A TAU XI SISTER BEDTIME STORY
Once upon a time there lived a beautiful Princess named Carelotta, who lived in the wilderness with her handsome husband, Kurt, Prince and Protector of Wildlife. Princess Carelotta was known throughout the Kingdom for her kindness and beauty.
First, we will talk about her kindness. Her beauty speaks for itself. Carelotta had a storybook life except for her twelve oddball Tau Xi Sisters, who were constantly asking for advice. That is where this story actually begins. Sadly, this story will run on and on until we all fall asleep from boredom. Isn’t that the true purpose of a bedtime story anyway?
Oh well…as I started to say…
“Happily Ever After” seemed to fade soon after Carelotta got a princess phone for her 30th birthday. Little did Prince Kurt realize the repercussion of such an apparently thoughtful gift.
Carelotta became concerned when shortly after receiving her phone, she began to experience a ringing in her ears. There was no escaping the constant ringing day and night. She decided to visit her sister Barbwire at her new castle. Barbwire never minced her words and told Carelotta to stop complaining and seek help. Sir Michael, the resident doctor was Barbwire’s husband. He didn’t take long to make a diagnosis. The ringing wasn’t physical. It was that new fangled princess phone that made that noise.
So Carelotta rushed home to answer it. No one accused Carelotta of being smart – only kind and beautiful. You can’t have everything, even if you ARE a Princess.
When she answered the phone, it was her sister Territory. Now Territory was the recently elected leader of the family and since attaining this region of responsibility, had begun inquiring into all her sister’s personal lives.
Territory was very concerned about SueAid Moon. It seems SueAid was quite upset because another sister, Glorie, had gone out and stolen her name. She claimed to be another Moon. SueAid refused to change her name again and was threatening to take the matter to civil court. SueAid, who was normally very helpful and supportive of her sisters, felt there wasn’t enough room on this planet for two Moons.
Everyone knew Glorie was enlightened, but why couldn’t she choose EARTH, WIND, or even FIRE – anything but Moon! Glorie knew the law and insisted that she had a God given right to choose any name she liked.
Being the kind sister she is, Carelotta promised Territory she would search for an amicable solution to the dilemma. Since Carelotta was no expert on the stars, she called Katalyst, who had studied Astrology at the local university. She felt Katalyst might have an idea that could help the Moon Sisters. Katalyst, who was pretty spacey herself, being both blonde and a Gemini – air sign, could not understand the problem. Having several personalities herself, she could never become so attached to a name. She would just choose another one. After all, variety is the spice of life. Katalyst did agree there was not enough room on this planet for two Moons, and suggested the possibility of relocation.
Katalyst, who had been accused of coming from another planet herself, decided to go in search of the proper planet to transplant her stubborn Moon sisters. She went directly to her little sister Sharing. She was willing to give them the shirt off her back if that could help, and had a personal relationship with the Tooth fairies since her husband, David, was the Kingdom Dentist.
After all, everyone knows that Tooth fairies, Easter Bunnies, and Santa Claus each travel the Universe and are very knowledgeable on properties that might be available.
Sure enough! “Baby tooth” the Master fairy, had heard about a hot piece of property which had recently come on the market on the Planet Hollywood. This planet had multiple moons and one or two more would never be noticed.
Sharing and Katalyst knew this was the perfect solution. They decided to use one of the family unicorns, Snow, to fly off and investigate. Planet Hollywood was like a dream come true. They just knew the Moons would love it there. Now they only needed some money to buy a place.
They got back on Snow and headed off to see their sister, C.D. She was a respected banker in the Kingdom. Now C.D. was the practical sister. She knew the value of a dime, which is all she had to her name that day. Payday was 5 days away.
“Sorry, but I have no money to loan two wacky sisters. No one in their right minds would lend you money. You don’t even know the difference between a unicorn and a Pegasus. Unicorns don’t fly, silly,” she chuckled. C.D. was sometimes cruel with her honesty. Katalyst and Sharing, being a sensitive pair, left the bank with tears rolling down their chipmunk cheeks. What will they do? They had to find some way to get the money to help the Moons.
Luckily, they ran into a former, but never forgotten sister, Brandy, who is a cheerleading coach. She lifted their spirits with a cup of good cheer, and they were smiling and humming as they parted. For some odd reason the words, “Steal it, Steal it, Take it Away” began to cross their minds.
They were humming those words when from around the corner jumped the wicked lawyer,
“That’s against the law you stupid Tau Xi sisters,” he squeaked.
Quickly they were brought to their senses and jumped on Snow and flew away before Mc Dormite could weasel information from them. You see, Tau Xi sisters no longer considered him as Family. But that is another book!
Sharing and Katalyst continued on their quest for financial assistance. Where could they turn for help? Sharing suggested their sister, Darling. She was a great teacher and scholar of the Kingdom; surely she could think of something. Darling was quite pleased to see her favorite sisters. She cherished her entire family and made her home a sanctuary for those in need. Her hospitality was known throughout the Kingdom. She never became arrogant, even though she had married an Earl.
“Why not check with Palette and Bonne Amie, maybe they haven’t invested all their spare money in failing Pecan Market like our older sisters did this Christmas”, she suggested.
Bonne Amie and Palette were the two newest members of the Tau Xi family. Bonne Amie was everyone’s trusted friend who never knew a stranger, and Palette was known as the artistic/creative one in the family with ideas running the colors of the rainbow. Sure enough, they were more than willing to pay their dues and fork over the cash for such a good cause.
Katalyst and Sharing ran into another sister Marshal, shortly after getting the cash. She is the sister who always worried about the healthy practicalities in life and legalities. She reminded Katalyst that the law required all property be insured.
Luckily, sister Sunray was an expert in insurance, and was able to cut costs wherever possible. Her shining attitude gave Katalyst and Sharing the courage needed to face C.D. once again with their new plan. C.D. who is a financial whiz in her own right, admitted that her sisters had successfully solved the problem.
SueAid and Glorie loved the idea. They agreed to move to Planet Hollywood, where moons and Superstars like Sly Stallone and Bruce Willis can co-exist and even profit.
Princess Carelotta considered destroying that pesky phone so she could have peace and quiet again. But instead, she installed an answering machine, so she can secretly screen phone calls and only answer when she was truly needed.
Everyone lived Ever After Happily… or Not.
4/2/1995 Kat Boyd