written by Debbie Williamson
The Desert Kid was wandering around the desert one hot afternoon. He saw an area of it that was covered in sagebrush. Sagebrush is a plant that grows really well in dry soil and it had many uses. Natives used it for medicinal purposes and also used it for weaving clothing.
The Desert Kid went over to the sagebrush and was very surprised at how much of it there actually was. There was a lot of it, in fact, way more than usual. It must have been because of the drier than normal winter weather.
The Desert Kid picked some of it and took it home with him. He let it dry out for a few days and then he decided he would weave himself a new pair of slippers with it. He had heard that there is a pair of slippers in existence that are between 5,000 and 10,000 years old.
The Desert Kid wandered around the desert in his new slippers. He actually found them to be quite comfortable and very durable too. He showed the slippers to his parents and they wanted him to make them a pair.
Pretty soon, the Desert Kid was making slippers for everyone in the desert. He was able to make a tidy profit on them too. After all, the raw material was plentiful and free and so was his labour.