The Little Boy and The Rattlesnake
The little boy was walking down a path and he came across a rattlesnake. The rattlesnake was getting old. He asked, "Please little boy, can you take me to the top of the mountain? I hope to see the sunset one last time before I die." The little boy answered "No Mr. Rattlesnake. If I pick you up, you'll bite me and I'll die." The rattlesnake said, "No, I promise. I won't bite you. Just please take me up to the mountain." The little boy thought about it and finally picked up that rattlesnake and took it close to his chest and carried it up to the top of the mountain.
They sat there and watched the sunset together. It was so beautiful. Then after sunset the rattlesnake turned to the little boy and asked, "Can I go home now? I am tired, and I am old." The little boy picked up the rattlesnake and again took it to his chest and held it tightly and safely. He came all the way down the mountain holding the snake carefully and took it to his home to give him some food and a place to sleep. The next day the rattlesnake turned to the boy and asked, "Please little boy, will you take me back to my home now? It is time for me to leave this world, and I would like to be at my home now." The little boy felt he had been safe all this time and the snake had kept his word, so he would take it home as asked.
He carefully picked up the snake, took it close to his chest, and carried him back to the woods, to his home to die. Just before he laid the rattlesnake down, the rattlesnake turned and bit him in the chest. The little boy cried out and threw the snake upon the ground. "Mr. Snake, why did you do that? Now I will surely die!" The rattlesnake looked up at him and grinned, "You knew what I was when you picked me up."
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The Little Boy and The Rattlesnake@Derek Madge
I like this story - though I usually tell it as a scorpion and a frog crossing a stream; the point is the same in both versions. The moral of the story is flexible too. You can fit the lesson into many situations dealing with people, governments, teachers, friends... you knew what I was when you first got to know me.
Now I have to say though that I like the scorpion version rather than the rattlesnake because, as far as I know, scorpions are not endangered. Unlike the only venomous snake in Ontario, where I live. The Massasauga Rattlesnake is an endangered species; I've traipsed around it's homeland for dozens of years off and on and have encountered over a dozen. They are shy and would far prefer to escape from danger - humans, that is - than to bite. Even if they do bite in self defense - they will not necessarily inject venom, choosing to save it for prey. And even if they do inject venom, it hasn't been fatal to anyone for many decades; and that person did not get medical treatment. Any snake bite has potential for infection like any animal bite does. And I understand that some venomous snakes are not as laid back as our Massasauga rattler is. But it still distresses me to hear of mass slaughters of rattlers in various states apparently for the sheer fun of it; it also distresses me to hear that in my neck of the woods, though protected by law, this endangered (and not very dangerous) snake is killed when encountered and it's shrinking habitat taken over more and more by humans.
Just a little reflection on who the "bad guy" in stories should be.
The Little Boy and The Rattlesnake@Michael
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