Why no Rhino?

I saw a Tweet on the Internet this morning. Oh. You know. One of those Viral Tweets.

But first. Let’s take a moment to consider the Viral Things of the Internet.

A lot of items out there seem to go Viral. If you don’t want to catch anything from the Dubious Viral Internet, you might consider taking a multivitamin. Also, be very sure to wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly — and often. Remember too, to avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth. And most of all, be sure to get a good night’s rest. Oh. And use a Mac.

Back to this Viral Tweet.

It was something along these lines. “My friend’s 5-year-old daughter saw a Rhinoceros, and called it a ‘Battle Unicorn.’ “

A Battle Unicorn. I love this. I think we should let 5-year-olds name everything on the planet.

There are more along these lines, from the very young.

Mosquitoes = Vampire House Flies
Dreams = Stories In My Eyes
Crows = Halloween Eagles
Beards = Face Grass
Ravioli = Pasta Pockets
Vultures = Flamingo Witches
Gloves = Hand Socks

Out of the mouths of babes, and better yet, the minds.

When we first come to this place, this earth of ours, we have very few filters. We also have brains which have not been exposed to the wonders of this place. We see the world with splendor, curiosity, and delight. Fresh perspectives.

But then. Time elapses. And we are mostly surrounded by older, crustier, weathered brains, who mostly need to be right. The corrections begin. And the wonder fades. The Battle Unicorns, we are told, do not exist. No, those my dear, are called Rhinos, and they come from Africa, or. Southern Asia.

But what if the kid knew something that we forgot? What if that 5-year-old was right? I’ve included an image of the Rhinoceros depicted on a wall of the Chauvet Cave in France, ca. 10,000–30,000 years ago, for good measure.

Truthfully? It looks a hell of a lot like a Battle Unicorn to me.

Today, maybe in our busy schedules of meetings, and appointments, our cleaning, and fixing, of working and worrying, we can try to remember our jobs when we first got here. We came here as little Love Warriors, wanting nothing more than human contact, and love.

Eyes filled with wonder, and fresh perspectives. Like a 3-year-old.

Draw little hearts on everything today. On everything. Smile at people. Thank someone, with all your might. Let that car turn out in front of you. And this next thing has already gone viral. But know, how unimaginably important you are, right now at this very minute, to so very many people.


“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”
― Og Mandino


“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden


“Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty.
I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.”
― George Carlin