SoCS — Animal Crackers

“What’s this?” she asked?

“It’s a lion!” he exclaimed in delight.

“And how does the lion go?” she asked.

“ROAR!” he shouted as loud as he could. He ate the lion. “Another!” he insisted.

She opened the box, reached inside, pulled out another cracker, and handed it to him. “What’s this?” she asked.

“A bear!” he said.

And how does the bear go?” she asked.

“GROWL!” he answered. He ate the bear. “Another!”

Dad stepped in and said, “Okay, Bubs, you’ve eaten enough wild animals for one day. It’s nap time.”

“One more!” he begged. Dad looked at Grandma and nodded.

Grandma opened the box, reached inside, and pulled out another cracker. She handed it to Teddy and asked, “What’s this?”

“A tiger,” he said.

And how does the tiger go?” she asked.

“GRRRR!” he answered. “Another!”

Teddy’s dad scooped him up. Time for a nap, Bubs,” he said. “Grandma will still be here when you wake up from your nap.”

Grandma leaned over and kissed Teddy on the cheek. “Night, night, Sweetie. Maybe next time we’ll pick an elephant!”

Teddy put his arm up by his nose, threw his head back, and made a trumpet-like sound. Grandma smiled. Teddy reached over and hugged his grandmother. “I love you,” he said.

“I love you, too, my big boy.”

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where the topic is “wild animal.”

WDYS — A Fable

A donkey and a tiger were talking. The donkey said to the tiger, “The grass is blue.”

The tiger replied, “No, the grass is green.”

The discussion heated up, and the two decided to submit to arbitration, and for this they went before the lion, the King of the Jungle.

When they reached the forest clearing, where the lion was sitting on his throne, the donkey began to bray, “Your Highness, isn’t it true that the grass is blue?”

The lion replied, “Yes, the grass is blue.”

The donkey smiled and said, “The tiger disagrees with me, contradicts me, and annoys me. You must punish him.”

The lion then declared, “The tiger will be punished with five years of silence.”

The donkey jumped cheerfully and went on his way, braying, “The grass is blue. I am right, the grass is blue.”

The tiger accepted his punishment, but he asked the lion, “Your Majesty, why have you punished me? After all, the grass is green.”

The lion replied, “Yes, in fact, the grass is green.”

The tiger asked, “So why are you punishing me?”

The lion replied, “Your punishment has nothing to do with the question of whether the grass is blue or green. Your punishment is because a brave and intelligent creature like you wasted your time arguing with a donkey, and then, on top of that, you came to bother me with such a question.

“It’s a waste of time arguing with a fool and fanatic who does not care about truth or reality, but only about the victory of his beliefs and his illusions. Never waste time on arguments with someone like that.

“There are those who, no matter how many facts or how much evidence we present to them, are never willing to consider or accept it. And there are others who are so blinded by ego, hatred, and resentment, that all they want is to be right even if they are not.

“When ignorance screams, intelligence is silent. Your peace and quiet are worth more.”

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. photo credit: Arleen Wiese @ Unsplash.

Note: This fable is not original. I saw a version of it published on Facebook a while back and when I saw the photo in Sadje’s prompt, it reminded me of the fable, so I rewrote it here…mostly from memory. Please excuse me for not writing something original for this prompt, but I’m on vacation, so cut me some slack, will you?

Basketball Tales

F02F7A2F-489F-483C-9D41-F5D703B3AC67“Josh and I were playing a game of pick-up basketball with some other guys at a KOA campground in Jackson, Wyoming, just east of the Snake River and not far from Jackson Hole, when from out of nowhere, a freakin’ mountain lion sauntered onto the basketball court,” Ed said.

“No freakin’ way,” Alan said, taking a big hit off the bong.

“Okay,” Ed said. “It was just a yellow Lab, but still….”

Written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are lion, basketball, and Wyoming.