Reddy Made Three Foolish Wishes

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How Reddy made three foolish wishes

In today’s fox story, we discover that Reddy made three foolish wishes. What could those have been? Let’s read on to learn more.

Most of us are foolish enough to make wishes that cannot come through ever now and then. I guess you have done it.

Peter Rabbit has done it often and then laughed at himself afterwards.

I suspect that even shrewd, clever old Granny Fox has been guilty of making foolish wishes more than once. It is not surprising that Reddy Fox, as hungry as he was, should do a little foolish wishing.

There’s nothing so foolishly silly and vain
As to wish for a thing you can never attain.
          —Old Granny Fox.

Reddy had a sudden memory

Reddy had left home to go to the Old Pasture, with the hope of finding something to eat there. He started off bravely.

It was very cold, but his fur coat kept him warm as long as he was moving. The Green Meadows were glistening white with snow. All the world that he knew was white.

It was beautiful, very beautiful, as millions of sparkles flashed in the sun. But Reddy had no thought for beauty. He was only thinking about something to put in his and Granny Fox’s empty stomachs.

Jack Frost had hardened the snow so that Reddy no longer had to wade through it. He could run on the crust now without breaking through. This made movement much easier, so he trotted along swiftly.

Reddy had intended to go straight to the Old Pasture. However, a memory suddenly popped into his head. He remembered the shelter down in a far corner of the Old Orchard. Farmer Brown’s boy had built it for Bob White.

Reddy wondered if the Bob White family was there now. He felt that he should go there first and surprise them.

Reddy stopped and looked carefully to make sure that Farmer Brown’s boy and Bowser the Hound were nowhere in sight. Seeing no one, he ran swiftly towards the Old Orchard.

Just as he entered it he heard a merry voice just over his head: “Dee, dee, dee, dee!”

Reddy wished he could climb

Reddy stopped and looked up. He saw Tommy Tit the Chickadee clinging tightly to a big piece of fresh suet that was tied fast to a branch of a tree. Tommy was stuffing himself with the .

Reddy sat down right underneath that suet and looked up longingly. The sight of it made his mouth water. It was almost more than he could manage.

He jumped once. He jumped twice. He jumped three times. But all his jumping was in vain.

That suet was beyond his reach. There was no possible way of reaching it except by flying or climbing. Reddy’s tongue hung out of his mouth with longing.

I wish I could climb,” said Reddy.

Reddy knew that he couldn’t climb. He also knew that all of the wishing in the world wouldn’t enable him to climb. After a little he moved along.

Reddy wished he could fly

As Reddy drew near to the far corner of the Old Orchard, he saw Bob White, Mrs. Bob and all of the young Bobs. They were picking up grain that Farmer Brown’s boy had scattered for them just in front of the shelter he had built for them.

Reddy crouched down and very slowly, an inch at a time, he crept forward, eyes shining with eagerness. Just as he was almost within springing distance, Bob White gave a signal. All of the Bob Whites flew to the safety of a hemlock-tree on the edge of the Green Forest.

Tears of rage and disappointment welled up in Reddy’s eyes.

I wish I could fly,” he muttered, as he watched the brown birds disappear in the big hemlock-tree.

This wish was as foolish as the other one, so Reddy trotted on. He decided to go down past the Smiling Pool. When he got there he found it, as he expected, frozen over.

Reddy wished he could dive

Just where the Laughing Brook joined the Smiling Pool, there was a little place where there was open water. Billy Mink was sitting on the ice at the edge of the open water.

Billy Mink dived in to the water just as Reddy got there. A minute later he climbed out with a fish in his mouth.

Give me a bite,” begged Reddy.

Catch your own fish,” answered Billy Mink. “I have to work too hard to get my .”

Reddy was afraid to go out on the ice where Billy was. He sat and watched Billy eat that yummy fish. When he finished the fish, Billy dived into the water again and disappeared.

Reddy waited a long time, but Billy did not return.

I wish I could dive,” sighed Reddy, thinking of all of the yummy fish somewhere under the ice.

This wish was quite as foolish as all of the other wishes.

By Baby Milestones

Baby Milestones is dedicated to sharing information about the month-by-month milestones of child development. We also teach about the development of the inner, human spirit; childhood diet; the importance of play; how to raise children to love God, and much more.

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