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Topic: Garden (09/07/06)
TITLE: The Sixth Day in the Garden, As Told by the Cockroach
By Teri Wilson
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He’s desperately trying to get our attention for some sort of important announcement.
“Hear ye, hear ye,” he warbles. “All fish of the sea, birds of the air and every living creature that moves on the ground is hereby commanded to gather at the garden entrance for the Naming Ceremony. All living creatures will be assigned a name and a suitable companion will be selected for Adam, a Man made in the Creator’s image.”
It’s a little tough to understand what he’s saying, with all the clucking between words, but we get the idea. The animals are all in a tizzy about getting names and a stampede starts heading for the entrance to the garden. I understand why everyone’s so excited. I, myself, am tired of answering to, “Hey you! Crunchy thing.”
However, the part of the announcement I find particularly fascinating is the search for a companion for Adam. Now, I wasn’t born yesterday. Okay, it was earlier today. Still, I’m no dummy. Obviously, if this Adam guy has been made in the Creator’s image he’s going to be pretty important in the scheme of things around here. If I can get selected as his companion, I’ll be sitting pretty.
It’s a mob scene at the garden gates and all the animals are primping. Those with fur are fluffing themselves up and trying to look adorable. A black and white striped creature with hooves approaches me and asks, “Does this hide make me look fat?”
“No. Actually it’s quite slimming.” She does look good. Obviously, I’m not going to win this thing with my good looks.
An angel holding a clipboard taps me on the wing. “Here’s your number: 457,239. Do not approach Adam until your number has been called.”
Angels can be so bossy. Give them a clipboard and a badge and… well, you know what I mean.
I have a while to wait for my turn, so I watch the animals in line before me as they vie for the coveted position of Adam’s Companion. A very tall creature with a neck stretching up to the sky is standing before the Man. The Creator watches as Adam looks in up awe, enraptured.
“Ahhh, Giraffe,” he says in a breathy tone.
This is going to be tougher than I thought. The Man seems pretty impressed by outward appearances. Those of us who wear their skeletons on the outside are going to have a clear disadvantage.
Next up is a furry little thing with a wagging tail. He runs over to Adam and licks him right on the face. Have you ever seen such a suck-up? It’s disgusting. The creature is literally drooling all over himself and Adam is eating it up.
Finally, it’s my turn. I spit-polish my exoskeleton and scamper toward Adam. At first he doesn’t even notice me.
“Hey, I’m down here!” I wave my antennae back and forth seductively.
“Eek,” Adam shrieks and tries to hide behind the Creator.
“Sheesh, be a Man,” the Creator says and pushes Adam towards me. That phrase has a ring to it. I think it might catch on.
“Um, Mr. Adam. I know I’m not as big and attractive as some of the other animals here. But, I could be quite useful. You won’t even need to feed me. I’ll clean up all your messes and just feast on the crumbs you leave behind. Please give me a chance.”
Adam just looks at me in disgust and doesn’t say a word. Clearly I need to swallow my pride and grovel like the stupid Dog. I spread my sheer wings and fly directly toward Adam. I’m trying to land sweetly on his shoulder, but he’s shrieking like the animal he named Howler Monkey and waving his arms around. He might actually be trying to kill me.
“Okay, back off.” I’m being escorted away from the garden entrance by one of the angels. As I’m led away, I hear the Man say, “Ugh, Cockroach.”
It’s okay, though. Rumor has it Adam can’t choose an animal for his companion because he’s so darned picky. The Creator has made a new human named Woman and I have a feeling we’re going to get along great!
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