preferred to be called Mama and Papa
decided to gather their friends and family and develop a commune for
everyone to live on. Everyone was welcome to move onto the massive plot
of land that Mama and Papa bought with their savings. Food and
necessities were provided for everyone. The only rule on the commune
was for everyone to be cool with one another. No fighting or stealing
was allowed. Other than that, everything was copacetic.
commune, a far-out guy named Knight
moved into it. Mama took a special liking to him and all of her sisters
made sure to keep an eye out for his well-being. One night,
Knight was enjoying himself a little too much. He was wigging out all
over the commune and at one point went off on a dude for looking at him
the wrong way. Knight wailed on the guy. Once he got himself straight,
he was sent over to Mama and Papa's area, where everyone assumed he
would be kicked out for breaking the rule.
and on his way, but Mama and her sisters
stepped in. They made a deal with Papa that if Knight could find out
what it truly means to be a flower child in one week, he could stay.
Knight was cool with this arrangement. Someone there had the right
answer to save his spot in this nirvana. After getting the approval
from the rest of the members of the commune, Knight set out on his
quest for the answer.
to be a hippie was a lot harder than it
seemed. Everyone he asked had a different answer. Being good to the
earth, not eating animals, buying as few corporate goods as
possible...none of these explanations really captured the answer Knight
was looking for. Six days later, Knight was ready to give up. As he
wandered around the commune wigging out about his upcoming eviction, he
ran into Lady Moonbeam. She was a legend on the commune. She was filthy
and smelled like garbage that had been left out in the sun. Her hair
was matted and she wore layers and layers of threads that were too big.
Everyone stayed out of her way, but Knight was desperate.
ask you a question?" Knight
called out to her, hoping for a miracle. She, meanwhile, had been at
about Knight's behavior and was expecting him to ask her the question.
and you get to stay, you have to come live
with me and share my area. We will become one under the presence of the
commune population," Moonbeam propositioned. The hippies didn't believe
in legal marriage, but if two people came together in front of the
population, they were considered husband and wife.
desperate for her answer. She
smiled underneath the dirt and grime on her face and whispered
something into his ear. Knight ran back to Mama and Papa's home just
before the deadline.
crowd and proclaimed,"Brothers and Sisters, a
true hippie is one who not only stays true to themselves, but is true
to Mother Earth and all of her children in the form of people, plants,
animals and objects!"
one another and found that none of them
could come up with a objection to his explanation. Papa and Mama nodded
in unison and the rest of the members of the commune drummed their
hands on the ground in celebration. Lady Moonbeam stepped up and took
her place next to her man for their marriage ceremony. Once they were
joined together by Mama and Papa, they headed back to Lady Moonbeam's
pad for their first night together.
the commune, but was miserable at the cost. This
was not a righteous situation at all. He never thought that he would
marry the most unfoxy lady in the commune. Lady Moonbeam noticed his
depression and addressed him.
tonight. I helped you out and you
agreed to my commitment. I am one of Mother Earth's children. Shouldn't
you be true to me?"
that there was wisdom in her words and he mellowed out. He told her he
understood and even kissed her hand to prove his devotion. Lady
Moonbeam was pleased and went off to prepare herself for the night. A
while later a delicate, clean hand pulled back the psychedelic macrame
curtain. Knight watched in awe as Lady Moonbeam, freshly bathed and
combed, stepped into the light. Her golden curls were sparkling and her
skin was tanned like the golden brown sand on the beach. He took his
wife into his arms and they lived happily on the commune together for
years to come.