The Magic of Whimsy

A delightful story from Greg. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

Almost Iowa


“Hey Walt, how’s retirement?”

The elephant swept his great gray head from side to side, searching for the source of the tiny voice.

“It’s okay,” he said.

A rustle in the straw revealed the nose of a white mouse.

“Do you miss anything about the circus?”

“Is that you, Max?”


“I do.”

“What do you miss most?”

“I miss being somebody,” Walt said, “I liked the work. These days, I’m just a waste of hay living off generosity.”

“Welcome to our world,” the mouse replied.

“I never had a problem sharing with you guys,” Walt said, “you keep me entertained.”

A few more heads poked out of the straw.

“I guess that puts us in the same business,” one of them squeaked.

Walt grinned.

“I won’t miss the stress, though,” he said.

Max turned to his buddies and wise-cracked, “Oh, the pain of being a celebrity.”

That busted the…

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20 thoughts on “The Magic of Whimsy

  1. rijanjks says:

    What a cute story! “Find a children’s book author….” 🙂 Love it!

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  2. Maybe Walt can take up painting or playing xylophones.

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  3. Great story. Greg. The dialogue makes the story come alive! Beautiful!

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  4. Almost Iowa says:

    Just dropped by to say thanks.

    My first impression of the illustration was, “What in the world am I going to do with that?” Then Walt said, “Ask Max.”

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  5. Diana, Greg did such a beautiful job with this story. I can’t imagine a better response to your prompt. Elephantine hugs all around. 🐘

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  6. this image is so inspiring, this is just delightful!

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  7. The dialog flowed so well, delightful!

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