This is a series of emails that I wrote to my friend Marcus (a Leo) back in 2002. It ended up being a story about our friendship and the goofy things that I noticed about our personalities. I made myself the hippo because well, I didn’t think “Kathy the Crab/Scorpian” (being a double water sign) would really work.
So…sit back…please “to enjoy” a cup o’ whatever you drink. And read this children’s (sort of) story.
And there they were; Marcus the Lion and Kathy the Hippo sitting under a tree by the river. Kathy, of course,
taking up much more shade than Marcus because, after all, she is a Potomas. She sat happily eating a box of
chocolates that Marcus had bought at the Chimp Bazaar in the outskirts of Mombasa.
-See the thing is, said Marcus staring straight ahead to some imaginary spot in the horizon- one of us has to do the thinking in this friendship and it’s gonna have to be me.-
-You may be right. I can’t decide, said Kathy while staring into the box of delicious delights.
-You know, there’s a whole side to you missy that nobody’s ever seen.-
-Well how can that be if I’m the size of a small foreign automobile? And with a curly mop of hair to boot. It’s
not as though a Hippolina like moi can easily hide, you know. In short sir, I’m a big chick.-
-OK…so not what I meant. Pass the chocolates please.-Marcus digs through the empty wrappers for some as
of yet undiscovered piece of sweetness and pops it into his mouth. While chewing he continues, – No see, wha ah men
was tht yoo dun’t sho yoo hole self. Man…thith ith goot chocolate.
Kathy is surprised by the chocolate induced statements and is caught off guard. How can a Lion see through a Hippo’s
thick skin? How can a Lion see through the silliness of a Hippo’s jokes and notice what none of the other animals
ever dared to see? Hmmmm….he has the smarts real good. I think I’ll have to eat more chocolates with this Lion and
see what else he knows.
And the story continues to cook….