Our Never-ending Story

Earth Hour

Once upon a time, there was a dog named Bog…”

So began Earth Hour at the Rodericks Residence.
We brought it forward to 7pm so that C1 and C2 could take part too. Here’s what ensued: Lights out. All iDevices switched off. A candlelit dinner. Shadow puppets on the wall. Tales about the ‘olden days’ when Nana and Papa grew up without electricity. The need to conserve energy and protect our planet. And this, below, was the never-ending story we crafted.

* Warning: The story might not make sense in some places. Let’s face it, in my family, we hardly ever do. 😉
* Every time you see a “…”, it indicates where one of us stopped and the next person took over from the story.
* I have filled in a few blanks along the way for cohesion. But by and large, I stayed true to the original tale. It had to pass the muster with C1 and C2!

So getting back to our story:

Once upon a time, there was a dog named Bog…

Bog looked like an ordinary dog. Ordinary brown fur. Waggy tail. A woof-woof bark. That sort of thing. But he was a dog in possession of an extraordinary power….

But only when it rained…
You see, when it rained, Bog turned blue…
No, not from the cold. When it rained, Bog’s fur turned a mysterious, magical blue. When it rained, Bog became Bog, the Magical Dog…
The rain gave him powers to do all sorts of extraordinary feats.
Climbing up tall towers…
Biting baddies in the bum…
Picking up after his poos in the park…
Performing magic…

Mind you, this did not happen if he got wet some other way – like when his master gave him a bath or took him to the beach. He tried. It did not work…

Now more than anything, Bog wanted to perform at the circus. The Russian circus…
But how was he going to get there? He didn’t see himself swimming across the seven seas. He didn’t have a passport. He didn’t have any money to buy a plane ticket…

What he did have was a suitcase. A Travelling Trunk. Just like him, it looked brown and ordinary – but just like him, it was magical. So he got into the trunk and…

Zip! Zap!! Zoom!!! In a split-second, Bog was off to Russia to join the travelling circus. But there was no circus tent. Instead of the Big Top, they performed in the Big Bus. It went places. It was a travelling circus, remember?…

But it was not what he expected…
Instead of letting him perform, the lions wanted to gobble him up. ROAR!!!…
Instead of a ball, Sammy the seal just wanted to balance Bog on his nose…
Instead of rain, there was cold, cold snow – brrrrr! How was he supposed to do his magic tricks?…

And he couldn’t even speak Russian….
“Как тебя зовут?” asked the ringmaster.
“Woof! Woof!” replied Bog in Doglish…
It was no good. Bog’s dreams of becoming a circus performer were dashed…

Then Bog remembered the song his Grandpa always sang, “The rain in Spain falls mainly in the plain…”
Of course! Rain-Spain. So he got into his magical Travelling Trunk and thought of Spain…

Zip! Zap!! Zoom!!! In a split-second, Bog was in sunny Spain.
Yes, sunny! Not a rain cloud in sight. It was conducive to siestas and sombreros. Not wet weather magic tricks.

So once again, Bog packed his Travelling Trunk and dreamed that it was raining…
Lollipops!
Yes, he was in the Land of LollipopsAndLemonade…
It rained jelly beans and gum drops and lollipops in every flavoursome flavour. He slept on pillow-soft marshmallows. He hopped across a stream of fizzy lemonade on chocolate stepping stones…
Scrumdiddlyumptious indeed!

And there he met other magical animal friends just like him…
Splash and Squash, the Hippopotamice; Toothy, the Crackodile and Rat, Bat and Cat – the rat, bat and cat! (What did you expect?)
Bog thought he could happily live in the Land of LollipopsAndLemonade forever….
And so he did.
Wouldn’t you?

The End.

So tell me, did you observe Earth Hour? Do you think it makes a difference to the environment? Have you ever told never-ending tales with family and friends?

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