Granny Fox admits that she’s getting old in today’s story
To our surprise, Granny Fox Admits That She’s Getting Old. Old Granny Fox was a spry old fox for her age. If you don’t believe it just try to catch her.
But as spry as she is now, Granny Fox isn’t as spry as she used to be. No, Sir, Granny Fox isn’t as spry as she used to be.
The truth is, Granny was getting old, although she never admitted it. Reddy did not realize it until the day after the great storm.
Who will not admit he is older each day fools no one but himself — Old Granny Fox.
Granny Fox and Reddy were weak and hungry
Granny Fox and Reddy had hunted all night in vain for something to eat. When daylight arrived, they had crept into their house to rest awhile before starting on another hunt.
Granny Fox and Reddy did not possess the strength or the courage to search any longer when daylight arrived.
Wading through snow is very hard and tiresome work. However, it becomes more difficut when your stomach has been empty for so long that you almost begin to wonder what food tastes like.
This was why Granny and Reddy Fox just had to rest. As hungry as they were, they had to give up for a while.
Reddy wanted to give up
Reddy flung himself down. He was a discouraged young Fox.
“I give up,” he moaned.
“Tut, tut, tut!” said Granny Fox sharply. “That’s no way for a young Fox to talk! I’m ashamed of you. I am indeed.”
Then she added more kindly:
“I know just how you feel. Just try to forget your empty stomach and rest awhile...
“We have had a tiresome, disappointing, discouraging night. However, when you are rested things will not look quite so bad.”
‘Never a road so long is there
But it reaches a turn at last;
Never a cloud that gathers swift
But disappears as fast.’
Granny Fox continued to encourage Reddy:
You think you couldn’t possibly feel any worse than you do right now, but you could. I have had to go hungry longer than this…
After we have rested a while we will go over to the Old Pasture. Perhaps we will find food there.”
Reddy tried to forget the emptiness in his stomach. He actually had a nap, because he was very, very tired. When he awoke he felt better.
“Well, Granny,” he said, “let’s start for the Old Pasture. The snow has crusted over, and we won’t find it such hard going as it was last night.”
Granny arose and followed Reddy out to the doorstep. She walked stiffly. The truth is, she ached in every one of her old bones.
At least, that is the way it seemed to her. She looked towards the Old Pasture. It seemed very far away.
Granny sighed wearily, and said,
“I don’t believe I’ll go, Reddy. You run along.”
Granny told Reddy she was staying at home
Reddy turned and stared at Granny suspiciously. You know he was a very suspicious kind of fox. He wondered if Granny had some secret plan of her own to get a meal. Did she want to get rid of him?
“What’s the matter with you?” he demanded roughly. “You are the one who said that we should go over to the Old Pasture.”
Granny smiled a sad sort of smile. She was very sharp and smart, and knew what Reddy was thinking.
“Old bones don’t rest and recover as quickly as young bones, and I just don’t feel like going over there now.”
Granny continued wearily,
“The truth is, Reddy, I am growing old. I am going to stay right here and rest. Perhaps I’ll feel able to go hunting to-night.”
“You trot along now. If you get more than a stomachful, just remember old Granny and bring her a bite.”
There was something in the way Granny spoke that told Reddy she was speaking the truth. It was the very first time she had ever admitted that she was growing old.
Reddy had never noticed how gray Granny had become. He felt a feeling of shame creep over him. He felt ashamed for believing that Granny was playing a sharp trick on him.
This feeling of shame was followed instantly by a splendid thought. Reddy told himself that he would go out and find food, and bring it straight back to Granny.
He had been taken care of by Granny when he was little. He wanted to repay Granny for all she had done for him by taking care of her in her old age.
“Go back in the house and lie down, Granny,” Reddy said kindly. “I am going to get something to eat, and you shall have your share.”
Having said that, Reddy trotted off towards the Old Pasture. Somehow he didn’t mind the ache in his stomach as he had before.