Funny Stories and Humor by C.L. (Cindy) Beck
Tags: Fairy tale, funny stories
Now, in this galaxy far, far away ….
Oh, all right, it was Utah, which to some people seems like another galaxy, but is actually a cool place to live. As long as you don’t mind concrete for dirt and growing weeds for vegetables.
At any rate, a man (who shall remain nameless, but for the sake of convenience we will call him Russ) wanted to arrive at the conference early. His wife, Cindy, and their dog Corky Porky Pie—both of whom shall also remain nameless—did not agree.
Cindy eyed Russ, giving him a most daunting glare—and daunting was no easy task since she was standing there in her underwear and with her hair sticking pointy-uppy-out. “Listen, do you hear that?” she said, gesturing toward the great outdoors.
Russ cocked his head, like a bird looking for a worm … which was all he would get for breakfast if he didn’t quit insisting they had to leave early for the meeting. “Hear what?”
“That’s my point exactly. You can’t hear anything. And that’s because not even the chickens are awake at four in the morning. We do not need to leave for this conference before the sun comes up.”
Now, it’s well known among fairy tale readers that Cindy never exaggerates. No, not even once. Russ, on the other hand, is prone to enlarging stories until they bear no resemblance to reality. Especially when he’s telling a lie … er, I mean … tale about Cindy.
And now that we’ve clarified that point, let’s move on. Russ pointed to Corky Porky Pie. “Look, the Corky Monster is up and running.”
Corky Porky Pie—who lay fast asleep in his kennel—gave a great snore and tucked his head against his chest. Russ would say it was to keep warm, but
For the next several hours while Cindy tried to tame her pointy-uppy hair, Russ paced the floor repeating the phrase, “It’s time to go.” And every once in a while, for variety, he’d say, “Are you ready to go?”
Time flew by and a half hour before the meeting’s scheduled opening, Cindy was finally set. “I don’t see the point in being there early," she said with gentle persuasion. (Although Russ insists I tell you it was more like, "she whined.") "The place will be empty. A two-hour meeting is long as it is, and there won’t be any padded seats available no matter what time we go. If you make me sit an extra half hour on those metal chairs, my butt will go to sleep, and when we leave I’ll end up walking like Jar-Jar Binks from Star Wars.”
Russ raised one eyebrow and looked at Cindy’s butt, but with the wisdom acquired from many years of sleeping on the couch, wisely said nothing about her
As they drove to the meetinghouse, traffic stood at a standstill for miles around. “See, I told you we needed to leave earlier,” Russ said, shaking his finger at Cindy. She leaned over and with a snap of her teeth, barely missed taking Russ’s finger off at the elbow. Well, that’s what she envisioned doing, anyway.
In reality, all she said was, “Humph.”
They finally arrived at the parking lot with minutes to spare and discovered the lot was full. Mumbling words that would later require washing his own mouth out with soap, Russ drove block after block, looking for a parking spot. When they found one, they dashed down the sidewalk toward the building, and in the process, Cindy lost her glass slipper, which fell into the storm drain and was neither heard from nor seen again. This was just as well, because it didn’t fit anyway, and Cindy only wore it because Russ had rushed her.
Pushing their way past the teeming masses, they tried to find a soft seat near the front, but since people had claimed entire benches weeks in advance, none were found. With Russ muttering, “I was so right,” and Cindy muttering, “This is insane. Let’s go home and maybe they’ll show it on TV,” they searched for two spots. They finally found a pair of hard metal chairs, all the way in the back where neither man nor beast could hear anything, and the honored speakers were so far away they looked like ants on a hill. To this day, neither Cindy nor Russ knows what the presenter said, and Cindy did walk out like Jar Jar Binks. Only her arms weren’t as long.
And so ends the fairy tale. Russ would say it all proves that the early bird does get the worm … and Cindy claims that the dumb bird could just as easily stay home and watch “Worms of Distinction” on Animal Planet.
------ "A Modern Fairy Tale" © C.L. (Cindy) Beck------
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