Recently, my friend Kendra sent me a suggestion for a new whale story. And this is what came of it:
Kendra’s Library… A Tragic Whale Story
Like any intelligent whale, Kendra was always looking for ways to expand her knowledge and better herself. And what better way than to petition for a library in her town?!
But she was unable to gain support in her community.
“We don’t have money in the budget,” one town official said.
“We could barely afford this new neon sign pointing towards the town hall,” said another.
“It will never be!” said a third.
But Kendra wasn’t about to take no for an answer. She called on the town to help her raise money for the library.
It took a long time and many bake sales, car washes, and grants, but Kendra finally collected enough money to build her library! And because she hired an independent contractor, instead of the town contractor, the library shot up almost overnight.
The officials that tried to keep her down were so pleased, they offered to let Kendra cut the ribbon on opening day. “As if I wouldn’t,” she thought.
Whales of all ages rushed through the doors and admired the shelves and shelves of books. No one touched them, though. They were waiting for Kendra.
She carefully selected one and slowly opened it. Disappointment spread over her face. Not a word could be read! The water was causing all the ink to run!
The ink started drifting around in the current and some got in Kendra’s eye. Within days she had developed a nasty eye infection.
The infection spread to her brain, and it wasn’t long before she succumbed to it. Kendra was never able to enjoy the library she worked so hard for.