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Grampa Paul's Story of Harriett the Hippo plus Bonus Story Sally the Herd Dog
By P. Zimmerschied
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2011 P. Zimmerschied
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Chapter OneHarriett the Hippo
Harriett the Hippo lives out on the African plains. Hippos live in large groups. There are family members and other hippos that live together. Hippos require lots of water. The water helps them keep cool and also it gives the hippo a source of food. Grasses grow on the bottom of the pond they live in. The hippos go under the water and feed on grass. They live a quiet life for the most part.
Harriett gets a little bored from time to time. Sometimes she wonders if there isn't more to life. Nothing earth shattering, just something that changes the pace once in a while would do.
Mr. Smith is a traveling salesman. He sells cosmetics to the ladies in the area. He was traveling across the plains looking for a new store to sell his merchandise. Stores were few and many miles apart. It was very boring traveling along. It was very hot and with the windows down the insects were very annoying. His radio had quit working along with the air conditioner, a month ago. He wanted to get them fixed. He just wasn't bringing in enough money to afford anything extra. He dreamed of making more money. It would be nice to have one of those new 4 wheel drive vehicles with all the bells and whistles.
He often dreamed of getting rid of his old car. It was a pile of junk. A car was not the right vehicle anyway. It was designed for highway driving, not crossing through open country. Well, a dream was all it was and he knew a new vehicle wasn't anything that was going to happen.
Water is usually in short supply in areas where hippos live. If they are lucky, the rainy season will fill their pond full. When the rain stops it will be months until it rains again. Many years their pond is little more than a mud hole, until the rainy season comes again.
Right now the pond was full and life was good. Not only do hippos depend on the pond for water, many other animals depended on the pond as well. Without water, they would perish.
Mr. Smith was noticing that his car was sounding funny. He was hoping it would make it to the next town. Breaking down in the middle of nowhere was a scary situation. Mr. Smith carried some extra parts and some tools just in case. Just as he was approaching the hippo pond his car sputtered to a stop. He muttered to himself, "Isn't that just great?"
He got out and opened the hood to have a look. All the hippos turned around to see what was going on. For them this was really exciting. Nothing out of the ordinary ever happened close to the hippo pond. When Mr. Smith figured out what was wrong, he realized it was going to take a few days to fix his car. Luckily, he had the parts he needed for the repairs.
The first day he worked on his car, all the hippos stayed close to the pond. They watched everything he did. No one was willing to get any closer. On the second day, Mr. Smith was bent over the fender working away, when he suddenly heard something. He stood up and turned around. A hippo was standing only a few feet away. He was very frightened to say the least. She was as big as his car and he wondered what she was going to do. Finally she said, "My name is Harriett. Who are you?" "I am Mr. Smith and I hope you are not upset by me being so close to your pond?" Harriet said, "Oh no, nothing exciting ever happens around here. Watching you has given us something to do for a change. What are you doing way out here?" she asked. Mr. Smith said, "I'm trying to get to the next town to sell makeup to the ladies." "I don't understand!" exclaimed Harriett. "Well, the town ladies wear makeup to make themselves look more appealing," Mr. Smith replied.
Mr. Smith asked, "Would you like me to do a makeover on you?" Harriett questioned, "Will I look prettier?" Mr. Smith said, "Oh yes, you have big brown eyes and long eyelashes and also your lips are very large and beautiful. I think you would be the prettiest hippo in the world."
"When can you do it?" asked Harriett.
"I can do it right now. My back needs a rest anyway." Mr. Smith asked, "Why don't you call me Frank?"
Frank went to the trunk and pulled out his supplies. He said, "First I will put on some eye shadow around your eyes and then I'll do the eyelashes." When he finished, he said, "Now we will do the lips. I have some bright red lip stick for your lips."
When he was all done he said, "Why don't you go down to the pond and see yourself in the reflection of the water." Harriett made her way back to the hippo pond, and Frank went back to work on his car. Evening came and Frank got inside his car to sleep.
After the word got out about Harriet the Hippo's makeover, saying things had changed was an understatement. All the hippos were in an uproar.
When morning came, he woke up and looked out the window. There must have been 15 to 20 female hippos, all standing in line. Harriet said, "Everyone wants a makeover and will you do it? We would be happy to pay you if you could make us pretty like Harriett." They exclaimed.
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