UNWRITER Ron Berry

March 9, 2009

The Frogs Jam it up

Filed under: Kritter stories — unwriter1 @ 4:08 pm

CROAK!CROAK!

“Hooray, we didn’t miss it.”

“Told ya we wouldn’t Mandy.”

“I know Alex. I was just excited.”

The bullfrogs Jake and Jack had signaled the concert was about to start. By the second croak the audience had quieted down. The Master of Ceremonies came out and welcomed everyone to the concert. He said there were two very special guests but they would be introduced later.

“I wonder who the special guests are?”

“I don’t know Mandy. We’ll have to wait and see, like everyone else.”

The MC then introduced the conductor for the evening, Mr. Twidget. Amanda laughed at that name but the concert was starting, so she didn’t have time to find out any more. As Mr. Twidget raised his baton, and excited hush fell over the crowd.

During intermission, Amanda went down to talk to the conductor. She was a typical curious kitty. Amanda, otherwise known as Mandy, walked up to Mr. Twidget. But when she said hi, he hopped about ten feet straight up. He landed almost exactly where he left from.

“I’m sorry. You startled me. Who are you?”

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to scare you. I’m Amanda.”

“Amanda? The wild bunch Amanda?”

“Yes. That’s what Koko calls us. That’s Alex coming behind you.”

“Wow! I feel honored to have such celebrities at my concert.”

If kitties could blush, Amanda would be beet red.

“I’m very please to meet you. Is there anything special we can play for you?”

“No, we’re enjoying the concert as it is. But I do have a question.”

“Ask away”

“Where did you get such an unusual name, if you don’t mind my asking?”

“I don’t mind. Mom said she heard some human call a baby Twidget and it sounded like a good name.”

“Ah, ok. Thank you.”

CROAK!

CROAK!

Intermission was over. Again Mr. Twidget was out front. The stage was set up differently however. With the raise of the baton, King Squirrel along with Squeaky and Peanut came onstage. Two other little members of King Squirrel’s family also came onstage. When the music started, they began their traditional food-gathering dance. It ended abruptly when a hickory nut hit one of the little squirrels.

After they left the stage, other forest animals took their turn performing their fall harvest routines. Then the stage went dark except for Mr. Twidget standing out in front. When the lights came back on, the chorus was arranged in a semi-circle. In front of them the two eagles Aesop and Aegis, had arranged a cloth on the stage. The youngest of Koko’s charges was sitting on this cloth. Alex looked at Amanda but before he could say anything, Mr. Twidget waved for Silence.

“As was announced at the beginning of this concert, we have two special guests with us tonight. So help me welcome Amanda and Alex, the Wild Bunch, to the stage!”

“Alex, we aren’t special. We’re just kitties.”

“I know. But let’s get up there and we can tell that to Mr. Twidget.”

As soon as they stepped on the stage, Amanda whispered to Mr. Twidget that they were just kitties and nothing special. The conductor smiled and escorted them center stage.

“Ladies, gentlemen and fellow forest inhabitants, please give a hearty welcome to two of the best friends any wooded area ever had.”

(Are you sure kitties don’t blush?)

Mr. Twidget continued

“Amanda and Alex have shown that even kitties can help humans (he went into detail about the picnickers, and Sarah). They have befriended our fellow squirrels, Koko and family, Aesop and Aegis. The list goes on and on. We heard they might be here so let’s close this concert with a piece composed in their honor, ‘Friends Forever’.”

The concert was over, but everyone made a point to meet the wild bunch.

Next installment will be ‘After the concert’

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4 Comments »

  1. Oh, you’ve made Twidget into a forest creature! How adorable!

    Cute story, Ron Twain! Only now I wonder if I should not call you Beatrix Berry? Puts me in the mind of a Beatrix Potter tale, all magical and “hopping” with forest excitement! Lovely!

    Comment by Carol — March 9, 2009 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

  2. This is so good! It’s perfect for the youngest readers. Are you going to turn it into a picture book?
    Deb 🙂

    Comment by Deb Hockenberry — March 9, 2009 @ 7:34 pm | Reply

  3. This was a great story that filled my heart. I was feeling pretty bad today because I bought my grandchild-to-be 2 nursery rhyme books but couldn’t find them in my storage space. I was just about to give up when I spotted something in a plastic bag in a box. I cried when I took them home. I started to read my email and read your blog. Ron, this is the most wonderful story. Thank you for being the topper to my day!

    Comment by cruizen4u (Cindy) — March 10, 2009 @ 12:19 am | Reply

  4. Another charming episode in the continuing saga of Amanda and the Wild Bunch. Loved it.

    Comment by Marvin D Wilson — March 10, 2009 @ 6:04 am | Reply


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