I have a beautiful four year old Granddaughter. She is happy and funny and brave and caring – a real joy. She has sarted school and loves to read. She loves Flamingoes but has always struggled to pronouce Flamingo, it comes out as FIL-A MINGO and it always makes me smile. So this is a story for the children about Phil the Flamingo, or as my Granddaughter would say Phil-a -mingo. 🙂
Phil the Flamingo was fed up.
He had been standing around all day in the water.
He was cold and hungry.
All of the other flamingoes could stand for hours on one leg, catching fish in the lake.
But when Phil tried to stand on one leg, it started to ache so much he had to stand on both legs.
All of the other Flamingoes laughed at him and called him names, like ‘two leg Phil’.
Phil went and stood on his own by the edge of the water and sulked.
A Hippopotamus swam by and said, ‘ why are you standing on both legs little Flamingo, you should be standing on one leg, you’re a Flamingo.
‘I can’t’ said Phil, it hurts when I do, so I have to stand on two legs.
‘Well never mind little Flamingo, you are still a very handsome Flamingo’.
And the Hippopotamus swam away.
Then, a Frog popped his head up out the water. ‘Why are you standing on both legs Little Flamingo, you should be standing on one leg, you’re a Flamingo
‘I cant said Phil, it hurts when I do, so I have to stand on two legs.
‘Well never mind Little Flamingo, I think you are a very clever Flamingo’.
And the Frog disappeared under the water.
Next an Alligator swam by and said ‘Why are you standing on both legs little Flamingo, you should be standing on one leg, you’re a Flamingo’.
I can’t said Phil, it hurts when I do, so I have to stand on two legs’.
‘Well never mind Little Flamingo, I think you are a very brave Flamingo. Ive heard the other Flamingoes making fun of you’.
And with that the Alligator swam away.
Then Great Uncle Frank, the oldest Flamingo in the flock flew in and splashed to a stop next to Phil.
Great Uncle Frank stood on one leg and looked down at Phil.
‘Young Phil why are you standing on two legs on your own away from the rest of us?’
Great Uncle Frank was very old and very wise and Phil was very nervous but he said ‘ well Great Uncle Frank, it hurts so much when I stand on one leg so I just have to stand on two legs’.
Can I ask you a question Great Uncle Frank’ said Phil.
Of course you can Little Phil, what do you want to know’?
‘Why DO we all have to stand on one leg all day?’
Great Uncle Frank thought for a while and then said ‘ Well, we Flamingoes have always stood on one leg, My father did and my Grandfather and his father as well. As long as I can remember we Flamingoes have always stood on one leg’.
Phil sighed and felt very sad.Then he said ‘ but COULD we stand on two legs instead of one leg?’.
Uncle Frank thought for a minute and then said’ Follow me’.
He flew back to the flock and Phil splashed down next to him.
Great Uncle Frank stood on TWO legs and so did Phil.
The Flamingo standing next to Great Uncle Frank noticed he was standing on two legs so he did as well and he found it very comfortable.
Then the next Flamingo did the same, and the next and the next and the next until all of the Flamingoes in the flock were standing on TWO legs.
Great Uncle Frank winked at Phil and said ‘ Well done Phil, I was so fed up of standing on one leg and my old legs ached as well’.
Phil smiled. Now he was very happy to be know as TWO LEGS PHIL.