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The tiger that almost got away

Updated on October 7, 2010

My youngest daughter and I were attempting to sneak quietly down the stairs so as not to wake the mother bear, who was napping in the room, that was first door to the right at the top of the stairs. We whispered in hushed tones and crept past her door as quiet as mice on Christmas Eve.

As we got to the top step, we were stopped dead in our tracks. There, outside the window, that was high above the landing, was a tiger. Quite the majestic tiger no less. Now your average tiger is a powerful feline with orange and black stripes. But the tiger that stopped us on this occasion was nothing so ordinary as that. The site we beheld was the tiger of little girl’s dreams. Pink with purple stripes. No, this was no ordinary tiger.

We looked at each other and said in a hushed voice, “Tiger !” at the same time. We had never seen a pink tiger with purple stripes, as I assume you have not either, but there, crouching behind the swaying branches that had yet to lose their leaves in this early autumn sky, was the majestic huntress. She was lying across the sky, resting after a long day of the hunt. We stood there, at that top stair; staring at the sight before us.

We decided that it was best to capture this tiger quickly. It is not often one runs across such a wonder in nature. We oo’ed and ah’ed at our magnificent catch. Such moments as this, are priceless.

We smiled at each other, and snuck down the stairs. We were all the wiser, and the Mother Bear was still asleep.

If you go hunting in the fall, you might just catch your own tiger. It is best to look to the east in the morning and to the west in the early evening.

The Kinks Waterloo Sunset


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      vinsanity 6 years ago

      This was an imaginative story; I could feel the magic, love and friendship between daughter and Dad. Great hub.

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      SUSIE DUZY 7 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      I love the techni-color pink tiger! I would hang that in my room.

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      erthfrend 7 years ago from Florida

      loved it!

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      oliversmum 8 years ago from australia

      Papermoon.Hi. Wow what an absolutely beautiful tale,even better, the relationship you have with your daughter,it is the best thing ever,Purple and Pink are my favourite colours,my Granddaughter and I have times like this,It is priceless,Thank you I loved it.:) :)

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      Pachuca213 8 years ago

      what a wonderful story...and what a great example you are to your daughter that we are never too old to use our imagination to have fun!

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      Raven King 8 years ago from Cabin Fever

      Great story!

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      Linda Myshrall 8 years ago

      *Magical* My dad and I caught glimpses of squash that had turned into flying saucers... memories I will never forget. This is a nice piece- very visual. I can actually picture these two sneaking down the stairs, the daughter using the loud-quiet whisper children use, and mama bear in bed smiling at the two of them. The photo work is nice as well... I particularly like your repetition of colors in the sunrise bit and the tiger- as though the tiger sprang from the dusk. I'm so glad you're back! Turn it up! The party's started!

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Ohhhh Paper this gave me goose flesh. Such a simple yet enchanting tale. I loved it. This would be great as a collection, in a childrens book. Wonderful :)

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      Am I dead, yet? 8 years ago

      Paper, good to see you writing again. I agree with the other comments here, daughter and dad--I think that it is awesome to share creativity and imagination with children. Beautiful.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Charming! So glad this is the first thing I read this morning.

      Thanks for starting my day off in such a delightful way.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      This was an imaginative story; I could feel the magic, love and friendship between daughter and Dad, both kids at heart. Enjoyed the story and the pink tiger photo. :)