I always find myself altering a story as I read it to my kids in order to keep them on the edge and add an element of surprise. They are always thrillingly awaiting the moment when my sense of humor merges with my creativity and amuses their imagination. Their laughter and amazement have inspired me to write this story titled “The Big Blue Octopus”.
Rainbow & The Big Blue Octopus
Once upon a time, far, far away, among the stars in the sky, there was a very big planet. On that planet, there was a very big ocean, and in that ocean, there lived a very big octopus. Blue he was, and Blue was his name.
The octopus lived in that ocean all by himself, or so he thought as all the other sea creatures were hiding deep, deep, deep in a very dark cave. Whales and dolphins, eels and jellyfish, shrimps and stingrays, and many other fish. There they remained, in a very dark cave, hidden and afraid, of the big blue octopus.
Every morning, as the octopus woke from his restful night, he cheerfully stretched and shouted: “This is my ocean! No other fish can swim in my ocean, as this is my ocean! All of the water, and all of the sand. All of the sunlight, and all of the moonlight. This ocean is mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!”
The Darkest Blue
One day, something happened; a young jellyfish named Rainbow decided to leave the cave and explore the mysteries of the ocean. He swam and he laughed. He danced and he sang. He played in the sand, and starred at the sun. Until he came across the darkest blue he had ever seen, and indeed, the big blue octopus he had seen!
“Hello” whispered Rainbow, but silence followed, and filled the distance between Rainbow and Blue. Blue was surprised, Blue was puzzled, Blue was angry, Blue was Blue…
“This is my ocean! No other fish can swim in my ocean, as this is my ocean! All of the water, and all of the sand. All of the sunlight, and all of the moonlight. This ocean is mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!”
Rainbow was afraid, but he remained brave, and searched for the words, that would reach Blue’s heart: “The ocean is blue, just like you. The ocean is big, just like Blue. The ocean is strong, just like you. But the ocean is free, as all of us should be! Can you be as joyful and as playful, as kindly and as friendly, as loving and forgiving, as your ocean has been?”
Blue gazed in awe, and kindly responded: “Oh my, oh my, what marvelous words. I have never heard such beautiful words. Will you sing me a song, and teach me how to sing? Will you read me a story, and teach me how to read? Will you be my friend, and teach me how play? Will you make me laugh, when I am lonely and sad?”
“Big blue octopus, don’t be so silly, I will be your friend; your very best friend!”
And all of the sea creatures gathered in joy, and celebrated this day, the day Rainbow met Blue.