avoiding a painful tumble
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DESCRIPTIONA circus fairy tale in whichtwo people surmount obstacles gracefully.
Avoiding A Painful Tumble A Circus Fairy Tale
in which two very different people surmount obstacles gracefully.
Morgan tripped down the line, doing his semi-
dance to entertain the people outside the Big Top
who were waiting for the show to begin. In the
circus, everyone has a job, and he was suited for his.
He thought of being a trick rider, and jumping
through a hoop held by Circus Girl, but his
diminished stature prevented him. He could not
safely bounce that way.
She, however, believed in all possibilities,
and because she rode an elephant, everything in her
gaze was equally short, and therefore equally able to
live a life of positive outcomes. Many times she
invited him to try to perform, and many times he
refused, becoming more ashamed of what he could
not help with each invitation. Regardless of the
smooth rhythm and strength of the finest horse, he
knew he would painfully tumble. It was not a choice;
it was the way he was made.
Then one day, as the weather chapped her skin, she
slid off the elephant and tiptoed to the ground below.
In the moment that her slippered feet hit the earth,
she found a new recognition, and at once believed
Morgan to be who he said he was all along, reliant on
taller folk, misshapen, and timid. His eyes, finally,
convincingly, forced her to stop hoping for his
Circus Girl remained confident on the back of
her loyal beast, shining inside the Big Top, and
Morgan remained on the Midway, shiny himself in a
different light. Sometimes he watched her through a
crack, because she was interesting and talented, and
sometimes she commented on his performance as she
strolled along the Midway. It was not necessary for
them to be sad when currents of rushing Circus-goers
moved them in different directions, for they were well
matched to their particular ways of living, and
therefore lived peacefully ever after.
Grey Johnson is from a small town in the
Southeastern United States.
She lives a quiet life with a loud imagination.
You can contact her at [email protected]