Friday, November 18, 2005

A Cowboy Parable.

Little Bird was curious.

What was it on the other side of the nest?

He hopped up onto the edge of the nest, lost his balance, and fell down to the cold hard ground of the prairie.

Poor Little Bird. Nothin' left to do but sit and find out how he was gonna die.

Not too much later, a big ol' cow comes amblin' past, sees Little Bird, and feels sorta sorry for him.

Not much a cow can do for a little bird, but she does what she can: Turns around, lifts her tail, and lays a big ol' cow plop right on top of Little Bird.

Well, now Little Bird is warm, and protected, and even has little bits of seed to eat.

Not too much after that, a hungry coyote comes snufflin' around. He can't see Little Bird, but doesn't he smell him. Slowly and carefully, he starts diggin' through that cowpattie, until he gets Little Bird all uncovered again.

And doesn't he just swaller him in one big gulp.

Nothin' left of Little Bird but a lesson.

And the lesson is this:

Those that give you lots of shit ain't necessarily your enemies.

And those that get you out of shit ain't necessarily your friends.



Blogger United We Lay said...

Excellent post and moral! When I am dealing with a particularly difficult student I often remind them that I am not their enemy, but that doesn't mean I won't give them a world of shit if they don't live up to their potential.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Colleen said...

thas deep man. i'm with polanco. same style with my students.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

Feel free to put it in your scrapbook, colleen. You and PC both sound like excellent teachers.

And no, PC, you STILL can't see my toes.


12:35 AM  
Blogger Rowena said...

BP, just wanted to say sorry I haven't been around. I will be back though, promise x

7:18 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Ick, that's gross.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

ro--no worries, mate. sounds like you've got an armload of stuff going on in your life. have at it, and check back when ya can

i get an ick from ica?


6:17 PM  
Blogger United We Lay said...

Thank you for the compliment. I do my best. Today was my first day teaching at military school. It's GREAT!

7:17 PM  

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