The Stop Smoking Short Story
The Curious Tale Of The Doll On The Shelf
There was once a doll who sat high up on a shelf. The doll did not know know how she got there , and the shelf was so high that she was afraid of falling and so she sat very very still. All day long the doll sat on the shelf and looked down at all the other toys on the floor and wished that she could join them. But week after week the doll would just sit there , afraid to move and feeling very lonely.
The doll had realised something else. With all that sitting there and not moving she was beginning to get ill. Instead of running around with all her friends she was getting no exercise at all and her arms and legs were getting very very weak. Well one day the doll was looking down at the toys and feeling very far away and there was another doll lying there in the middle of the floor. This was the dancing doll. He had lost one of his legs. He was lying there crying and trying to move but it was not working and all the other toys, the teddy bears and the soldiers and the big stuffed tiger with the one eye missing were not looking at him and pretending to be doing something else. When suddenly the Big Purple Elephant appeared. The Big Purple Elephant was the oldest toy in the house and all the other toys were afraid of the Big Purple Elephant. The elephant went over to the Dancing Doll and asked what had happened. The dancing doll explained that he had been trying to do a new dance when it all went wrong and he came crashing down and broke his leg off. And now he was stuck and nobody would help him. And he felt so unhappy, so useless and helpless.
Wel roared the Big Purple Elephant, “we’ll see about that”. And the elephant called the teddy bears over, and the soldiers and the big stuffed tiger with the one eye missing. “why are you not helping the dancing doll?” demanded the elephant. ” Because we did not know what to do”, they said, “and we were too embarrassed to ask “, said the stuffed tiger, “in case it was wrong”. “How can helping someone be wrong?” said the elephant, and he ordered them to look for the missing leg. The soldiers marched over to the window and the teddy bears looked in the corners and the tiger hid under the toy box because he was ashamed of his behaviour. And guess what?. The tiger found the leg right there!. And soon the dancing doll had his leg back on and was dancing as good as ever.
And as the Dancing Doll was trying out his repaired leg he leaned back and noticed the doll on the shelf.”Why are you sitting there” he asked”, “come down and join us”. “I can’t “said the doll on the shelf. “My arms and legs are weak and I don’t feel well”. “Well when you get down off the shelf your arms and legs will get strong again, won’t they?”. “Well yes”said the doll, but what if nobody wants to play with me now?”.”Don’t be silly “, said the Dancing Doll, “Every body wants you to come into the middle with them. They have all missed you . And you remember how much fun we all used to have together”. “Well yes”, said the doll ‘but I am weak and its so high and I don’t think I can’.said the doll. Elephant looked up and said ‘I wonder if you can move just a little’. “Oh yes” said the doll, I think I could move to the side just a little”. “Ok ” said the elephant, “See if you can move to the side a little”. And when the little doll did , he asked her to move to the side just a little bit more. And a little more, and suddenly her weight caused the whole shelf to tilt up, because she had over balanced it,and she slid down the slope to the shelf below, and she over balanced that one too, and the next one,and suddenly she was sitting on the floor with all the toys. “There”, said the elephant, with a smile, “you do know how to get down, don’t you?”. And all the toys cheered.