Solbit Stranded in the Forest

Dear Nicalai,

Oh, girl, did Papa make a bad mistake today! That wouldn’t have been so bad, if we had been in the city.  We weren’t.  We had driven a long distance from the city and parked in a remote place deep in a forest.

To get way out to the forest, Papa had to drive our car through tunnels that go under mountains.  As we approached the first tunnel, a big sign said, “TURN ON YOUR HEADLIGHTS.”  Papa did what the sign told him to do. Then when we drove out of the last tunnel, I guess he didn’t see a sign that said, “TURN OFF YOUR HEADLIGHTS.”  Yeah, he left the headlights on after he parked our car. That was his big mistake.

"Sorry kiddo, I don't have any jumper cables," Sherri the Squirrel told me, "but let me know if you feel like a nut. I've got plenty of those."

“Sorry kiddo, I don’t have any jumper cables,” Sherri the Squirrel told me, “but let me know if you feel like a nut. I’ve got plenty of those.”

After a three hour walk in that beautiful forest, we returned to our car.  Got in. Papa put the key in the ignition, turned it, and nothing happened.  Absolutely nothing!  Oh, no, we were stranded in the forest and the sun was going down! So much depends on a black electric battery, and ours was dead!

Since we didn’t see people around, Papa asked me to ask the local animals if they knew where we could get jumper cables — whatever those are — to start the car.  So, I did.

“Jumper cables.  I don’t know from jumper cables,” Robbie the Rabbit told me, “but I know how to jump.  You say ‘jump,’ and I say ‘how far.’”

“Jumper cables.  I don’t know from jumper cables,” Robbie the Rabbit told me, “but I know how to jump.  You say ‘jump,’ and I say ‘how far.’”

As you can see, I was getting nowhere, but Nona got some nice photos of the animals. She says the light just before sunset is good for photography.  She told me, “Always look on the bright side of things. Turn lemons into lemonade.”

But Papa kept saying, “Ask for jumper cables. We need jumper cables.”  Then Nona forgot about looking on the bright side of things.  She said, “What good are jumper cables if there’s no other car with a good battery to connect to?”  She made a good point, but Papa said, “One thing at a time. Let’s not get too far down the road.”  Nona observed that getting too far down the road was not a problem for us right now.

“Jumper cables?  You need jumper cables? Let me tell you, I have landed and sat on a lot of cables. Electric cables, telephone cables, traffic guard cables,” explained Sparky the Sparrow, “but not a one of them jumped. Nope never seen a jumper cable.”

“Jumper cables?  You need jumper cables? Let me tell you, I have landed and sat on a lot of cables. Electric cables, telephone cables, traffic guard cables,” explained Sparky the Sparrow, “but not a one of them jumped. Nope never seen a jumper cable.”

“Solbit? What kind of name is that? No jumper cables down here. Hey, come down here and roll in the dust with us,” the river otters suggested.

“Solbit? What kind of name is that? No jumper cables down here. Hey, come down here and roll in the dust with us,” the river otters suggested.

Just then we got two miracles in a row.  First, I asked a bee for jumper cables.

“Sorry Solbit, I’m busy gathering pollen and making honey.  I just can’t spare a minute to look for … what did you say? … jumper tables? Oh, no, jumper cables,” Belinda Bee spoke so fast that her words just buzzed in one ear and out the other.

“Sorry Solbit, I’m busy gathering pollen and making honey.  I just can’t spare a minute to look for … what did you say? … jumper tables? Oh, no, jumper cables,” Belinda Bee spoke so fast that her words just buzzed in one ear and out the other.

After she said she couldn’t help and my hope was fading, she buzzed back.  “Hey, walk down that road just a little way.  You’ll see a Telus Telephone truck and linemen.  I flew over them today on my way to the flowering tree.  I bet they have what you’re looking for.”  That was our first miracle. Papa checked down the road. The nice men loaned him their jumper cables!

Then our second miracle appeared: a car drove in near us, parked, and a friendly Canadian couple got out. They saw that the hood of our car was up. “Looks like you could use a jump start,” the man said. “Do you have jumper cables?”  Papa said, “The Telus guys just loaned me cables.”  “Well, let’s get this baby started, then,” the man said. The next thing I knew we were cruising down the highway.

“Welcome home, Solbit. You were away a long time today.  What have you been doing?” asked our neighbor Sally Skunk.

“Welcome home, Solbit. You were away a long time today.  What have you been doing?” asked our neighbor Sally Skunk.

Well, as you can tell. We had a long day in the woods.  I’m so thankful for those telephone line guys who loaned us the jumper cables and for the friendly local Canadians who brought their car over to help us, complete strangers that we were to them.  That must be one of the best things about human beings, they will go out of their way to help complete strangers in distress.  I wonder if my iguanodon ancestors would have done that? What do you think?

I’m your friend.

Love,

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Solbit

August 2015

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  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”

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