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The Tremendous Tales of Tappy’s Travels : Episode 3 – Things are heating up!

Part of an ongoing series about a horse named Tappy leaving her town to discover the world beyond her stable. New episode posted every other Sunday. Scroll down to start at the beginning.

Tappy’s excitement quickly started to fade
As she entered a path that had no trees or shade
The sun’s angry rays blazed on Tappy’s course hair
She was parched but there were no signs of water anywhere

As her hoof burned against the hot gravel
She kept trying to remind herself of how far she had traveled
She wanted to stay strong and remain steadfast
But she really didn’t know how much longer she would last

She began to doubt her journey and what she was fighting for
She remembered she was fighting to prove herself, but what else more?
She started to forget the reason she took her journey due to the blistering heat
She wanted to continue but her body felt beat

Tappy thought about Puffer, her town, and what she was trying to discover
With some mental pep talk, reaffirmation of her goals, her body began to recover
It seemed as if she had gotten out of her hump
When she realized that she was no chump

Tappy never gave up and wasn’t going to start now
Despite any obstacles, she would always succeed someway somehow
Tappy had grown thick skin from being from the poorest of all stalls
She had always learned to get up whenever she’d fall

Tappy’s excitement quickly started to fade
As she entered a path that had no trees or shade
The sun’s angry rays blazed on Tappy’s course hair
She was parched but there were no signs of water anywhere

As her hoof burned against the hot gravel
She kept trying to remind herself of how far she had traveled
She wanted to stay strong and remain steadfast
But she really didn’t know how much longer she would last

She began to doubt her journey and what she was fighting for
She remembered she was fighting to prove herself but what else more?
She started to forget the reason she took her journey due to the blistering heat
She wanted to continue but her body felt beat

Then she remembered a time when she felt like she couldn’t go on
And Puffer stayed by her side and told her to stay strong

Tappy thought about Puffer, her town, and what she was trying to discover
With some mental pep talk, reaffirmation of her goals, her body began to recover
It seemed as if she had gotten out of her hump
When she realized that she was no chump

Tappy never gave up and wasn’t going to start now
Despite any obstacles, she would always succeed someway somehow
Tappy had grown thick skin from being from the poorest of all stalls
She had always learned to get up whenever she’d fall

“For too long I’ve been tied down because it is my state of mind,
But nothing can stop me oh no, not my kind
I’m a warrior, valiant and true
If I don’t fight hard for what I want then who is going to?”

So facing the heat, Tappy continued on her way
Thinking about next place that she would reach one day
“Although this present place isn’t necessarily the best,
I’m going to keep on moving and look forward to the rest”

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Jump in Puddles!

By: Vina Vo

On this rainy Saturday I sit inside
With nothing interesting to do
I dream of monkey bars and fast moving slides
Of skies sunny and blue

But blue is how I feel today
My spirit down in the dumps
With nothing more to really say
I might as well just have the mumps

The TV is on, but nothing is on
Morning cartoons have already passed
I wish the rain would just be gone
So I can go play outside at last

But then I get the brilliant plan
As I see mud puddles right outside
I could go outdoors and jump around
Maybe even lay on my belly and slide

Happily I dance in the rain
And hop in brown wet pools
My clothes begin to stain
And my body becomes real cool

Dad hollers for me to come indoors
For I will get a cold
I drag the wetness to the floors
And my, does my dad scold

The next day the sun came out
Warm, blue and bright
But I stay in and just pout
Because I got really sick that night

Inspired by: Neil Degrasse Tyson

Neil Degrasse Tyson: Okay, nothing thing—so if it’s raining out, there’s a big puddle—what do you want to do with that puddle?

Girl: Jump in it.

Tyson: You wanna jump in it… so do you parents let you jump in it?

Girl: Y-no.

Tyson: Well tell your parents Doctor Neil deGrasse Tyson said you should jump in the puddle.

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Rex the Friendly Dinosaur

Rex was a friendly dinosaur
The friendliest one around
While other T-rexes were roaring loudly
He made the faintest of sounds

Rex loved to sing lullabies
And he especially loved to dance
While the others wanted to trample on things
Rex just loved to prance

Rex loved telling funny stories
And filling others with happiness and joy
And unlike the other T-rexes
Rex was great at sharing his toys

Rex loved pretty flowers
Especially ones in shades of pink
He would always give them away with a smile
And added an extra wink

He didn’t fit in with the other T-rexes
For they were scary and mean
They liked to cause fear in others
And that just wasn’t Rex’s scene

Rex was happy being himself
Because that was all he could be
So what if he was different?
Being yourself is key