Thursday, June 25, 2009

Part 2 What Kind Ogre

Today's Link
Fantastyk Voyage

Today's Saying
In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ~Abram L. Urban

Today's Picture
People picking the crop on the neighbor's farm

And so the elf gave Gogetum a wish because of his acts of kindness.. Gogetum asked for some time to think about what to wish for and , of course, the elf said take all the time you need. Gogetum then went to his room, put his feet up to take the pressure off his brains, like all ogres he has a left foot and a right foot brain.
Meanwhile the elf granting the wish had been hauled before the Elf Council to justify giving an ogre a wish. Everyone knew there were no kind ogres. Fortunately for the elf he had taken dreamscopes of the ogre doing acts of kindness and so the Council , however reluctantly, had to agree that the wish was justified.
After some time Gogetum summoned the elf and said that he was ready to wish.
“I wish”, he said “ that from this time forward every ogre would be kind and involve themselves in acts of kindness.”
“ So you have asked. So shall it be”, responded the elf using the old elf formula.
There was a flash of light and every ogre laid down his or her club. From that day on there would be no Smashing Out Parities , no Smashing Parties, and no spontaneous smashing. They stopped trying to scare human children. They would no longer fill in for Trolls under bridges. Every single ogre set about to do kind things.
But that was the problem on a magic planet like Megaearth there were not many opportunities for acts of kindness. There were no homeless people, no little old ladies to help across the street, no poor, no sick to visit, no beings that needed cheering up. Since all the beings on the planet , except the animals, could do magic kindness was not really needed. Of course, now and then there was room for a kind word but you have to remember that the wish made ogres kind not smart.
So one by one the ogres became despondent. They remembered with longing the smashing good old days. This lead to two horrible results:
1. They began to cry, buckets of tears.
2. They began to moan and scream.
Megaearth was not ready for crying ogres. Ogres had never cried before. The water from their tears began to cause lakes to overflow . This was inconvenient, to say the least. It meant that if you lived by a lake you had to take time from creating glorious things with your magic and use your magic to send the excess water to the effluent belt that circled megaearth. For make no mistake, ogre tears are effluent and can not be converted into anything else. As the problem grew the Elf Council threw together a spell that instantly sent all ogre tears as they were produced to the effluent belt. That seemed to solve problem number one.
Problem number two you would not understand unless you have heard an ogre moan or scream. But even if you had you can not imagine the sound of thousands of ogres all screaming and moaning at the same time. It covered the planet. It kept other beings awake. Magical sound shields had to be erected but even magic could not fully contain that horrible sound.
Then the weather change began. It seems that the thrown together spell to control the tears leaked and the atmosphere filled with ogre tears. These now caused rain not covered by the weather magic.
Thus the beings on Megaearth were subject to a strange rain with howling . It was frightful. It was a disaster. Not since the days of the “ Outhouse Effect” had the planet been in such a turmoil.
Since this could not continue a Greater Elf Council was called. Two solutions were put forth :
1. Ogrecide
2. Get the ogre to wish everything back the way it was before.
Alvin Gorey , who has never liked ogres, proposed they simply wipe out every single ogre. They served no useful purpose. They were not happy. They were really really stupid. They even looked funny.
The Council, however, felt that some effort to undo the wish should first be attempted.
The way magic worked on Megaearth is that only the person who made a wish could make another wish to undo it.
So they went to Gogetum and told him that if he would wish everything back as it was before his wish they would give him another wish so he could do it.
They expected him to ask for time to think about it but he didn’t. His kind heart had heard the moaning and the screaming of his people. He knew it was his fault. To try to change them was a mistake. They were who they were.
So he took the wish and wished everything back to normal. Ogres with great joy went back to smashing ogre heads and doing what ogres do.
And Gogetum, who was very smart for an ogre forced the elf Council to give him two wishes. He used the second one to cease being kind and now smashes heads with the best of them.
Now there are three morals to this story:
1. Sometimes kindness is not the answer
2. Don’t mess with happy ogres
3. Stay away from Elf wishes

News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal
Petrovich’s latest translation has the whole town talking. Some are quickly planning out of town vacations and others are stocking up on groceries intending to stay in their home until the danger is over. Others are calling for Homeland Security to come and shoot anything coming out of the trench.
Eino points out that Homeland Security hss been called before and the results were not good. Homeland Security would be very reluctant to come to Pigeon Falls to fight mythical creatures coming out of a door that isn’t there.
In the last two nights the video has show a being with arms coming out of his head who went into the woods, a man in black also going into the woods, and a huge animal that looked like an elephant with hair that crushed its way into the woods..
This morning people looked at those crushed trees and now they are really scared.
Tommy UK and Tammy are studying the driblet. They are trying to figure out what it means when it says “ Out of the black comes the light”. What kind of light can solve this problem ?

Wrap UP
It was a nice day but I missed Quilly's words. The surprising thing for me as that the ogre story ended up much different from the story I told my grandchild. Sometimes when I go from an oral story to a written story it seems to rewrite itself. I looked up the cost of portable oxygen generators using Blingo. They are just out of my ability to obtain. I visited all the blogs that left comments yesterday. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger anthonynorth said...

A great message in this - things work in balance; change it and watch out.

1:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I so loved this story. Three good morals to it. WOW...some things are better off unchanged I suppose. Hmmm so now Pigeon Falls needs some light...this is just so typical there...who knows what's going to happen :)

2:41 AM  
Blogger Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Enjoyed the tale very much. Who would have imagined kind Ogres and the havoc that would cause?

3:24 AM  
Blogger LoieJ said...

All things in moderation and ogres crying isn't moderation.

6:11 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Ohhhh! Back to the 70's! We need to set up BLACK LIGHTS around the trench! Strobes! Then the creatures will be so confused they won't know WHAT to do or which way to turn!

That Elf tale was wonderful! It didn't go the way I thought at all - but of course, it went even better! And Gogetem was being KIND even in his unkindness! Kill 'em with love!

6:45 AM  
Blogger Family Man said...

I loved the subtle lesson of everything in moderation. Very valuable lesson!

Thanks for the very creative part II!

7:10 AM  
Blogger Nessa said...

Loved the elf story. as always, i love the names, the play on words and sayings and your subtle and awesome sarcastic wit. The morals were good, too.

7:31 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Aha, so it was ogres that caused global warming not all the 4x4's!!! ;)

Loved it Dr. John. Like I said you really should write books!

8:39 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Oh, Dr. John, I think I may have missed the lesson in your story because I m sitting here wishing I had your imagination! :)

Melli and I had the same idea for the trench! Must come from being teens in the 70's!

Couldn't Petrovich, just once, decipher a straight forward and obvious driblet?

9:34 AM  
Blogger aims said...

Some days I feel like an Ogre - some days I don't.

I'd be thinking I'm not stepping one foot into those woods. No way. Even when I feel like an Ogre.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Cherie said...

Oh, the curse of unforeseen consequences.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

Fun story Dr John, you always have a Moral with your tales.

Can I borrow your Bridge Troll to be used as a Bus Troll for the evils that get on our buses and make the driver's job a nasty one ??

12:59 PM  
Blogger KB said...

I love the names in your story.

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Alice Audrey said...

I don't know about dark or light, but there has got to be a way to close that door.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Maude Lynn said...

I love the ogre story!

7:10 PM  
Blogger Louisiana said...

hello my dear dr.john and betty....i was lost for a while i couldn't get to my links, did you see the mess that it goodness the one who did my template new what to do, pixie came to the rescue...

hope you are well...been reading back a bit and see things haven't changed much and there is peace in knowing that..

pls hug betty for me and you as well receive my love. thank you very much for all you have done including most of all for all the prayers...

i love that you tell story and i have told you before..i think it's wonderful that they change from pen to is in my opinion because they have life of its own...i hope somehow, someday you can get the portable oxygen so that you have more freedom...i so wish i could do that for you...

your grandkids are growing so fast. they all look so cute..and of course you and betty are the reason...

hugs from us...xooxoxo

11:15 PM  
Blogger Baron's Life said...

The lesson beyond the story is're a great teacher and preacher...don't let the Taliban catch you...
You complain about my posts having too much detail and words....but forget yours is full of verbal pun intended here as I enjoy reading your posts to the last drop and they help me face the day to day tasks I have to face... But I can give as much as I can take and so can you... Keep on telling us more.

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