Thursday, July 4, 2013

Dolphins on Her Mind



My twin sister Avani and I watched the most amazing science video today – about the sea, about coral reefs, and about dolphins!
They squeak. They swim and play. They save people when they fall off boats.
And Avani wants one.
Avani could squeak in dolphin language. It can't be that different from whining.
We have a swimming pool. And she's not afraid to ride on a dolphin's back.
Avani asks Mom as soon as she gets home.
“You want a dolphin?” Mom squeals. She would be great at talking to dolphins, too.
“Please?” says Avani.
“Sorry, Avani. It's not possible,” she says.
Avani goes to our room and draws a picture of a smiling dolphin jumping out of our swimming pool. Dad always swims laps by himself. Surely he would like the company.
Avani asks Dad as soon as he gets home.
“Swim with a dolphin?” Dad repeats slamming the trunk. He is definitely strong enough.
“Please?” says Avani.
“Sorry, Avani. It's not possible,” he says.
Avani is so distracted during dinner, she pokes green beans into her cheek. She pours water down her chin. And worst of all, she forgets she has a piece of bread in her hand, leans onto her elbow, and smashes it into her ear.
Dad asks, “What's on your mind, Avani?”
“Dolphins,” she says.
He shakes his head.
“Mom, can I use your computer?” Avani asks.
“If it's for school work,” she says.
We both go to the living room.
She types DOLPHINS and we watch shiny, grey creatures swim in the Atlantic Ocean and in the Pacific Ocean... Pink dolphins even swim in rivers! But not one dolphin lives near us, in the middle of the country.
I write down some notes while Avani types DOLPHIN CENTERS. They exist in North America, South America... Australia has several centers! But not one center is anywhere near our house.
Then we see a word at the bottom of the screen. ADOPTION. She clicks on it, and we read the description.
“Mom, Dad,” I shout back into the kitchen, “Avani can have a dolphin.”
As I scribble down names and places, my parents scoot back their chairs.
“Come see,” Avani shouts even though they're already standing behind us.
Mom says, “These dolphins have been injured and can't go back to sea. How sad.”
Dad says, “They need donations to help care for them.”
“I'll give everything in my piggy bank,” Avani says and runs upstairs. Her coins rattle as she runs back downstairs. “Please?”
“Sorry, Avani,” says Dad. “It is not possible that you have enough money to feed a dolphin for a year.”
But Avani asks, “What if we each add some money?”
Mom and Dad look at one another.
“Please?” says Avani.
Finally, a smile creeps onto Dad's face and in between Mom's cheeks.
Avani knew it was possible!

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3 comments:

Youe-hut said...

sweet dream with dolphin.

Mandy Indonesia said...

I’m glad to read you again. Thanks for this post. Best for you Buddy! and Merry Christmas

Mandy Indonesia said...


I’m glad to read you again. Thanks for this post. Best for you Buddy! and Merry Christmas

 
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