Don’t Hide


Image from Bluebell Books Short Story Slam Week 6


“You don’t have to hide behind my back. It will be alright,” Digna the dog appeased her new found friend Emphie the elephant.

“What if they laugh at me because of my enormous nose? My huge legs? And my jumbo butt?”

“What if they like you because of your awesome nose? Your strong legs? And your…your jumbo butt?”

As they come near to the meadow, Emphie could see Digna’s playmates dancing, laughing, and having a good time.

“Hello everyone! Sorry I’m late,” Digna apologized.

“You’re late and you’re dead! There’s an elephant behind you! Run! Everybody runnnnnnn!”

“Wait! You don’t have to be scared with Emphie. Please stay.”

“What if that beast hit us with her enormous nose? Kick us with her huge legs?”

“And what about her jumbo…jumbo butt?” As soon as the words were out, the dogs can’t control their laughter, “Bowwowwahahahaha!”

“Digna, I told you…,” Emphie sadly whispered.

“Please stop it! You’re hurting Emphie. She actually doesn’t want to come here because you might laugh at her and she’s right. Just because she’s big doesn’t mean we should be scared of her or laugh at her. Doesn’t it occur to you to you that she could actually be the scared one? The shy one?”

“She is?!”

Swoosh swoosh swoosh…

“This is so much fun Emphie! I love swinging in your awesome nose!”

“And running around your strong legs!”

“And how I wish I have your jumbo butt and paint it with rainbow and put a smile on everybody’s lips!”

Emphie smiled. Her heart smiled. She knew it’s one of her loveliest smiles.

“You don’t have to hide behind my back. It will be alright,” Emphie appeased her new found friend Digna. “There’s no ghost but magic under the stars.”


37 Responses to “Don’t Hide”

  1. you got infinite potential, keep it up.

    hope to see and read your week 7 entry.


  2. Such beautiful words, moral and narrative. It moved my heart and bought a smile to my eye. If only we all had a Digna to tell us not to hide.
    The Lonely Recluse.

    • bendedspoon Says:

      If we can be Digna, it’s as good as having Digna tell us, “Come out and shine”. Thank you for that smile in your eye! Blessings to you 🙂

  3. Such a sweet tale 🙂

  4. Bodhirose Says:

    A wonderful story and even more nice because your children had some input. You all came up with important lessons for us to remember about each other. Love the “jumbo butt” part!

  5. pbus1 Says:

    Such a lovely story, with a most powerful message! It brought to mind the adage, “Don’t judge a book by ts cover.” Man looks upon the outward appearance, but God looks into the heart of man. May we all strive to be more like the Lord.

    May the Lord bless you and your little ones, richly! 🙂


    • bendedspoon Says:

      Yes, the cover alone may not be telling the entire story. Grateful that God looks into the heart of man else I might just be another unnoticed book in the shelf.
      Huggs and blessings to you — from me and the kiddos! 🙂

  6. mish Says:

    This is such an important message ~ we may be different but we all have something special and unique to contribute to society ! Well done !

  7. Awww such a sweet and happy ending. So relieved for Emphie!

  8. A.B. Thomas Says:

    A delightful way to subtly present a powerful message!

  9. More friends made – even with a jumbo butt! 😀

    I love this sweet, empathetic story. Thanks for sharing. My attempt at the prompt is here:

  10. Ann Says:

    Thank you, Princess Rea

    I like this much and the story behind it makes it even more special 😉

    Kudos to you and the little ones 🙂

    Blessings much

    • bendedspoon Says:

      Ann, I enjoyed hearing the thoughts of each of my kiddos. There was an orphan dog, a dog with pet elephant, an elephant bully. How I wish I can write real good and capture their imagination. Maybe they can, they can start trying 🙂

  11. Bianca Says:

    We can learn much when we welcome others in.
    Outstanding story!

  12. Lovely well written story, I enjoyed it very much 🙂

  13. Debbie Says:

    Such a special story and all the more so because you wrote it with your kiddos! 🙂 I love that! And you!

    • bendedspoon Says:

      Really special Deb. First, they said wow when I showed them the photo then I said, “Can we make a short story out of that?” When I heard “Okay!” and saw their smiles, I knew I’ll have another precious moment to thank for. I’m so in love with life yesterday, to so many…and today and the next. Cheesy with love 🙂

  14. reezy Says:

    we should all be thankful for our blessings and learn to appreciate ..only then we can share it and welcome the gift of friendship…

    thank you for the inspiration..keep on writing…

  15. This was a wonderful story with a great message! 🙂


  16. Good use of the prompt and a great lesson for any child.

    • bendedspoon Says:

      The kiddos and I had fun with this prompt. Each of us shared ideas and came up with this. This is special because of the precious time spent with them 🙂

  17. A wonderful tale about a loving, supporting friendship. Very nice!

  18. Jingle Says:

    sometimes, we lack confidence to feel wanted and beautiful,

    impressive one, thanks for the treat.

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