September 22nd, 2009 | Published in general
Ella has had a hard time falling asleep some recent nights, and while counting sheep worked ok the first night, i’ve been mixing it up. The setting is a big pasture, climatically appropriate, with a barrier dividing it into two sections. Of course, the section containing the animal is nearly barren of food, while the other is lush and ripe. Close your eyes (after reading the whole thing, silly) and imagine this next time you need a little help falling asleep:
Fairly athletic hippos, taking a running start and bounding over a fence to land (in a belly-flop, natch) in a giant mudhole. When they’re done wallowing, they relax in lounge chairs and eat heads of lettuce.
Reasonably limber giraffe, limboing their way beneath a tall fence to reach the trees on the other side.
Timidly hydrophobic monkeys on stilts, crossing a river of pirahna to the banana plantation on the other side.
Determinedly thrill-seeking sloths on a zip line, crossing a highway. It takes them each an hour to get up to the handle, 10 seconds to make the crossing, and another hour to figure out what just happened.