Jeanette The Backward Koala

Jeanette The Backward Koala
Chapter 1

The Birth

Once upon a time in a land down under, there was a birth on the eve of another great
Jeanette was born into the family of George and Judy Osgood, the Koalas in the far east eucalyptus tree that stood higher and prouder than most in the region.
Several of their neighbors said they would stop by to see the journey of the baby to the mother’s pouch.
No one showed, but little Jeanette still made that journey on December24, 2008.
After the journey, everything was quiet. Then one morning, Jeanette poked her teddy bear like head out the pouch and greeted her mom and dad with a smile and a sudden urgency to explore the world outside the safe haven of her mother’s pouch.
When she climbed out, her mother became alarmed and yell, “George, come see your daughter, there is something wrong!” said Judy.
George climbs in the home with a mouth full of leaves and speeds up the chewing process to swallow quickly to answer Judy.
When George entered the room, there stood Judy and Jeanette.
George could not believe what he saw!
Jeanette’s back was facing George; there was her pouch, right smack in the middle of her back.
Now, a normal Koala has her pouch in the front, this unique situation has never occurred in the long, proud history of the Koala generations.
Jeanette stood there just smiling, not knowing how different she was from not only female koalas, but all marsupials.
The doctor was called, within a few minutes Fruit Bat shows up, he is wearing some prescription sunglasses.
“Now what seems to be the urgency to get me over here at this hour, these non-nocturnal house calls can get pricy,” said Dr. Squibb.
“Please check our daughter and tell us things will get better,” pleaded George.
The doctor puts stethoscope to his ears and listens to Jeanette’s heart.
“There is nothing wrong with your daughter,” states Dr. Squibb as he takes a big yawn.
“Look at where her pouch is,” says Judy.
“I am glad you pointed that out, because I completely overlooked that,” says Dr. Squibb smiling.
“What can be done about this?” asked George.
“About what?” asked Dr. Squibb.
“The Pouch!” says Judy in a stressed voice.
“There is not much I can do, other than that special gift that God gave her, she is perfectly healthy,” replied Dr. Squibb.
Both George and Judy look much stressed at the doctor, then at one another.
“Look, she is not a freak of nature, there isn’t a Rhino horn growing out of her forehead. And I will use a phrase I‘ve been waiting to use that came from the land up yonder, from those silly Americans, It is what it is, good day,” stated Dr. Squibb in his best Paul Harvey voice.
“We know, but what will the neighbors think?” Judy says while shifting her eyes back and forth to the Doctor and George.
“Everything will be fine honey,” said George in a reassuring voice.
As Jeanette grew, the stares and under the breath comments from the neighbors were becoming more apparent.
Soon Jeanette had to start school, on her first day, she was waiting outside for the bell to ring. The other Joeys were starting in(sometimes Joeys can be so insensitive).
There were seven other Joeys at Marsupian Elementary.
“Hey everyone, check out the Koala, she has a pouch, but it’s not where it’s supposed to be, it’s on her back,” said Bartholomew, the Tasmanian Devil in a loud screaming voice.
“What’s your name, Koala?” asked Bartholomew.
“My name is Jeanette,” she said.
Jeanette, Jeanette, has a problem for the vet, her pouch is on her back, so she hasn’t seen it yet,” said Brian and Ryan, the Wombat twins.
When a Wombat can poke fun of another animal, you know there is an issue.
“Leave me alone,” Jeanette said in a shaky, tearful voice.
Jeanette could no longer take the abuse, she ran inside to the classroom.
“What’s wrong little one?” asked the Clouded Leopard.
“No one wants to be my friend, because of my stupid physical deformity,” answered Jeanette.
Jeanette turned around to show the Leopard her problem.
“I am Miss Waffle, your teacher, you must be Jeanette,” said the Leopard.
“You knew who I was, is it because of my deformity?” asked Jeanette.3
“No, it’s because I knew there is a Koala in my class this year,” answered back Miss Waffle.
Soon the bell rang and the others entered the classroom, they were all staring at Jeanette.
“Class I notice you are staring at Jeanette, you know it is not nice to stare and poke fun of someone else because God decided to make them different. I am going to send home with each of you for your parents to sign.
I shall tell then how mean you have treated another student. Most of the time when someone pokes fun at someone else, it is out of jealousy,” said Miss Waffle in a scolding tone.
“Now I want everyone to apologize to Jeanette for their behavior,” instructed Miss Waffle.
“We’re sorry Jeanette,” said the class.
“For a reason unknown to us, God made her special, and one day she will do something that will show why she is how she is,” said Miss Waffle.
“A lot of Marsupials are on the endangered species list and one day may become extinct,” said Miss Waffle.
“What does extinct mean?” asked Bartholomew.
“I know,” said Rex the Bushtail Possum.
“Please tell us,” said Miss Waffle.
“That is when you don’t bathe, you start to extinct,” answered Rex.
“No, no, that’s not!” shouted Cher, the Honey Possum.
“So, Cher, you have the correct answer? Please tell us,” said Miss Waffle.
“It’s when you did stink, but took a bath, so you got rid of the stink, now you are extinct,” answered Cher.
“Is there anyone else that wants to give an answer to this?” asked Miss Waffle.
“I know,” said Jeanette.
“Okay Jeanette, tell us all what you believe extinct means,” said Miss Waffle.
“It’s when an entire population of a certain living is gone and will never exist again. Such as my own kind and Miss Waffles kind are on the list,” answered Jeanette.
“You’re right on both statements Jeanette,” said Miss Waffle.
“What happens to make a living thing extinct?” asked Daisy the Kangaroo.
“First it is the reduction of our natural resources, humans are the biggest contributing factor, but there are also forest fires. Then there is an introduction of new predators in our area such as humans with their pet dogs, whom we’ve tried many years to communicate and come to some kind of truce with.
And one last thing, we are vulnerable to many diseases,” answered Mrs. Waffle.
“That’s enough on this subject, now we will practice our ABC’s and 123’s,” instructed Mrs. Waffle.
The class settled in and the lessons went quite well.
As promised the teacher sent home a note with all the Joeys explaining the insensitivity they had displayed to another Joey with a birth defect.
As the Joeys gave their parents the note, the parents made it clear that they were very disappointed in their Joey’s behavior.
The next morning, at school, Jeanette was not picked on, in fact, she was totally ignored, she wondered which was worse, a Koala roast or being an invisible ghost.
When they all entered the classroom, Jeanette felt as if she were public enemy number one.
All the Joeys were well behaved during class time. At recess, Jeanette stayed inside.
“Why aren’t you playing outside with all the other Joeys?” asked Mrs. Waffle.
“None of the others will play with me, they won’t even talk to me,” Jeanette put her head on her desk and sobbed.
“That does it, I will call a conference with their parents and put a stop to this non-sense,” said Mrs. Waffle.
“Please don’t, things will get better,” pleaded Jeanette.
“Okay, I will give them a week to treat you equally, then I will put a stop to it,” agreed Mrs. Waffle.
“Thank you, Mrs. Waffle, I know I could be a very best friend to any Joey or all joeys here if they would just give me a chance,” said Jeanette as the tears continued to flow.
“God in his infinite wisdom put your pouch on your backside and one day it be used to serve its purpose,” said Mrs. Waffle.
After school, Jeanette went straight home and to her room, here she cried a little more, but was cheered up by the sound of the Kookaburras who shared the same tree.
Kookaburras always sound as if they are laughing, but it is really cackling. This is where they have earned the nickname, ‘The Laughing Jackass’.
Jeanette hears a knock on her bedroom door.
“Are you in there?” asked Judy.
“Yes mom, I’m in here,” answers back Jeanette.
“Let’s go out to eat, we’ve been invited to dine at one of the finest Eucalyptus Trees in our community,” said Judy with anticipation.
“No thank you mom, I just want to stay home and in my room, I don’t feel so good,” said Jeanette.
“Do you feel sick?” asked Judy as she touched Jeanette’s nose.
“You nose is moist and cold, no sign of a fever,” stated Judy.
“I am not sick sick, just sad,” replied Jeanette.
“What can I do to cheer you up?” asked Judy.
“It is something I have to deal with on my own,” answered Jeanette.
“My little girl is no longer a little girl,” commented Judy as she kissed Jeanette’s forehead.
“You and Dad have fun,” said Jeanette.
“I will bring you back a doggy bag,” said Judy.
“What!, that could be dangerous!” said Jeanette in horror.
“No, that is something used to put food in to take home, just an abstract expression,” explained Judy as she chuckled.
“In that case, thank you mom,” said Jeanette in a relieved voice.
That night, after Jeanette reads a chapter from When Nature Calls, a story about different animals becoming best friends.
Jeanette kneels down beside her bed and sends a special prayer to God, “Dear God, please help me become a best friend and find my special purpose in life so I will be loved and accepted by all, thank you for listening.”
Once again, Jeanette was ignored. Jeanette decided to accept the fact that she would never quite fit in with the others, even though they were odd looking characters themselves.
After school, Jeanette went straight home and to her room, come to find out that the Kookaburras were actually laughing at her.
This discovery hurt very much, so decided the best thing to do would be to run away.
She packed some leaves in a bag, the next morning, she would act as if she were going to school, then high tail it out of the community forever.
Jeanette woke up the next morning with a knot in the center of her stomach. But was convinced she was doing the right thing.
Just as she passed the other Joeys playing together, she rounded the corner, then bypassed the school.
She now felt the lump go away and smiled as she kept increasing the distance between her, the Joeys, the school and most of all her problems.
The school was the size now, it would fit in her pouch, she thought, then went sad because she never really seen her pouch.
As she stayed hid on the outskirts of town, she heard some female yell for help.
There were a pack of dogs that had a Tasmanian Devil mom and her two Joeys stuck in a tree with nowhere to go.
Jeanette thought about Bartholomew at school, how mean he had been to her, so she decided to ignore the cries for help.
Then she thought about Mrs. Waffle saying she had a special purpose in life.
Jeanette realized it is her chance to help someone and make a difference.
Jeanette drummed up the courage, then ran toward the sound, jumped on the back of the first dog, scratching it the best she could, then leaped frog across to another doing the same thing.
She reached the tree, one of the dogs grabbed her left foot attempting to pull her to her doom in the middle of the enraged group of dogs.
With one last swipe across the dog’s nose, the dog let go and scampered away in pain.
Jeanette’s left leg was severely damaged, but she continued to climb the tree.
At last she reached the mom and her two babies.
“We haven’t got much time, hand me a baby, then you and the other baby climb in my pouch so we can get to a safe place,” instructed Jeanette.
As soon as Jeanette was able to get them to a safe and familiar place, she collapsed from the pain and badly wounded leg.
The mom ran inside the building to get help for Jeanette.
Mrs. Waffle came out and discovered it was Jeanette that was injured.
Mrs. Waffle called the Marsupial’s Mercy Hospital where Jeanette was taken to be cared for.
Bartholomew stood there laughing.
“Whatever happened to her should have attacked her stupid pouch instead of her leg,” commented Bartholomew.
All the other Joeys began to laugh.
Bartholomew’s mom grabbed him by the ear with her teeth and made him submit and listen to what happened.
“If it weren’t for her, your two brothers and I would probably had been eaten by the pack of dogs that had us trapped in a tree,” said Rita, Bartholomew’s mom.
“You mean she saved you?” asked Bartholomew.
“Yes, don’t tell me she is the same one I got the note about from your teacher?” asked Rita.
“Yes mom,” answered Bartholomew.
“You better hope she is okay, how dare you judge someone else who may be different, God made her this way, for just that purpose, to save us,” commented Rita.
“Okay class, no more school for the rest of the day, I expect to see you all at the hospital supporting and praying for the recovery of our classmate, your homework will be to write and tell me what you have learned from this” instructed Mrs. Waffle.
The class agreed that this would be a lesson to learn from.
That night at the hospital, Jeanette was in the recovery room from surgery, she was still groggy, but could see all her classmates surrounding her bed.
“I believe I speak for the whole class to say how sorry we are for how we treated you and if you could forgive us, we would all love to be your best friends,” said Bartholomew in a humbling voice.
Jeanette had tears streaming down the sides of her cheeks, “I forgive you all and would love to have you all as best friends.”
Jeanette went back to sleep and slept for the next twelve hours.
The next morning, at 11am, Jeanette was released from the hospital to the care of her mother.
On the way home, Jeanette began to speak, “I had a dream of all dreams that everyone in my class loved me now and they all wanted to be my best friends.”
Judy smiled and spoke back to Jeanette, ”I have found a doctor, a specialist who can put your pouch where it belongs and there is strong chance you may then be able to have babies.”
“When can it be done, this is exciting,” said Jeanette.
“One thing at a time, your leg has to be fully healed before we can have your pouch fixed,” replied Judy.
“I can’t wait, then maybe everyone will accept me and love me,” said Jeanette.
Judy and Jeanette arrive home, Jeanette hobbles on the leg with the support of crutches.
Judy opens the front door and Jeanette enters first.
“Surprise!” yells all her classmates, their parents and Mrs. Waffle.
“It wasn’t a dream!” yells Jeanette.
Jeanette is the center of attention with hugs and gifts from everyone.
After the party, as she is helped to her bed, she asks her mom a question, “Mom, would you be mad or disappointed if I didn’t want the surgery to fix my pouch?”
“What made you change your mind?” asked Judy.
“Now I am loved for who I am, no need to change to try to fit in,” explained Jeanette.
“You have always been loved, now others see what your dad and I have seen all along, the real inner beauty of you,” said Judy.
“Good night mom,” said Jeanette.
“Pleasant dreams,” answered back Judy.
Judy leaves Jeanette’s bedroom and closes the door behind her.
“Dear God, thank you for showing me my special purpose, most of all thank you for the way I am,” said Jeanette.
The End

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