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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Birth (infancy) (08/20/09)

TITLE: Toucans in Minneapolis
By Kelly Jacobsen
08/27/09


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It was any other day in the cereal isle of the local Wal-Mart. A mom and a little red-headed, freckle-faced girl stood in front of the shelves containing such cereals as Cheerio’s, Apple Jacks, and so on. “Mommy, can I have those chocolate chip cookie ones!?” The little girl pleaded repeatedly. “Or, the Captain Crunch!”

“No, sweetie, you’ll do just fine with the Cheerios.” Her mom grabbed a box of cereal and put in the cart, as she began to head towards the end of the isle.

After a long moment of silence, the little girl began, “Mommy, did you have daddy? Are you his mommy too?”

“Through a slight chuckle her mom responded, “No, Daddy has his own mommy, his mommy is Granny. Just like I have my own mommy, and she is Grandma, and you have your own mommy, which is me.” She smiled big, waiting for her daughter’s answer.

“Hm…” A deep-in-thought expression sank into the girls face, for only a moment, then she changed topics to her Barbie dolls, what color shoes they have, and why they have those color shoes. After that whole ordeal, the little girl began again, “Mommy, where do babies come from?” As she said this people walked past, obviously over hearing, they chuckled, shook their heads, and continued on their way.

“Well, you know...” Her mom stalled for a brief second, “They come from Heaven. See? Jesus sends them to earth.”

“Yeah, but what about the movie Dumbo? How do they get here?”

“What do you mean?”

“Oh, you know, those birds…they carry the little babies or elephants to earth in blankets.”

“Ohhh…yes, I remember that.” Her mother scratched her chin. “Those are called storks; they only carry to a certain part of the world. They bring them here for Jesus. Can you guess what brings them to this part of Minneapolis?”

“Mmmmm…Ostrich?” The little girl chuckled; the idea of a bird bringing babies was quite funny.

“Nope, a Toucan.” Her mom smiled broadly. “And you know why?”

The little girl laughed, “Why Mommy!”

“Because they don’t live in Minneapolis, that’s for sure! It’s too cold! So it is so special when one comes and brings one to a mommy and daddy.”

“Ohh…” Then within seconds of what seemed “deep thought”, the little girl burst out laughing, “Mommy, you really need those Twinkies.”


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Yvonne Blake 08/28/09
So cute... creative answer to a delicate question.