"Sylvia," Cedric asked, "how come you never play in the stuff people dump into the water?" Sylvia didn't answer right away. Then she said, "Think about it for a minute, Cedric. A few minutes ago you needed some help to rid yourself of a piece of that trash." "I didn't think of it as trash," Cedric said. "The people put their waste paper and stuff into the water and I get to play with it and they watch me and laugh and we all have lots of fun."
"Oh, I would have gotten the cup off somehow," Cedric replied.
"That's not the point," said Sylvia. "Litter should not be thrown in the water. People know that, and if we don't go near it, perhaps they will remember where the trash really belongs and even if they don't, we won't be hurt by it."
"Those kids are all wearing the same kind of clothes," said Cedric to Sylvia.
"I think they're Scouts," she said.
"I hope they come to play with us when they're through eating," Cedric wished as Sylvia was watching the young people.
"Look!," she exclaimed. "Those Scouts are putting all their trash in the trashcan." Cedric looked and, indeed, there was no rubbish left on the ground. Then the kids came to the water to enjoy the antics of the otters.
Cedric wasn't ready to play. "Sylvia," he finally said, "wouldn't it be good if we could talk to our people-friends about this?"
"It sure would," she responded. "But people think that we were put on Earth just to have funthat we don't have a worry in the world."
"That's right," Cecil replied thoughtfully. Then his mood quickly changed and he jumped into the water. "That's the way it should be, so let's pretend it is!" he shouted. Sylvia followed him and they chased one another and even their own tails, and for all the world they looked as if having fun was all they ever knew.
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