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!
Filemon is an interesting name. I like the artwork too.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Carin. I believe Filemon is a Spanish name. English translation is Philip.Delete
And Happy Valentine's Day to you!ReplyDelete
Thank You, Lea. Hope yours was delightful.Delete
Loved the story and the drawing. I'm glad Filemon took that first step into flight.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Vicki. Nobody can stop Filemon from flying now. :-)Delete
What a nice story and I am glad Filemon found his first step into flying free and happy. Happy Valentine's Day!!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Birgit. I heard that Filemon, the Byrds, and Edwina the Egret are creating amazing aerobatic routines.Delete
What a fun post and drawing for F ~ReplyDelete
Happy Valentine's Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
Cute animals makes cute art. :-) Thanks, Adam.Delete
How Funny, Susie:):) I can just see Filemon flying in his costume:):)ReplyDelete
That recipe sound easy, but I thought you had made if before? Or, was it the recipe from Martha Stewart? Anyways, I hope they'll taste delicious!!
Jesh, not this recipe, which is so easy. Thank you, Martha Stewart. Far easier than before, otherwise I would've been making truffles more.Delete
A wonderful tale especially after the day I've had. And I love, love, love the drawing.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Jeanna. Cheers to you!Delete
You've woven a wonderful story for F. Enjoyed it.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you enjoyed it, Uppal. The flying creatures are already talking of ways to get into next week's ABC setting. :-)Delete
Very creative. Love the story of our fascinating Flying Squirrel :) Fantafabulous!ReplyDelete
Happy Valentine's Day!
Cool, Dr. Sabat! I hope it brought a big smile to you.Delete
That's the cutest squirrel I've seen before. Our squirrels like to chew everything up-=-where they shouldn't be!!ReplyDelete
I wonder if flying squirrels chew stuff up, too. Something to look into. There may come a day when chewing through limbs may save the day. :-)Delete
That was the best countdown ever. :)ReplyDelete
The Byrds and Filemon are something else!Delete
where would human kind be without our imagination ;-)ReplyDelete
Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-Wednes-day / -week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♪ (ABC-W-team)
So true, Melody. Mine keeps me sane.Delete
colorful and heroicReplyDelete
That's our Filemon!Delete
Sweet story and wonderful drawing. The first step is always so daunting. I am glad Filemon had his friends around him.ReplyDelete
Filemon and you both. :-)Delete