Part 3: Hailey Helps Baby Elephant Find His Way Home

Years passed and Hailey and her brother stayed on the savanna together. Baby Elephant cried himself to sleep every night. Every night Hailey sang a song Baby Elephant ‘s mother had taught him.

Mother’s Song

Sleep my child with peace and security

Night after night.

Your slumber is pleasing to your guardian keeper

Night after night.

Your tenderness is always pleasing

Your thoughts while you sleep are most revealing

Night after night.

Sleep my child with peace and security

Night after night.

One day Hailey was taking a summer’s bath in the waterhole and a fine young hippo saw Hailey.  He felt deeply in love with Hailey and ask her to marry him. The two of them started a family. Often they would ask Uncle Baby Elephant to babysit for them. One day Uncle Elephant, now a handsome young elephant, was taking care of Hailey’s children. One of Hailey’s children hurt himself. Uncle Elephant rocked the child to sleep. As the child slept, Baby Elephant sang in the most beautiful baritone voice, Mother’s song

Sleep my child  with peace and security

Night after night

Your slumber is pleasing to your guardian keeper.

Night after night

Your tenderness is always pleasing

Your thoughts while you sleep are most revealing

Night after night

Sleep my child with peace and security

Night after night

 

A pretty young female elephant heard him. She said to herself: That is the strangest thing I have ever seen. An elephant watching over hippos. I’ll come back tomorrow and see if I can witness something different. The next day, she returned to witness the same thing. The young pretty elephant said I must be missing something here. The next day she saw Hailey and her husband taking care of the children. The young pretty elephant walked up to Hailey and asked her why was an elephant taking care of her babies.  Hailey shared the long sad story with the young pretty female elephant. Hailey told her how she and her husband could hear Uncle Elephant crying himself to sleep night after night. She knew it was because he misses his family.  The young pretty female elephant told Hailey not to worry. She would tell her father. He would make things right for Uncle Elephant.

The young pretty elephant’s father talked with the family of Uncle Elephant. He made his mother understand how unhappy Uncle Elephant had been for many years.  He told her the true story of Uncle Elephant and the cause of his sadness. She was sorry for the way she had treated her child. The young pretty female elephant’s father brought Baby Elephant to his mother to sing the song she taught him as a child.

Mother’ Song:

Song by Uncle Baby Elephant

Sleep my child with peace and security

Night after night

Your slumber is pleasing to your guardian keeper

Night after night

Your tenderness is always appealing

Your thoughts while you sleep are most revealing

Night after night

Baby Elephant’s mother began to sob. She knew without a doubt Baby Elephant was her son. He sang the song she made up and taught it to him.

Baby Elephant’s mother told him even after the birth of a little sister, she still could not forget him. Her constant worry caused Baby Elephant’s father to leave home.  Baby Elephant’s father started a new family and there were lots of half brothers and sisters in Baby Elephant’s family. Baby Elephant or Uncle Elephant as Hailey’s children called him, married the young pretty female elephant. Hailey went to live with her husband’s family and Uncle Elephant and his wife went to live with his mother. His baby sister married and moved on to another colony of Elephants. Baby Elephant started his own family. His mother and his wife took care of the little ones. They were never left alone.

The End

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