Sunday, August 2, 2015

How the Platypus came to be so...? (a children's short story)

(Yes, I wrote this--and published it. Several years ago, but this is the short version.)


How the platypus became a… 
“What ARE you?!” animal

Poor Platypus! He was born with nothing special. No claws, no sharp teeth, no…nothing! He was just ordinary. And he was SO jealous of other animals! They had weapons--and special things—and he had NOTHING.

So…he called and called and called: “Oh, Mother Nature! Can you hear me? It’s Platypus!”

    And the wind blew, and the trees waved, and a voice answered, “Yes, I hear you. What is it you want?”


Platypus was SO excited! “I want a weapon!!” he said. “A weapon to scare other animals! Please-please-please!” And the voice answered, “Yes, it shall be tomorrow.”

   And the next day, Platypus woke up, and there on his foot: a sharp claw that had poison in it! How brave he was now! He dared all the animals to fight him, but they said no.


But that was not enough for him. And so… he called and called and called: “Oh, Mother Nature! Can you hear me? It’s Platypus!”

And the wind blew, and the trees waved, and a voice answered, “Yes, I hear you. What is it you want?”

And again, he was SO excited! “I want to be a great swimmer! Help me be the best in the water! Please-please-please!!” And the voice answered, “Yes, it shall be tomorrow.”

    And the next morning: there were four wonderful webbed feet for diving and swimming, and even a flat big tail for splashing! Platypus dared all the animals to beat him in a race in the water, but they all said no.


But that was not enough for him. And so… he called and called and called: “Oh, Mother Nature! Can you hear me? It’s Platypus!” 

But there was no answer. So he called again—and again—and AGAIN! He really yelled now! “Hey! Hey!! Mother Nature!! Hey!!”

And now the wind began to blow HARD, and the trees began to lose branches, and a voice answered, “WHAT DO YOU WANT NOW? YOU ARE NOT HAPPY YET?! YOU HAVE A BIG MOUTH, PLATYPUS!”

And right there…in front of his face…a duck bill began to grow!! And he opened his mouth and began to say, “But I didn’t ask for this!”

But Mother Nature was REALLY mad now, and She said, “Oh, you didn’t, eh? Well, leave me alone! Go lay an egg or something and be gone!!”

And Platypus walked back to his home…where Mrs. Platypus was waiting for him. She said, “NOW what have you done? I have a surprise for you. I sat down for a moment—and look! I laid an egg! We are mammals—now with a mouth like a bird—and NOW we lay eggs? What did you ask for THIS time, you fool?”

   And all Platypus could do was wave his webbed feet in surprise and flap his tail and shake his duck bill in surprise…and that is why the Platypus is a surprise to all other animals. He doesn't know WHAT he is!


He is like many of them—but he is like nothing else but…a platypus.


(C) MDLOP8 2015

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