Alsea, the dory, loves two things in life: swimming and eating. That’s why her favorite place is Park Lagoon where lots of food are present and where she can swim freely.
She was about to take a bite when she heard her mom.
‘Stop eating that junk food. It’s not good for you.’
‘Mom, try this new thing from land. You always make me eat planktons. Everyone my age now eats this.’
Back in the old days when Oceana was a young fish, she would stuff herself with planktons but these days, teenage fish love eating plastics. Oceana tried it once and she agrees that the taste is more palatable. After all, it didn’t taste like vegetables.
There is a downside, however. Their sea doctor, Dr. Fishbone said that these plastics are not good for health. He said it stays in their aquatic bodies and builds up. They are junk foods. Oh, well, since they are free, and they are everywhere now in the ocean, Oceana thought there could not really be much harm, could there?
Oceana turned to Alsea. ‘Ok, you can eat some of these plastics. I’ll go home for awhile. See you later.’
That night, Alsea did not return home.
* * *
‘Susan, keep your toys away, it’s time for dinner.’
‘Mom, look, I cooked fish.’ Susan showed her plastic fish toy served on a plate. She pretended to be taking a bite.
‘That looks delicious, Sweetie.’ Cassandra walked towards her daughter and helped her tidy up.
‘Now what do you say we eat what mom cooked this time?’
‘I’m sure it’s delicious, mommy. Let me quickly tidy this up.’
Cassandra and Susan walked towards the dining table to join their family. Cassandra sat Susan to her seat and went to take out the main dish.
‘Tonight, we’re having healthy dory.’ Cassandra chimed as she set the dish.
‘Wow, it’s not plastic. It’s real.’
John arrived at the heaven’s gate and was shown to the banquet hall where the heavenly feast was being held.
The menu was steak.
John approached the angel and requested, “I’d like to have mine rare, please.”
The angel replied.
“God does everything well.”
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