Thank goodness for friends

In a kingdom, on a planet, in a universe from another galaxy, lived a small shy elephant. The small shy elephant had a name. It’s name was Shyan. I know not whether Shyan was a girl or a boy elephant, so I can’t tell you, but I would if I could. I don’t think that really matters though, do you? Shyan was an elephant of either gender, but the gender did not determine whether or not Shyan was an elephant. Just like you are a human being, no matter whether you are a boy or a girl, black or white or any other colour.

Rainbow Elephant

Shyan was a serious elephant and did not see the universe in the same way as everyone else. Shyan jumped at shadows, squealed at noises, shied away from other people and kept to him or herself. Shyan was shy.

One day while Shyan was bathing in the blue spring of Behawatsumania, a bird flew past and returned to rest on Shyan’s quivering shoulder. The bird was black with white chest feathers and a plume on top of it’s head the colour of a rainbow. Above the bird’s rainbow plume, hovered a little red love heart that beat solidly and steadfastly. The bird was curious about Shyan and wondered what Shyan was doing bathing in the blue spring of Behawatsumania.

Shyan told the bird that he/she was bathing often because every time he/she got out of the water, mud would cling to his/her feet. Shy-Anne was spending most of his/her time in the blue spring of Behawatsumania, not knowing what else to do about the mud. Unfortunately, Shyan’s already wrinkled skin was becoming soggy and waterlogged. Shyan was also getting burnt by the harsh rays of the sun and bitten by bugs and mosquitos.

The bird nodded in empathy, understanding that the elephant was going through a difficult challenge even though it might seem silly to other animals, it was a real concern for poor Shyan. Shyan and the Rainbow Bird became friends. Each day the Rainbow Bird would come to rest on Shyan’s shoulder after a night of foraging in the forest of Gumbrazania. The Rainbow Bird grew increasingly worried about Shyan as it was obvious that Shyan’s skin couldn’t take much more water. Something would have to be done.

The Rainbow Bird hatched a plan to help Shyan by suggesting that the mud had a purpose. Rainbow Bird pointed out to Shyan how all the other elephants were wearing mud all over their bodies because it protected them from the harsh rays of the sun and kept their skin from getting burnt. The mud also kept the bugs away!

Shyan slowly emerged from the water and gave a great sigh of relief and rolled him/herself in the cool mud until it covered every last bit of bare skin, enjoying the mud and feeling very happy to be out of the blue spring of Behawatsumania!

Thank goodness for friends thought Shyan!

Thank goodness for friends

© Karin Taylor

Joined February 2008

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