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. . . say Cheese!

September 26, 2009

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I haven’t participated in Sunday Scribbings for a while but this week’s prompt, “Cheese,” reminded me of a fable I heard many years ago. So many years in fact, I have probably made many changes in the retelling. But I think you should get a chuckle out of it anyways . . .

. . . Say Cheese

It was the middle of a hot, dry summer and a fly was resting on a leaf on flya limb of a tree that was bent down close to the surface of a lake. The fly was so hot and so dry and he said to no one in particular, “Gosh, if I go down three inches I will be able to feel the mist from the water and I will be refreshed.”

Just below the water’s surface, a fish circled slowly, fish1                       carefully watching the fly on the leaf above the water. The fish had been watching the fly in hopes it would fall into the water. He became excited to hear the fly’s plan to come closer to the water. “Gosh, if the fly comes down three inches, I can jump out of the water and catch him and eat him!”

bearNow there also happened to be a bear hiding behind a tree on the shore of the lake. He had been watching the drama unfold between the fly and the fish. “Gosh, if that fly goes down three inches, that fish will jump out of the water to catch it and I will be able to grab the fish!”

 

As it would happen on this hot summer day, a hunter hunterwas further up the bank of the lake, preparing to eat a cheese sandwich as he watched the drama unfold between the fly, the fish and the bear.  “Gosh!” he thought, “If that fly goes down three inches and that fish leaps for it, then that bear will come out of his hiding place and grab for the fish. I’ll shoot the bear and then I will have a proper lunch.”

You are probably thinking this is enough drama for one bank of a lake, but I can assure you there was more.

mouseA wee mouse sat by the hunter’s foot, eyeing the cheese sandwich the hunter had made. “Gosh, if that fly goes down three inches and that fish jumps for that fly and that bear grabs for that fish, the dumb hunter will drop his cheese sandwich so he can shoot that bear!”

Unfortunately, the mouse did not know a cat was lurking in the bushes, also watching the drama unfold that hot summer day on the bank of the lake.  Gosh, if that fly goes down three inches… cat
and that fish jumps for that fly…
and that bear grabs for that fish …
and that hunter shoots that bear…
and that mouse makes off with the cheese sandwich…
then I can have mouse and a cheese sandwich for lunch!”

The poor fly, finally so hot and so dry, decided to head down for the cooling mist of the water…
The fish jumped out of the water and swallowed the fly…
The bear came out from behind the tree and grabbed the fish…            The hunter dropped his cheese sandwich and shot the bear…
The mouse grabbed the cheese sandwich…
The cat jumps for the mouse…
The mouse ducks…
The cat falls into the water and drowns.

The moral of the story is…
zipper

Whenever a fly goes down three inches,  somewhere there’s a pussy in trouble.

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33 Comments leave one →
  1. September 26, 2009 3:41 am

    Oh, that was brilliant 🙂
    Loved it.

    • cricket51 permalink*
      September 26, 2009 10:48 am

      ~~Thank you Anthony, but I can not take credit for all the brillance as I heard this fable many years ago.

  2. September 26, 2009 6:06 am

    hahahaha naughty in the end 😛 loved the domino effect gone wrong.

    • cricket51 permalink*
      September 26, 2009 10:50 am

      ~~Hi Floreta and thank you for stopping by. I think it was the domino effect which kept this fable in my memory bank, and of course being a little naughty in the end too! Cricket

  3. September 26, 2009 12:43 pm

    Liked this!

    😀

    dad, will you walk one more time with me?

    • cricket51 permalink*
      September 26, 2009 4:05 pm

      ~~Thank you for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed this. I am looking forward to reading yours. Cricket

  4. September 26, 2009 1:13 pm

    i don’t care where that came from, it is funny. made my morning
    thank you for a good laugh.

    • cricket51 permalink*
      September 26, 2009 4:06 pm

      Hi and thanks for stopping by. This one always makes me laugh too. “The best laid plans of mice and men aft go astray.” Cricket

  5. September 26, 2009 2:36 pm

    Thank you so much, this was really funny!

    • cricket51 permalink*
      September 26, 2009 4:07 pm

      ~~Thank you Maria. I’m glad you got a chuckle from this. We all need a little laughter from time to time. Cricket

  6. September 26, 2009 8:40 pm

    Very late with my *mingle* but I loved the story!!

    • cricket51 permalink*
      September 27, 2009 7:59 pm

      ~~Thanks for stopping by. Cricket

  7. September 26, 2009 9:47 pm

    lol an early smile was stamped on my face 🙂

    • cricket51 permalink*
      September 27, 2009 7:59 pm

      ~~It is always nice to start a day with a smile. Thanks for stopping by. Cricket

  8. September 27, 2009 7:29 am

    Nice one 😀

    ~~Thank you! Cricket

  9. September 27, 2009 7:40 am

    Awesome, I did a loud laugh that made people look at me.

    • cricket51 permalink*
      September 27, 2009 8:01 pm

      LOL – it is good to keep people wandering! Cricket

  10. September 27, 2009 9:55 am

    eep.

    loved it!
    xox

    • cricket51 permalink*
      September 27, 2009 8:02 pm

      ~~I glad you you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by. Cricket

  11. amillionbrilliantshadows permalink
    September 27, 2009 4:05 pm

    The ending was unexpected, but I loved it. It definitely gave me a much needed dose of laughter for the afternoon.

    • cricket51 permalink*
      September 27, 2009 8:03 pm

      ~~Don’t just love those stories with a twist! I’m glad your afternoon perked up with laughter. Cricket

  12. September 27, 2009 4:20 pm

    HAHAHAHAHA OH mY GOD.. I didn’t expect that ending!!
    all along I am smiling and reminiscing about that old song…
    there was an old woman who swallowed a fly.. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly…. (remember that one???) and Then!! The killer hysterical ending…
    GREAT fun!!!
    so happy you visited me which helped me discover yOU! :))

    • cricket51 permalink*
      September 27, 2009 8:05 pm

      ~~ues I remember the woman who swallowed a fly, but I don’t know she swalloed that fly! LOL Thanks for stopping by. Cricket

  13. September 27, 2009 5:30 pm

    A really amusing piece with a perfect end ending! Loved it.

    • cricket51 permalink*
      September 27, 2009 8:06 pm

      ~~the ending gets everyone everytime – something not expected. Cricket

  14. September 27, 2009 7:23 pm

    That was freaking great! LMAO

    • cricket51 permalink*
      September 27, 2009 8:07 pm

      ~~I am so glad you got a good laugh out of this. Thanks for stopping by. Cricket

  15. September 27, 2009 9:09 pm

    Oh my..I was thinking about the old woman who swallowed the fly too, caught me by surprise – NOT the children’s song at all LOL – that was awesome!

  16. September 27, 2009 10:09 pm

    I so did not expect that ending. And I am so passing this one on.
    Thanks for stopping by my scribble.

  17. September 27, 2009 10:19 pm

    I hadn’t heard this fable before. And while you can’t take full credit for it, you told/wrote it very well. 🙂

    I especially like the way you kept up the suspense. Considering the amount of repetition in this tale, that’s quite a feat. And reading it aloud (which I did, to my boyfriend) is fun.

    Thanks for sharing.

  18. September 27, 2009 10:45 pm

    Now that is really cute.

    b

  19. September 29, 2009 12:26 pm

    Very clever! And true, too, sad to say…

  20. October 7, 2009 8:37 pm

    HAHAHA. That is hilarious. Loved it!

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