Author : Jody Hart Lehrer
Jared begged his father for a bedtime story. Mr. Edgars sighed, and reached for the book that his precocious seven year old son was handing him.
Jared eagerly settled on his back on his bed.
â€œImmigrants from Another Galaxyâ€ his father said, reading from the cover. This book was Jaredâ€™s favorite, about aliens fleeing to Earth from a planet the size of Delaware one million light years away. Instead of using the word â€œaliensâ€ the author used the term â€œcelestially challenged beings.â€
â€œEarth-bound beings,â€ began Mr. Edgars â€œdid not realize that life actually existed outside of their little planet until some visitors arrived in August of 2050.â€ Humans were called â€œEarth-boundâ€ beings because they were â€œboundâ€ to Earth and couldnâ€™t survive in the hostile atmosphere of other planets.
Mr. Edgars read the first part of the book, that told of the arrival of what some authors have referred to as a â€œspace shipâ€ but that this author called an â€œinterplanetary transporter.â€ The interplanetary transporter had made its first appearance on Earth somewhere outside of Phoenix, Arizona.
Clearing his throat, Mr. Edgars read â€œMr. and Mrs. Harry Kluggman were sitting in front of their mobile home near Phoenix that day, sipping their birch beers.â€
Mr. Edgars read on. â€œWhen an interplanetary transporter whizzed downward towards them like a monstrous man-hole cover, crashing through a mile of clotheslines connecting the mobile homes in the park, and finally coming to a rest in a big field nearby.â€
Mr. Edgars smiled and continued. â€œMr. Kluggman set down his birch beer bottle, but not before downing the last sip, and exclaimed as he wiped the spillage from his mouth with the back of his hand, â€˜Damndest thing I ever did see, Agnes!â€
Jared and his father paused to shout, with tumultuous glee, â€œDamndest thing I ever did see, Agnes!â€
Mr. Edgars picked up without missing a beat. â€œAt first, Earth-bound beings reacted with fear and suspicion. They locked up the celestially challenged beings and shot the ones they could not catch.â€
The next chapter of the book told about how the celestially challenged beings looked exactly like Earth-bound beings- except for the tails – making it terribly difficult for Earth-bound beings to keep from shooting their own kind unless they shouted â€œdrop your pants!â€
Mr. Edgars read the remainder of the book, describing how eventually Earth-bound beings accepted celestially challenged beings as allies and even friends. Reading aloud, Mr. Edgars said â€œFinally, Earth-bound beings realized that celestially challenged beings could hold down jobs, attend schools, and be productive members of the community.â€
Mr. Edgars smiled at his son, who was growing sleepy, put the book on Jaredâ€™s desk, and shut off the bedroom light. Bending down, he tucked the comforter around his sonâ€™s shoulderâ€™s. The comforter has images of interplanetary transporters on it.
As Mr. Edgarâ€™s prepared to stand up he noticed that he had forgotten something. Ever so gently, he tucked Jaredâ€™s tail under his comforter.