A girl named Madeline, with a vivid imagination and remarkable awareness of how bureaucracy can dash dreams, got her wish when she asked Los Angeles animal control authorities for a license to own a unicorn — if she’s able to find one.
The first-of-its-kind permit came with strings attached, however: The mythical creature must be provided ample exposure to sunlight, moonbeams and rainbows and have its horn polished at least once a month with a soft cloth.
Director Marcia Mayeda of the county Department of Animal Care and Control sent the girl a heart-shaped, rose-colored metal tag with “Permanent Unicorn License” emblazoned on it, along with a white fuzzy unicorn doll with pink ears, purple hooves and a silver horn.
The department’s response came after the girl wrote it a brief letter last month: “Dear LA County, I would like your approval if I can have a unicorn in my backyard if I can find one.”
Mayeda commended the girl for her “sense of responsible pet ownership to seek permission in advance” and for thoughtfully considering “the requirements of providing a loving home to animals.”
Its five conditions for unicorn ownership also require that any sparkles or glitter sprinkled on the animal be nontoxic and biodegradable, and that it be fed watermelon at least once a week.
“reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.”
-C. S. Lewis
credits: los angeles county animal care and control, AP
my money is on the baby for the win .
“the world belongs to the enthusiast who keeps cool.”
you never really know who’ll sail your way.
in the sea, the fish have learned to fly,
on a moonlit night on wings of silver,
as the enchanted stars sail serenely by.
do they know where do unicorns go?
where winged horses fly?…
~Jimmy Webb, “In the Sea,” Das Letzte Einhorn, 1982
huron river, ann arbor, michigan, usa – summer 2018
art credit: the unicorn is reading, by steph terao,
based on the hunting of the unicorn, a medieval tapestry
“stars were golden unicorns neighing unheard through blue meadows.”
-william faulkner, soldiers’ pay
and in a tiny shop,
filled with delicate treats
ice cream, cookies, cakes, and sweets
who better to sell these lovely delights
than a shining unicorn-
so brave and full of light?
“there are wild elephants in the country,
and numerous unicorns which are nearly as big,..”
my poem is dedicated
to my very young grandie, v,
who is an amazing artist
with a boundless imagination.
may you always have
magical unicorns in your life.
yes, it’s true,
there was a moment this week
when i realized
having a real text conversation
with my adult daughter
about who won the unicorn horn
(i think i did)
wondering where it was.
image credit: amazon.com