The story of the smiling rock


There once was a little boy and he was good.
He was happy and loved to smile.
His smile made everyone else around him smile.
Birds smiled. Trees smiled. Invisible cheese smiled.
His smile lit up the world. Well, not the whole world.
Gary the rock, he couldn’t smile.
You see, Gary was a rock, and rocks don’t have the proper parts to allow them to smile.
This made him sad.
So, one day, the rock set out to find the smiling little boy in hopes to learn to smile.
Gary rocked far and wide. Up and down. Out and inside.
Then he found the smiling boy, he said,” I’m Gary. A rock. I can’t smile.”
The boy smiled.
Then Gary said,”Could you help me smile? I would love to smile.”
The boy smiled.
“What say you,” asked Gary. “Will you help me smile?”
The smiling boy then unsheathed his smile sword and cut a line across Gary’s face.
From side to side, Gary’s smiled gaped very wide.
And then, a very happy Gary, died.

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Published by: thetrentwilkie

Trent Wilkie is a husband/father/writer/journalist/performer in Edmonton. Trent has written for CBC Radio, Fangoria Magazine, Edmonton Sun, Exclaim Magazine, Fort Sask Record, Theatre Network, The Edmonton Fringe, and is currently pouring his heart and soul into his award-winning blog The UnDad. As well, Trent has also been a wilderness canoe guide for over 10 years which he now considers therapy. Trent is also a member of Mostly Water Theatre, a sketch comedy troupe and has performed in a bevy of Edmonton International Fringe Festivals to varying degrees of success. When taking time off from trying not to be boring, Trent likes to relax while watching horror movies and trying to write the perfect three chord song

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