Reddy Fought A Battle

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How Reddy fought a battle

Reddy fought a battle in today’s Granny fox story. It took place after the Big Storm when he was really hungry.

After the last of his three foolish wishes, Reddy Fox left the Smiling Pool and headed straight for the Old Pasture. That had been his original destination.

He wished now that he had gone straight there. If he had, he wouldn’t have seen the suet tied out of reach on the branch of a tree in the Old Orchard.

If he had gone straight to the Old Pasture, he wouldn’t have seen the Bob Whites fly away to safety just as he was about to catch one.

If he had gone to the Old Pasture, he wouldn’t have seen Billy Mink bring a fine fish out of the water and eat it in front of him.

It is bad enough to starve with no in sight. However, it was even worse to be starving and to see just out of reach.

It’s horrible to see that , to smell it, and not be able to get it.

reddy fought a battle

Reddy forgot about his amazing wits, nose, ears and speed

Reddy Fox was grumbling to himself as he hurried to the Old Pasture. He felt angry.

It seemed that everything was against him. His neighbors had , but he had none, not even a crumb. It was unfair.

Old Mother Nature was unfair.

If he could climb he could get .

If he could fly he could get food.

If he could dive he could get food.

But Reddy could neither climb, fly, nor dive.

He didn’t stop to think that he possessed very sharp wits. He didn’t remember that he had a wonderful nose.

Reddy didn’t remember that he had keen ears; or that he was among the fastest runners in the forest.

Reddy forgot these things.

He was so busy thinking angrily about the things he didn’t have that he forgot to use his wits, nose and ears when he reached the Old Pasture.

As a result, he trotted right past Old Jed Thumper, the big gray Rabbit. Jed was holding his breath as he sat behind a little bush.

As soon as Old Jed saw that Reddy was safely past, he headed for his briar castle as fast as he could.

It’s not the foes that are without
    But those that are within
That give us battles that we find
    Are very hard to win   — Old Granny Fox.

Reddy decided to use his wits, nose, ears and speed

Reddy only spotted Old Jed when he started to move. Of course, Reddy started after him. This time, he made good use of his speed, but he was too late.

Old Jed Thumper reached his castle with Reddy two jumps behind him. Reddy knew now that there was no chance of catching Old Jed that day.

For a few minutes he felt more angry than ever. Then all in a flash Reddy Fox became the shrewd, clever fellow that he really is. He grinned.

It’s no use trying to fill an empty stomach on wishes,” he said.

He grumbled,

If I had come straight here and minded my own business, I’d have caught old Jed Thumper. Now I’m going to get some food and I’m not going home until I do.”

Reddy very wisely put all unpleasant thoughts out of his head. He settled down and began to use his wits, eyes, ears and nose with all his might. That is what his Creator had intended.

All through the Old Pasture he hunted, taking care not to miss a single place where there was the least chance of finding food. But it was all in vain. Reddy gulped down his disappointment.

Reddy fought a battle when he found a fish in the Big River

Now for the Big River,” he said, as he started off bravely.

When he reached the edge of the Big River, Reddy hurried along the bank. He didn’t stop until he reached a place where the water seldom freezes.

As he had hoped, he found that it was not frozen now. It looked so black and cold that it made him shiver just to see it.

He ran back and forth with his nose to the ground. Suddenly he stopped and sniffed. Then he sniffed again.

He followed his nose straight to the very edge of the Big River. A dead fish was floating in the black water! He could get it if he waded in.

Reddy shivered at the touch of the cold water, but what were wet feet compared with an empty stomach?

In a minute he had that fish and was back on the shore. It wasn’t a very big fish, but it would stop the ache in his stomach until he could get something more.

With a sigh of pure happiness he sank his teeth into it and then — he remembered poor Old Granny Fox.

When he did, Reddy fought a battle.

Reddy swallowed a mouthful and tried to forget Granny, but he couldn’t. He swallowed another mouthful.

Poor old Granny was at home as hungry as he was. She was too stiff and tired to hunt. Reddy choked, then he began a battle with himself.

His stomach demanded that fish. If he ate it, no one would ever know. But Granny needed it even more than he did.

For a long time Reddy fought with himself. In the end he picked up the fish and started for home.

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