By Raji Singh
When Life throws curve balls, our pets stay beside us. All it takes is some tasty food, warm beds, (or cool tanks), and loving attention, and they return comfort when we need it most. To honor them, here is a favorite from the Fiction House Files.
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In honor of National Pet Month, our Memorial Day Tribute to our other family members…
I am James Thaddeus Fiction, the Fifth – a true Fiction. Typhoon tears me from my mother and father on board a sinking ferry near the Lindian coast. I alone survive. I become an orphan foundling, taken in by new loving parents Dr. Ben and Indira Singh. Now I am Raji. These are my found and foundling tales.
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Being a foundling on Memorial Day is difficult. You want to memorialize past generations. How can you, if you don’t know your relatives? Pet lovers, like me, we can remember a Fido or Puss passed on.
But what if your beloved is a parrot? My Captain Polly may live well over 200 years.
Or your beloved pet is a Trumpeter? Turt is my Trumpeter’s name. He is a rare form of giant land-sea turtle that may live just as long.
“They may very well outlive you, Raji,” my wife reminds me.
Maybe they will parade by my headstone to honor me one last time.
I can just see it – Captain Polly rides on Turt’s huge shell. I smell the sweetly pungent sardine – my favorite food – Turt, in my honor tosses from his beak-snout onto the sod that sits six feet above my head.
I smell the warm, dry brimming-with-seed sunflower – my favorite snack – that Captain Polly drops from her talons alongside Turt’s offering. Then Captain Polly warbles a rhapsodic melody and Turt trumpets a coronet-like accompaniment.
Such is the life of a foundling for Memorial Day: Just imagination, dreams.
I love my pets. I know they love me.
(Read more of Turt, Captain Polly, and Calico in the novel, Tales of Fiction House. Join me at the Fiction House, your place for short story, lark, whimsy, and merriment. Meet the many residents as I archive their lives and centuries of adventures. You can read of their origins in my novel TALES OF THE FICTION HOUSE. My novel is available at Amazon, (Kindle and Trade Paperback) and Barnes and Noble.)
©2014 Raji Singh (2021 new material)