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True Stories: A Penguin and a Troll

Updated on June 21, 2010

A couple of our best pals, Steve and Sandy, met us for a late dinner out Saturday night. Sandy is a great person and a wonderful friend, but if you met her, you might be surprised that we get along so well because we’re so different. For example, she’s a northerner, while I’m Southern born and bred. I’m a moderate-conservative republican; she’s a liberal democrat. I’m fat, and she’s skinny. I guess our biggest difference is that I’m always laughing and joking, while she’s much more serious and subdued. So when she said she had something to tell me at dinner and was laughing about it so much that she could hardly relate the tales, I knew it was going to be good!

Sandy’s neighbor had called earlier that day to tell her of two strange events that had happened on the same day, though they were totally unrelated. The first involved the neighbor’s grand-nephew. I’ll call him “Jim.”

Jim, a seven-year-old boy, and his parents had made a visit to the Georgia Aquarium. He had somehow gotten separated from the adults and was missing for almost two hours. They were greatly relieved to find him safe and unscathed in another part of the facility. At that point, the parents were so shaken that they decided to end their visit and make the drive home.

As soon as they arrived back to their abode, Jim was instructed to go upstairs and take a bath. His baths were usually short affairs, but this time it seemed to his parental units that the boy had been in the tub for an unusually long period, so the dad decided to check on his offspring.

Jim was fine. In fact, he was having a grand old time playing in the bathtub…with his baby penguin!! He had somehow managed to kidnap the bird and stash it in his backpack! The parents, of course, were mortified and immediately called the aquarium. The animal experts told them how to care for the baby until the next morning, at which point the family made the trip back to Atlanta to return the stowaway, safe and sound. By the way, Jim was not allowed to leave his parents’ side this time.

The other story involves a “troll.” Sandy’s neighbor has a grandson who lives in the Midwest. We’ll call him “Brandon.” Brandon has Down syndrome, but he’s high functioning. He can read and be left alone while his parents work. He’s in his early twenties, and he’s a very large young man. Brandon entertains himself largely by reading, and he’s especially fond of magical stories about dragons, fairies, and trolls.

Last Friday, Brandon called his mom at work, which is nothing unusual. He often calls her several times during the day. His question this time, however, was a little out of the ordinary. He asked, “If I find a troll, can I keep it?” His mom was in a meeting at the time and didn’t really have time to fully consider her response. She told him they’d discuss it when she got home.

When she got home, she was greeted by an exuberant Brandon, who was grinning from ear to ear. His first words to her were, “I kept it!!”

Her response: “Kept what?” Obviously, she had forgotten all about the earlier exchange.

“The troll! I found one, and I kept it!”

Brandon happily led his mom to a large walk-in closet, and there was the “troll.” It was a very unhappy little person – a midget. This poor guy was a census-taker, and when he’d made the mistake of knocking on Brandon’s door, the overly-imaginative boy-man had thought a real live troll had come to see him. The diminutive government worker had been no match for the powerful young man, so into the closet he went.

Needless to say, the man was much relieved at the mom’s arrival. He was worried about getting into trouble at work, though. He was supposed to visit 20 more houses that afternoon, but obviously, he wouldn’t make it. He requested that the mom call his boss and explain the situation, which she gladly did, of course.

I was in stitches from both stories. Real life is so much more fascinating than fiction. You just can’t make stuff like this up!

 

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      Joy56 7 years ago

      I want a penquin in my bath too. That was funny....... thanks

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good evening, Habee. I really enjoy this story. Good work. Thank you for such a cute and gorgeous hub. Prasetio :)

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      Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Habee - Fact over fiction every time!! Great Hub!!

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      nettie3444 7 years ago

      It made me chuckle always up for a good belly laugh!

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      valeriebelew 7 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Great entertaining hub, habee. You can't make stuff like this up, and if you did, no one would believe it anyway. (:v

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Now habee this is a refreshing change from all that cooking, girl its a nice treat to have you come out of the kitchen... Peace :)

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      I love to start my day with a laugh. I have a feeling I will be repeating these stories all day.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Nice story made me smile thank you.

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      mulberry1 7 years ago

      Well I guess in both cases they were crimes of passion, or at least "love". Very, very funny!

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      If I had a neighbor like Sandy's, I'd be sure to visit every week for some more stories.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Habee, That story is a riot. True stories are always better than fiction.

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Habee, great stories both! In fact better than fiction, LOL some one above said they'd like a Penguin in their bath.... not me! I'm afraid their peckers might peck my pecker and attempt to open my bag of nuts for a snack, as the folks from the UK would say, "that would be bloody painful", 50

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Can you put me in touch with Jim, the young penguin kidnapper? I know of a high-paying position for him in the auto repo business. They need someone with that talent for repossessing cars.

      In fact, as I think about it, they could also use Brandon, the troll collector.

      Thank you, habee, for two really, really funny anecdotes.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Habee, That was hilarious! You are a wonderful talented storyteller! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a good laugh, habee, and you are right, you couldn't this up.

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      GPAGE 7 years ago from California

      Habee....these were both very cute stories!!.....I once snuck a baby chicken from school a long time ago.....my father made me take it back the next morning! Anyway....lovely stories.....G

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      What terrific stories!!! I'm not advocating stealing penguins or census takers, but stories of innocence and imagination are what life is all about! This was so funny I gotta tell someone. Thanks for sharing.

      Mike

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      Kaie Arwen 7 years ago

      Too funny................ you made my day with this! Thanks, Kaie

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Joy, I don't think I'd want to share my bath with a penguin!

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      It's a good thing the census taker didn't find out about the penguin his bosses would think he was hitting the sauce!

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, habee, this was really funny, not sure which one was the best, but I do want a penguin in my bath! thanks for the laugh nell

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      I loved this habee! You always make me laugh.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks a bunch, Prasetio!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, John! Good to see ya!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Glad you enjoyed it, Nettie!

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      Ohma 7 years ago

      Way to cute on both accounts. I am glad that in both cases the exuberance of childhood was not lost on the people in control.

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      msannec 7 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

      How funny! Life brings the best stories. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      So funny !

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      Ann Lee 7 years ago

      I'm surprised that there weren't law suits filed by the census worker! Good read.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Darling stories! Here I was thinking it was gonna get 'weird' about him being in the bath for so long. Strangely, those stories sound like my oldest boy, Jonathan....oy vey - thanks for the laughs! I sure needed them!

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      oliversmum 7 years ago from australia

      habee. Hi. Two absolutely beautiful stories.

      Its amazing that the Baby Penguin did not make a sound on his way home to the bath tub with Jim. What a wonderful day they both had.

      Brandon sounds like he was beside himself with his new friend, I hope this person accepted things for what they were.

      Down Syndrome folks are beautiful,loving, compassionate, and are a joy to be around.

      I had a big smile on my face, mixed with a few tears, had to go back and read it again. True stories are wonderful.

      Thank you for sharing A day in each of their lives with us. :) :)

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      what a cute story!!!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Amazing and funny stories. Probably not so funny for the poor captured census taker however. Just imagine the story HE is telling! Ha!

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      OMG - a troll!! That is terribly funny, and I can just imagine the story as it was unfolding... you are a great storyteller, Habee!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      So true, Val!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Katie, I'm glad to BE out of the kitchen!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Bpop, I've been telling them to everyone I know!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Coolmon, glad it gave you a smile!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Mulberry! Nope, there was no harm meant in either situation!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      So would I, Sheila!

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Oh boy! What a laugh! Both stories are simply hilarious and I loved reading them. Thanks for relating them to us.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      samboiam 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for this early morning chuckle. What a way to start the day.

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      It's just me 7 years ago from Alaska

      Thank you, those were great!

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      _cheryl_ 7 years ago from California

      Penguin story was cute, the troll....LOL! That's hilarious hahaha! It's amazing what crazy comedy comes out of our lives. Thanks for sharing this habee! =)

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      lctodd1947 7 years ago from USA

      Habee, this is so funny and sweet...little boys and big boys...sometimes they both do things out of the ordinary...thank you for posting.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      beautiful share, opposites and different always share somethings in common in a way, more deeper understanding, Maita

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Pam, I totally agree!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, 50, that WOULD hurt!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Drbj, I'll try to get the phone #s for ya! lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Deb, thanks for your kind words!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      No, HH, I don't think I have that much imagination!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Gpage, glad you enjoyed it!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Mike, I think I've told everyone!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Kaie, I'm glad I did!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      True dat, Nifty!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Nell, I think the troll is my fave!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      V, we've set up our hummingbird feeder!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Me, too, Ohma!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Anne, I'm glad it made you smile!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Ingenira!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      for real, Ann Lee!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Buckie, bet you could tell us some tales!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Oliversmum, I agree that these individuals are sweet and loving. I knew several when I was teaching.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Chris!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Peggy, at least he'll have something to tell his grandkids!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Awww...thanks, Steph!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Tony, so glad you stopped for a read!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sam, glad you got some chucks!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      It's just me, thanks a bunch!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Cheryl, such things make life interesting!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Ictodd, there's just something about that Y chromosome! lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Maita, thanks for reading!

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      Daisy Fabelo 7 years ago from miami beach

      I stopped by because u are on the front page and with 72 views I had to know what all the rucus was about these stories are awesome and they would make great short stories to be submitted in writers digest short shorts contest.

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      sunflowerbucky 7 years ago from Small Town, USA

      Oh my gosh that is hilarious! Can you imagine finding a penguin in your tub or a person in your closet! Great stories, thanks for sharing!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Daisy, thanks for your comment!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sunflower, with my girls were kids, I never knew what I might find in the tub! I never found a penguin, though!

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      nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

      That was so funny. Thanks for the laugh.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Nancy, glad it made you laugh!

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      Rafini 7 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

      OMG! A Troll? Fer real?? lol

      There is a small town near where I live...the troll capital of the world. (Mount Horeb, Wisconsin - http://www.trollway.com/ ) I've heard of people leaving out food for the friendly trolls and even finding small troll furniture but trolls are very elusive! lol

      I can imagine how the parents felt in each circumstance, how did they keep a straight face and maintain a proper perspective when releasing the prisoners? lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Rafini, that is too cool! do the trolls do chores?

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      Rafini 7 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

      They do their share! lol They're friendly and naive but do their best to guard those who return the favor. (the examples I gave previously were from a newspaper article some years ago about a troll who lived in a tree - some guy found the door to the trolls home by accident)

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      sameerk 7 years ago from India

      nice hub , really loved it

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Rafini, I could use a few to help out around the house!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading, Sameerk!

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