A Modern Fairy Tale ... by C.L. Beck

The Early Bird Gets the Grief

Funny Stories and Humor by C.L. (Cindy) Beck

Tags: Fairy tale, funny stories

Long ago, and in a galaxy far, far away, there was an important conference. The whole area buzzed with excitement because a speaker of distinction was scheduled to talk.

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 I say Cindy says it was to cover his ears so he didn’t have to listen to Russ. With a sigh, Russ abandoned that line of persuasion and tried another tactic. One called, “Bug Your Wife to Death.”

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 more than a century old firm and youthful derrière.

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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Rachelle Christensen said...

Hee, hee! Guess what? Steve sat behind you a little ways in that meeting. He switched stakes for the day to hear that awesome speaker while I stayed home with the howling masses AKA children. :)

Vesper said...

You might want to know that we arrived about forty minutes early and had to wait in the hall until an earlier meeting finished. We didn't even get in until 9:30. So its all a toss up I guess. LOL.

Melinda said...

"Just watch it on TV" is always the response from Dave and my kids! But, I think it's cool to at least be there! Even if you can't hear it all and even if it's a hassle to get there it's the experience. Anyway, I don't think the blog would be half as funny if you'd watched it on TV. (Unless, of course, you sent a picture of your pointy-uppy-out hair!)

Thanks for the laughs.

Loretta said...

The early bird gets the worm, but the early worm gets eaten. We were early, and Jim tried to push up to the soft seats, but they were all saved. We ended up back in the cheap seats too, so tell Russ to join Corky and chill.

Loretta said...

The early bird might get the worm, but the early worm gets eaten. Tell Russ to take a hint from Corky and stay in bed awhile. We got there early and the good seats were already saved. We ended up in the cheap section too.

Anna Maria Junus said...

I hate it when people save seats but I'll blog about that sometime.

Watch it on TV. You can sit around in your ratty bathrobe - or ratty underwear, and eat nachos.

And yes, Utah is a land all on its own. I've visited it a few times. Believe me, no other place that I've gone to has the evening news revolve entirely around a church.

Taffy said...

You have the best posts! THANKS for always brightening my days.

Cathy said...

If the early bird found the worm, maybe the late bird found your glass slipper.
You crack me up, Cindy. I loved your story.

No Longer Blogging said...

Are you sure the characters weren't really named Wendy and Fred?? Because you could have been talking about my house any time we need to go somewhere like that. Only MY version of Russ usually adds some comment along the lines of "I'll be waiting in the car."

You so make me laugh - I have missed reading your stuff. That's okay, I'm back now.