Animal Fantasy, Fable, Fantasy, Main Genre: Adult Fable, posts

“The Jellyfish Who Wanted a Backbone” (an Adult Fable)

One fine blue day in the ocean, Jellyfish was floating through the water, propelling himself with his tentacles. He did not have a fancy backbone or fins like the fishes in the sea, and felt rather limited by his own form of movement.

Nevertheless, he drifted around quite effectively, working with the currents to always get where he was going.

When twilight fell, he happened to float by Sponge—the longest-living creature in the ocean. Sponge was more than 1,000 years old and always oozed out his wisdom, while other creatures took in his advice.

And as usual, Sponge was secreting sage words to the fish that hovered around him, stopping and using their backbone to sway gently back and forth and stay in one place.

Sponge declared, “Character is everything! Humans sometimes call it having a backbone.” He gurgled ruefully. “Of course, some of us have character without a backbone.” And all the fish bubbled in laughter.

Jellyfish was stunned—he wanted a “character” type of backbone if he couldn’t have a real backbone himself. He knew exactly who to ask about character: the only writer in the ocean, which was Octopus (he was the only one with ink). He was writing about characters all the time.

Once Jellyfish asked Octopus how he could have backbone—or character—Octopus explained the concept with a smile and gestured with his eight tentacles.

“Oh yes, oh yes….It’s true,” he said, in his quick speech that flipped through the waves as quickly as his arms. “You can have character in this way. Sponge was talking about having character in life. How can you get it, you ask? Why is it everything?”

Jellyfish did not have eyes, but he felt himself blink, for Octopus knew his questions before he asked them.

Octopus continued, “Finding your character is not a destination, like reaching the other end of the ocean. You have character now—you’re a good jellyfish. You will become an even better jellyfish as you swim through even more waves, and by the end of your life, you will have even more.”

Jellyfish did an internal blink again. He thought he understood what Octopus meant. It was enough to know that even in his current form, and even though he had no backbone, he already had formed character.

MORAL: Character is what you become…and for good creatures, what you are while becoming it.

 

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“The Good Dog with No Confidence” (an Adult Fable)

There once was a dog who was so good he became known only as “Good Boy.” He knew he had another name at the vet and the groomer, but he cherished this second name above all else — for he loved being a “good boy” in the tough world in which he and his human dad, “Hooman,” lived.

One day, Good Boy saw that Hooman was watching some type of video on his screen. The movie was talking about something called “confidence” that Good Boy had never heard of.

It talked about how, if you have confidence, it means you know you have something to offer.

Good Boy was astonished. Hooman had been through so much. Maybe that’s why Hooman could not feel this “confidence”? Maybe because Hooman had been through rough times, he could not always be confident, like the video talked about.

Or maybe if he had it, he just didn’t show it.

But Good Boy knew Hooman was still a good person and had a good heart. Good Boy knew what was good. Hooman fed and cared for him and other people. Hooman worked hard and was honest.

Good Boy did not understand why this “confidence” mattered more than what was in Hooman’s heart.

Even worse….Good Boy did not think he had confidence himself. He had never even heard of it before! He thought in horror, “Does that mean I am not really a good boy?

MORAL: When it comes to others, look at their heart and goodness. These matter above all else.

 

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