Filemon the Flying Squirrel fixed his goggles fairly on his face. He took a few deep breaths to steady his fraught nerves. Really, truly, he repeated to himself, he had nothing to fear. So said his friends Bingo and Bubba Byrd who sat beside him.
"Filemon, flying is what you are about," said Bingo, patting his shoulder.
What if it isn't?" fretted Filemon.
"Dude, you're feeling first-time jitters," Bubba said. "I was awfully fidgety before my first flight. But when I took my first hop into flight, oh my folly golly jolly. I was all fat smiles. My wings flung widely. I floated in sunshine. It was fantastic, Filemon!"
Filemon found himself feeling quite calm.
"Filemon! Filemon! Filemon!"
The flying squirrel searched the ground below for the source of the faint cries. There, near the shoreline were his friends jumping up and down on the beach and waving funny red signs.
"Filemon!" cheered Agathe the Aardvark. Following her was Edwina the Egret, "Filemon!" and not to be outdone was Charlie the Camel, "Filemon!"
"Look who also made it for your inaugural flight," said Bingo, pointing her red sign towards the sea.
Leapfrogging beside their huge red sign were the Daffodil triplets—Davey and her two brothers Dicky and Danny. Filemon could't hear them, but he knew they, too, were shouting cheers of encouragment.
My friends are far-out fabulous! thought Filemon. He nodded to the Byrds. "I'm ready."
"We'll count you off," said Bingo. Filemon took one more deep breath as he got into take-off position.
"Five!" Bubba began.
"Fifteen!" continued Bingo.
"Five hundred fifty-five!" Filemon shouted, taking his first step into flight. "Ffffwwweeeeeeeeee!"
"Hurrah, Hurrah! Hurrah, Hurrah!" shouted the Byrds from the tree, the Daffodils from the sea, and the trio of Agathe, Edwina, and Charlie from the ground below. "Fly, Filemon, Fly!"
Filemon felt so alive! His heart was filled with so much frabjous joy and love. Filemon called down to all his favorite buddies, "Thank you, thank you for your friendship! Happy Valentine's Day!"
F is the theme for week two of Round 22 of ABC Wednesday. Check it out here. Thank you much, ABCW team!