Hello little girl, you were so kind to me. Everybody tries to avoid me because I am old. But you still come to me. So I will tell you my story, would you like to hear that?” asked the sad old elephant. “Of course, I want to hear the story of an elephant, please tell me,” the little girl was curious to know more about the old elephant.
“Once upon a time, I was a young and charming elephant in the circus. I am in this circus, ever since I was a kid. I learned a lot of tricks from my master trainer. Some of those tricks were hard to learn, so I had a hard time with the trainer. But the training made me an expert.
You know, with proper training, one can be an expert in anything, but that requires dedication and hard work too on the learner’s part. I was a great performer, nobody was there to beat me in my performance. After each performance, I got a lot of endless applause.
Can you see those young elephants standing there? They are my students. I feel so proud of them. I taught them the tricks when they were still young, the tricks I took years to master.
Times have changed, now the circus management wants to get rid of me, as I am old and no longer able to perform. Tomorrow we are leaving for a new place. I don’t know when we will meet again,” said the elephant with tears in his eyes. The little girl tried to console him, but she also cried with him.
The next day when the little girl arrived, there were no circus tents. The circus had moved to a new location. But, to her surprise, she saw the old elephant still standing there, smiling at her. “Why, what happened? You didn’t go with your circus?” she asked. “No dear, they sold to me the local zoo, and I am waiting for the zoo authorities to take me to the zoo,” the elephant said, he was very happy about that. The little girl too was happy because she can continue to visit the old elephant in the zoo.