One night, when Natalie was only a few weeks old, I went to put her to bed while she was too awake to settle down. So, I started telling her a story to put her to sleep. This is that story:
Once upon a time there was a beautiful little girl named Natalie. She was sweet and wonderful and her parents loved her very much. But there was something she wanted that she didn’t have. Natalie wanted a pony.
So one day, Natalie decided to go on an adventure and find herself a pony. She left home in search of the perfect companion. Along the way, Natalie met a squirrel. The squirrel was trying to reach a nut in a hole in the ground, but his little arms weren’t long enough. Natalie helped the squirrel get the nut. She told him that she was searching for a pony and he was excited.
“I’m all alone here and have nobody to help me. I see that you don’t have anyone either. If you will take me on your journey with you, I will gather all the food we need.”
Natalie thought this was a great idea, so they continued on the adventure together.
Soon, Natalie and the squirrel came upon a rabbit, who was trying to get out of his burrow. Embarrassed, the rabbit told them that he’d had too much for dinner and couldn’t fit through the door to his own home. He had made enough food for a feast, but nobody came over to eat with him, so he ate it all himself.
Natalie and the squirrel pulled the rabbit out of the hole and told him that they were searching for a pony.
“I’m all alone here, as you can see, if you will take me on your journey with you, I will cook all the meals we need.”
They decided that one more friend was a good thing, so they all set off together.
Soon, Natalie, the rabbit and the squirrel came to a river. They were sad because they didn’t know how to swim. A turtle overheard them talking and came to help.
“I’m all alone here and have nobody to talk to. If you will take me on your journey with you, I will swim across the river with you on my back.”
They all agreed that this sounded good, so off they went together.
After a while, Natalie, the turtle, the rabbit and the squirrel came to a mountain, too high for any of them to climb. They stood around, saddened that they could not go any further, when an owl flew by and stopped to listen.
“I have flown all around and know exactly what you need. If you will take me on your journey with you, I will fly above the mountain carrying you.”
This sounded wonderful, so off they went together.
When they landed on the other side of the mountain, Natalie was excited at what she saw. Standing before them was a whole herd of unicorns! One of the unicorns came up to Natalie and spoke to her.
“Welcome, Natalie! I have been waiting for you.”
“You have?” Natalie exclaimed.
“Yes. I have been expecting a beautiful young girl to come and take me away from my family to protect her.”
Natalie smiled, and then was sad.
“What is wrong?” asked the unicorn.
“I have a whole family already now. I have the squirrel, the rabbit, the turtle, the owl and my parents. I don’t know if I can take you away from yours.”
The unicorn smiled at her, “Natalie, it has always been my destiny to be yours. I was waiting to join your family, but you had to come get me so that you would meet these other friends along the way. Nobody should be lonely and you all needed each other.”
Natalie hugged the unicorn. Then, the squirrel, the rabbit, the turtle, the owl and Natalie climbed on the back of the unicorn and headed home together.