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In the opening chapter of Scott O'Dell and Odell Grabriel Scott's young reader's novel Sing Down the Moon, the narrator Bright Morning informs us that spring had come early "on the high mesas above our canyon." She describes the "warm winds" as having melted away the snow, and the waters as running "through the meadows and down the steep barrancas." She sees the waters meeting and flowing past her village. She is so happy about early spring bringing an early flow of water that she describes the day as a "wonderful day." She first heard the waters flowing during the night and the flow growing stronger and stronger. She is so happy that, at dawn, she "hurried out to see the river running."
She further describes standing alone in the peach orchard, feeling like she is observing a miracle as she looks at the new buds on the trees and hears the "rushing water" flowing under the orchard. She expresses feeling so happy at hearing and seeing the rushing river that she "felt like singing" and wanted to "leap and dance." Yet, she prevents herself from showing happiness because she believes the gods punish those who show excessive happiness, just like the gods struck her brother down with lightning for singing after having "shot a six-pronged deer."
As she restrains herself from rejoicing, she reflects back to her disaster last year and feels happy at the thought of having a second chance. Last year, she had driven her family's sheep for the first time to graze on the mesa, yet a freak blizzard overtook her and she wound up abandoning the flock.
Hence, as Bright Morning watches and listens to the river flow, she feels overcome with happiness and thankfulness that she gets a second chance to undo her mistake.
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