Grandma And Me, And Bernard, My Elephant

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(200 Words, actually; text on pics.) An illustrated poem for a treasured grand daughter, showing some of Life's unexpected twists and turns – a chance meeting, a blossoming friendship, then discovery, disaster and a tragic parting of ways.
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About Lindsay Johannsen

There's not a lot to tell really, though on reflection, looking back on it through the lens of one’s recollections and memories, the whole business seems more akin to an extended Huckleberry Finn adventure, but set in the vastness of Central Australia.

Born, raised and schooled in Alice Springs; taken from the leafy glades of learning mid-way through Year-eight to work at my father's remote little copper mine; later employed for some years driving his cattle-hauling road trains – him having pioneered road trains and the cattle hauling business (see "Kurt Johannsen: A Son of the Red Centre").
Married in the fullness of time; built a bush homestead on the northern edge of the Simpson Desert and raised a family there, all while running a small tungsten mining business and provisioning the hundred or so Aboriginal people local to the area who adopted us.
Sold our mine and homestead a few years after the kids had flown the coop, acquired a forty foot (12m) touring coach, converted it into a big steel-wheel mobeel Palaise-de-passion motor home and took to the roads of this great land of Oz - in the main visiting our offspring (most of whom had moved to coastal regions), our grandchildren generally and a couple of great grandies - plus various friends and associates from years gone by.
Then, as time went by, my Bride my Precious Lamb and Flower of the Early Mid Morning contracted dementia and, after a period of steady but inevitable deterioration, she passed away from its effects aged 85 - in June 2018.
I don't write much any more, but I did convert a short fictional love poem written earlier into a summary of it all - our meeting, our life together and my current state of mind ... in 200 words.
"Life Sentence" it's called. It's in the list below. Please feel free to read it, with my compliments.
L.J.

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About the Series: Kid Stuff
Some of one's children's items – a couple recent, a couple less so – all written with a particular grandchild in mind and each written with the notion of it being read aloud to them, so explaining the use of a word or two that may seem beyond the item's apparent age range. But meeting new words is part of a child's learning and growing, so I've never shied away from doing it. As a rough guide, "…Billy Boiglebird" and "Raggedydax" are for 5 to 10's or so, "The Enchanted Music Box" 7 to 12 perhaps and "The Fat Frog Song" is for the littlies.

As for "Grandma And Me, And Bernard, My Elephant"... well, that's specially for kids aged between two and eleventy.

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Pepp Erfield reviewed on May 10, 2017

A touching story of a short friendship between a girl and an elephant she found out wearing pijamas! She brings him home and hides him so her grandma doesn't find him. Entertaining story to read to your kids. Good book, don't miss it!
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