When he woke up after a long break he had roots, branches and leaves. The girl's dad implanted the tree in the garden on a beautiful day in late spring. After a long time, the blossom turned into many small apples, which could be eaten if they are full-grown and seasoned.

But look out:
“In a small apple, that looks quite lovely, inside there are five living rooms, just as in an ordinary house. In each snuggery a pit is living, pretty and fine...”