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Monday, April 4, 2011

Big Elephant in Little Rowboat

I recently posted a zentangle that I titled, Big Elephant in Little Rowboat.  Everyone (meaning the couple of people who asked) wanted to know how elephant got to sea.  Ledenzer made a comment about drawing other animals in precarious situations (LeeAnn is my muse this week, lol!), and this is the story that popped into my brain:

Well, one day the animals are complaining about their dwindling food supply, and how the balance of nature is being upset.  They blame this on the humans, and decide to take over the world and demand more food.  Animals live in the now, and they launch their war on the spot.  Each group of animals goes their own way, not bothering to make any plans.


The elephants march to the ocean, and they can see a cruise ship floating in the distance.

Big Elephant  says, “Cruise ships have all kinds of food!  You can eat 24 hours a day.  Everyone knows that.  Let’s take over the cruise ship!” 

Littlest Elephant says, “Look.  There’s a bunch of rowboats.  We can row out to the ship, and shoot snot at it, until they agree to our demands!”  Elephants love to shoot snot out their trunks.  Just ask anyone who ever been close to elephants.

The elephants love this idea, and pile into the rowboats.  To their dismay most of them sink, tip over, or break into pieces.    Only Big Elephant manages to float out to sea, and once afloat, he is none too happy.  He hadn’t realized how choppy seawater waves are, and how uncomfortable a big elephant stomach can get.

As he draws closer one of the passengers aboard the ship sees his plight.  “Look!” he cries, “Elephant overboard!”  The passenger knows that isn’t quite correct, but what do you say when you see an elephant in a rowboat?

Somehow, the ship’s crew manages to get him on board (I don't know how!  Didn't I say somehow? Lol!). 

Despite his gratitude, Big Elephant remains true to his objective.  When the captain comes close to shake his trunk in congratulation, Big Elephant wraps his trunk around the captain’s hand.

“I’ll sit on him,” says Big Elephant.  “I’ll sit on him unless you accede to my demands!”

“What are your demands?” asks the captain.

Big Elephant thinks about it.  The animals hadn’t really discussed their demands, so he has to wing it.
“You’ll give me enough hay to feed all the elephants in the world forever.”  That doesn’t seem enough, so he continues, “Every elephant must wander free wherever he wants to go.  But we promise we won’t step on your little dogs. Unless they bite us.  And, if we enter your house to watch TV, we’ll stay out of the bedrooms.”  He thinks some more.  “We’ll stay out of the kitchens too, if popcorn is provided.”

The passengers are charmed.  “Everyone should have access to TV and popcorn.”  They immediately turn traitor to their own kind, not quite understanding that Big Elephant is declaring war.  They insist that the captain call the Leaders of the World and present Big Elephant’s demands.  The captain isn’t quite so charmed, but he can’t feel his hand any longer, so he agrees.

The World Leaders see the possible profits to be made, and agree to Big Elephant’s demand.  They immediately begin subsidizing hay crops, and home repair businesses.  Immediately meaning as soon as the corrupt politicians have the chance to buy up hay crops and home repair shops, and the uncorrupt politicians have the chance to divert funds towards independent task forces devoted to investigating fraud and black market sales of hay.  The World Market rallies and the economy temporarily stabilizes.

Elephant has won his phase of the attack.  He wonders how Hippo, and Orangutang and Butterfly are doing.  If anyone wishes to write these stories or others, please do!  Or maybe, I should write them and put them all in a book, lol!

12 comments:

  1. This is a cute story. I was wondering how the humans got out of this withouth pissing off the Elephants.

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  2. You are too funny - what a great story, Sandra!! You SHOULD be doing a book. Thanks for the entertainment. Elephant overboard, indeed.

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  3. What a great story! You should write and illustrate your own books. Include something in the art or storyline that can be used to teach math concepts and I'll promote your book in my blog to help boost your book sales! http://bethsbookshelf.blogspot.com/

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  4. LOL you should right the book image the movie rights LOL XOXO Zoe

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  5. Thank you all! I'll keep you in mind Beth. I've got so many ideas for illustrated novels, you wouldn't believe. Now if I could only stop thinking of ideas and get them written.

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  6. Fabulous! Yes, please do write them up!

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  7. This story had me intrigued from start to finish. What a fantastic imagination you have...no wonder your zentangle designs are so intricate and fabulous.

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  9. Please go on! We want to read more stories. And see more Tangles - do you really think you will have to sleep more than two hours a day?? LOL

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