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Ella & The Papaya Tree

Silly: Why did the elephant paint her toenails red?

Sally: Because she wanted to hide in the strawberry patch.  Why did the elephant paint her toenails red?

Silly:  You just told me.  She painted her toenails red so she could hide in the strawberry patch.

Sally: That’s ridiculous even for you.  An elephant can’t hide in a strawberry patch!  She painted her toenails red so she could hide in the cherry tree.

Silly:  I have never seen an elephant in a cherry tree!

Sally: See, it worked!


Today I happened to mention to OC that the Papaya Tree in our backyard is in blossom.  Ella let out a squeal and shot out the back door like a greased elephant.  OC and I looked at each other and shrugged.

All Ella heard was “Papaya Tree” and she loves papayas.  She shot around the house and shinnied up that tree quick as a wink — and found only flowers.  Needless to say, she was disappointed.  And that’s when she looked down.

She was no more than five feet above the ground, but I guess when you are only 14 inches tall, five feet is a looooong way.  She let out a terrified elephant wail and hollered for help.  I went out and rescued her, but not before I took this photo.

Ella Phlint in a Papaya Tree
Ella Phlint in a Papaya Tree

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. How LONG til there’s fruit on that tree??? Poor Ella… I bet there’s some in the grocery store! Imagine Hawaiians eating IMPORTED papaya… that would just be WRONG wouldn’t it?

  2. Brian — I don’t know, being stuck in the house for a week while it rained wasn’t a lot of fun.

    Melli — as OC explained to Ella, 6 months. She took the news pretty hard, but she’s had Papaya for breakfast several morning since she’s been here! I reminded her of that, but she says it is not the same as picking it and eating it fresh of the tree.

    Silver — than don’t climb trees! Sheesh, you and Ella! [shakes head]

  3. Ella may be more trouble than I thought if she runs around like that. Whatever happened to those well reserved elephants of yesterday?

  4. Polona — she follows her impulses, that’s for sure!

    Cath — nope, she didn’t lose her voice, but the neighborhood lost their hearing!

    Dr. John — she’s really quite well behaved as long as she is kept from boredom.

    Carletta — Ella is adorable in any pose.

    Gattina — my Papaya Tree is still quite young. You’ll be no higher off the ground than you already are!

    Mumma — heights can be scary. They can also be exhilarating. Ella is already talking about climbing a coconut tree! (To my knowledge, she hasn’t yet.)

  5. Holly — you want to climb the Papaya tree and smell the flowers? They’re only five feet off the ground. Better for you to just sniff with both feet on the ground.

  6. That little Ella Phlint is going to have to listen a wee bit more before flying off, or she’ll get herself into trouble. She’s lucky you were close by to hear her screams. A papaya would be nice, though… hmmmm.

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