|The young wolf was very hungry by this
he thought about going to the garbage pile and digging for
scraps, but he decided it would be foolish to hunt for scraps when
he would soon have a whole baby thrown his way.
When the baby whined again the poor hungry wolf leaped onto his feet so he could catch the delicious bundle coming his way. The mother rushed into the nursery and said: "Hush, child, hush! You had better stop your crying, or I will throw you out the window to the Wolf right this instant!"
The poor hungry wolf was ready. Oh, he was so ready he could hardly wait. His long red tongue licked his chops and he stood there with his ears perked to catch the slightest sound to indicate the baby was being thrown his way, but after a short time the baby quit crying and the mother went away.
The poor hungry wolf was very, very hungry by this time and it was getting hotter by the minute. "If I had stayed at the garbage pile I might have found a few scraps by now and would be back in my mother's den to take it easy during the heat of the day."
So, naturally he thought about leaving his post and going to the garbage pile to dig for scraps, but at last he decided it would be foolish to hunt for scraps when he would soon have a whole baby thrown his way, and sank back down to wait for a delicious treat.
When the baby whined again the poor hungry wolf leaped onto his feet so he could catch the delicious bundle that would soon be coming his way. The mother rushed into the nursery and said: "Hush, child, you have got to hush! If you don't stop your crying I will throw you right out the window to the Wolf this very minute!"
The poor hungry wolf grinned from ear to ear. The time had come at last. That baby was so close that he could taste it already. Yum, YUM! He danced from side to side to get himself in just the right place to catch his meal and he opened his mouth wide. The minutes passed with the baby crying more and more and the hungry wolf's long red tongue licked his chops and he stood there with his ears perked to catch the slightest sound to indicate the baby was being thrown his way, but gradually the baby quit crying and at last the mother went away.
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|The poor hungry wolf was very, very, very
hungry by this time and it was so hot that even in the shade
his tongue was hanging out long enough to touch the ground.
He turned and stared towards the garbage pile. "If I
had just stayed the garbage pile when I first came here
this morning then I might have found a few good scraps to
eat by now and I would be back in my den with my feet up to
take it easy during the heat of the day."
So, he thought about doing the Smart Thing, leaving his post and going to the garbage pile to dig for scraps, But, NO! he said to himself, I have invested all this time so it would be foolish to go after a few scraps. it's too late now. I have all this time invested and if I leave it will all go to waste.
Besides, his shade was gone now, it was hot, REAL hot, and digging for scraps is hard work so at last he sank back down in misery and decided it would anyway be just too foolish to hunt for scraps when he would soon have a whole baby thrown his way if he would just make himself wait a little bit longer.
When the baby howled again hours later the poor hungry wolf imagined himself so weak from hunger that he had trouble scrambling onto his feet and fell back to the ground. "Up feet, UP! I must get up so I can catch the delicious bundle coming my way this time for sure."
He just knew the terrible wait had been worth it when he heard the mother rush into the nursery and say: "Hush, child, you hush this very instant or I will throw you right out the window to the hungry wolf!"
Oh, she means it this time, he thought. The mother sounded so angry that the poor hungry wolf grinned from ear to ear. He tried to get to his feet but his knees were so weak he toppled over and his big wide mouth scooped up a snout full of sand. "That baby will be mine any minute, so I must get up and be ready for it."
Inch by inch the poor hungry wolf rose to his feet and gazed towards the open window. His big long red tongue licked his dry chops as he leaned against the wall so he could stand there with his ears perked to catch the slightest sound to indicate the baby was being thrown his way, but it seemed like just a short time before the baby quit crying and the mother went away once more.
"OH, if I could just pinch that baby good and hard he would be mine! All Mine!"
Twice more the mother complained about the fretting child and said, "Hush, child, hush! Stop your crying, or I will give you to the Wolf!" And thus it came to pass the wolf went on hoping that at any moment he would have the child handed out to him on a silver platter and maybe even a pat on the head. But though the little one continued to fret, the poor hungry wolf waited all day in vain. Then, finally, toward nightfall, he heard the Mother's voice rise again as she sank down near the window to sing and rock her baby to sleep one more time.
"There, child, there! the poor hungry wolf shall not get you now. No, no, NO! Daddy is watching that Big Bad Wolf right this minute and Daddy will kill him with a hoe if he should come anywhere near this house! Hush baby, HUSH! I have you in my arms and no wolf in the world shall tear you away from me!"
The poor hungry wolf was so frightened at this news that he leaped to his feet and glanced all around him. There, there! The mother was right. The Father was coming over the bridge right that very minute and sure enough, there was a big, sharp hoe in his hands.
Worse than that, three vicious dogs scampered at the father's feet. There was no time to lose! the poor hungry wolf took off running just as fast as he could go. The dogs saw him leaping right over the garbage pit and saw him rushing away. With a stream of yelps they were soon chasing right at his heels. the poor hungry wolf was barely able to save himself from the dogs, and then only by a clever bit of running.
As he crept into his mother's den she raised up her head. "You must have dined very well for you have been gone all day."
the poor hungry wolf was still so hungry he could not say a word in reply. He knew it would be a long, miserable night.
Aesop Says the moral to this story is: Do not believe everything you hear. But today's poet and storytellers know the real moral of this story is that mothers say a lot of things they don't mean, just to make the air move about the child's head that she loves.
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