The Animal Facts of Life

“Elephants are pregnent fohr two years!”


“Uh-huh. Dhey also have duh biggest bwains of mammals.”

She smiled in the rearview mirror at her son. He sat hunched over his animal facts book.

“You know,” she ventured, “there’s a saying that ‘an elephant never forgets.’ Maybe because of their big brains.”

He didn’t answer. She knew he heard; he always did. That, the slight speech impediment, and his obsession with one topic made adults think he didn’t.

She sighed and rubbed her stomach, wondering how he’d handle being a big brother. Unlike an elephant, they only had nine months.


Written in response to Carrot Ranch‘s prompt this week. If there’s one thing I think of with sisu, it’s pregnancy.

May 2, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about sisu. It’s a Finnish concept of enduring strength, the ability to consistently overcome. Think long-term. Go where the prompt leads!

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Photo Credit:
Casey Allen

25 thoughts on “The Animal Facts of Life

    • Chelsea Owens May 6, 2019 / 7:48 am

      He’s a mix of two of mine. They’ve been pretty fun big brothers for the last five years or so. πŸ™‚


  1. Violet Lentz May 6, 2019 / 9:28 am

    Brilliant take Chelsea and done so well. We are so guilty of assuming anyone that is not just like is us less than. I love the delicate way you handled that.

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    • Chelsea Owens May 6, 2019 / 10:09 am

      Thanks, J. πŸ™‚ It’s thanks to my kids.


  2. lensdailydiary May 6, 2019 / 12:33 pm

    I really thought you had gone for number five when I read this. Nice story Chelsea.

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    • Chelsea Owens May 10, 2019 / 11:36 am

      For some reason, I just read your comment. πŸ™‚ I wrote this in thinking about how long pregnancy is, and imagined a conversation with a sort of mix of my second and third children.


  3. Charli Mills May 8, 2019 / 4:19 pm

    Chelsea, I appreciate the way you introduce the character, showing the relationship the mom has. It makes me think 9 months will be plenty of time.

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    • Chelsea Owens May 8, 2019 / 5:01 pm

      Thanks, Charli. I think she’s patient enough. πŸ™‚


  4. Norah May 13, 2019 / 4:10 am

    This story shows a lot of compassion, Chelsea. I like it. I agree that pregnancy is a great example of sisu. But imagine two years of it! No, don’t! πŸ™‚

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    • Chelsea Owens May 13, 2019 / 7:35 am

      Exactly! I still would have liked more of a 3 day stint, though. πŸ™‚

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