THE HAPPY FISHERMAN
Auntie DiOnce upon a time, there was a very kind man who lived in a cabin by a beautiful blue sparkling river. He loved his home by the river. He was known far and wide as a great fisherman and could wade into the river and pick fish from the water with his bare hands. There were all kinds of fish in his river; rainbow trout, bass, minnows, alligator gars and so many more. Sitting in the sun on the rocks by his cabin were salamanders, turtles and snails.
One day he invited some friends to go fishing with him. As they waded into the river, they saw a bright yellow clown fish swimming in happy circles. The fisherman's friends decided to wade farther down the river to find a better place to fish. The happy fisherman started to follow them but suddenly something in the water caught his eye. A big sparkling pink fish was swimming near his boots so he reached quickly into the water and brought the fish out with both hands. To his surprise, the fish looked him in the eye and said, "Please put me down, I'm late for a date!" The fisherman was so surprised he jumped back, let go of the fish and watched it swim quickly away.
As he waded down the river to his friends, the happy fisherman could hear the songs of birds in the trees and the barking of his Labrador Retriever in the background. Fish were jumping everywhere in the water, trying to catch bugs for their dinner. The fisherman suddenly heard yelling and looked up the river to find that his friends had all fallen into a deeper part of the blue river. The water was so deep they had to swim back to the shallows. The fisherman ran to his friends and pulled them out one by one. As each of his friends stood up, he saw that they all had fish hanging out of all their pockets and their boots. They all started laughing as fish were jumping in the air and back into the water.
By this time, the sun was beginning to set behind the tall pines so they all started back to the cabin for the night. Everyone was hungry and the happy fisherman also wanted to get back to feed his trusty black lab Shadow. After they got back to the cabin, the fisherman cooked spaghetti and meatballs for his friends. After dinner, they all gathered around the fire to tell fish stories and sing songs. Shadow howled along to their lovely tunes. As the moon rose high in the star-filled sky, the happy fisherman and his friends went to sleep to dream about another good day on the sparkling blue river.
So, there you have it. A story written by two feverish children and a tired Auntie. Not bad at all!!
THANK YOU SOLAN FOR YOUR INSPIRATION AND GENEROSITY.