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Pet Name: Yanad
So, you know...This Korbat Day thing. Yeah, I suppose everyone's pet gets
pretty excited when they have an excuse to throw a party. I have four
Korbats, though, and by mid-October things start to get a bit hectic. Sure,
Iscai's not such a handful anymore. She's off painting some "Korbat Pride!"
signs. Arroyu, I'm sure, got suckered into helping her. Marussya is off
spending my neopoints buying Korbat related goodies and the basic foodstuff
to make even more sweet things. (Which I admit, I can't really complain
about, since she's good about sharing). But Yanad? Well...he's the
youngest, you know? And every year he tries so hard...
So I'm watching Yanad while writing this. Iscai's tried to get him to paint
a sign, but he doesn't spell very well, so the sign says "Heray Crobats"
instead of "Hooray Korbats!" Arroyu's tried to fix this sign by drawing
lots of Korbats slaying monsters around the edges, but it's hard to miss
Iscai's look of disgust. Now Marussya is trying to teach him how to mix
paint. That's gone awful. It's a good thing someone thought to put old
issues of the Neopian Times on the ground. At least the floor is saved. But
poor Yanad looks like he fell into the Rainbow Pool headfirst. Marussya is
starting to get upset about all the wasted paint.
But Yanad's still smiling. He's not a good helper, but he means well. The
family joke is that he's a great night light and that's the real reason we
keep him around. I sometimes worry that the joke will one day upset him,
but he's always smiling when he hears it. We all know that when we look at
him that he'll never be a great thinker like Iscai, not an adventurer like
Arroyu--and we'd definitely not let him near the stove any time soon.
There are lots of pets in Neopia who have done great things. That's just
how it is. If so and so's pet hasn't won this war, then he's won so many
beauty contests or he's read hundreds of books. The thing is, Yanad doesn't
care. He's not the best in anything at all. Hey, he's probably not even
close to being good in most things.
But you know, we love him anyway.
How could you not? No matter how many times he makes a mistake, he's always
ready to keep trying, to keep learning. And he has patience like no one
I've ever seen before. (Honestly, if I was half as clumsy as him I'd make
sure my Neohome was made out of jelly. It's easier on the knees when you
trip). Every year when Korbat Day comes around--no matter how much paint he
spills--no matter how many cookies he burns--no matter what ridiculous
thing he's responsible for doing--he's just SO happy. Why? 'Cause Korbat
Day is his special day. It's the day he reminds himself that he can
celebrate just because he's himself.
And Yanad, who doesn't suspect for a moment I'm writing into the pet
spotlight on his behalf thinks I'm sending out the customary "Happy Korbat
Day" cards. He's somewhat put off that I won't let him see. The picture on
the card I'm sending out is some wacky picture he tried to take of himself.
Somehow it came out like a kaleidoscope. We're not sure how he did it, but
we all agree that his mistakes are sometimes cool. But honestly, even if he
hadn't done that I'd have used his picture. He personifies the day. He's
everything that's good about a Korbat. Hey, he's everything that's good
about Neopia. Yanad is someone who's not good at games, but is there to
congratulate you when you win. He's someone to admire you, to love
you...someone who makes you laugh and makes you feel good about yourself.
And when Korbat Day is over, people will not pay so much attention to
Yanad. But you know, that's their problem. Yanad doesn't care and neither
do I. Sometimes the pets that are not-so-special to everyone else are the
ones that truly are.
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