Eddy learns about Bullies !
Summer was about over Eddy had learned to fish with his father. They had
fished almost every day for their food. Then one day Eddy was told he could go
fishing alone. Eddy thought that would be great fun. What he didn't know was
Father Eagle was following him to be sure he didn't have trouble. He knew
something Eddy did not know. There were bullies that hung around waiting to take
the fish of young eagles when they began to fish on their own.
Eddy flew to the lake, meeting another young eagle on the way. They flew along
feeling very proud of themselves. When they arrived at the lake it appeared there
were only young birds fishing, Eddy decided he would show all the others he could
catch the largest fish. He began to fly a circle around the lake so he could see the
fish swimming below the water. The others began to catch the little fish. Eddy was
waiting for a big one. Then he noticed a large bird snatching fish from one of the
other young eagles. As he watched another was stolen, then another. Eddy became
angry at that. He dive bombed the thief, causing him to drop the stolen fish. He
took the fish to the bird who had lost it. Then returned to his own fishing, but as he
looked to the left other fish were being stolen. He realized there were several
thieves at work. He called the other eagles to follow him. They flew off to a empty
beach and he began to talk to them. " If we stick together we can run those thieves
away. Lets take turns fishing while the others watch. If a thief goes after a fish
everyone dive after them. Remember we must stick together."
It worked, when they all stayed together, took turns fishing and watching
everyone got to fish for their food and were able to have a good time doing it. The
thieves seemed to have disappeared so when the other birds left to rest Eddy
stayed. He was still hoping to catch a big fish to take back with him. The fish
seemed to know the fishing was over and as Eddy was watching he began to see
more and more fish. Still he waited he wanted a really big fish. Then he saw it, a
great big fish even larger than the one father eagle had caught the other day. Eddy
went into a dive, he caught the fish and he was holding tight. Something was
wrong he couldn't get out of the water. He realized the fish was too big for him to
lift, the problem was he couldn't turn loose. He had locked his talons so as not to
lose the big fish and they wouldn't unlock until the weight was not pulling on
Eddy did not have time to even look up but he heard a cry above him. Father
Eagle zoomed out of the sky, took hold of the fish and together they were able to
carry it to shore. Once Eddy was free he had to rest, he was ashamed he had to be
rescued again, but he was thankful his father had been there.
Finely Eddy looked up at father Eagle who was enjoying a good meal. "I'm
sorry." Eddy said.
"I'm not," his father said, " I have been watching this fish and wishing I had
someone to help catch him. Now that we have him I am going to enjoy it. I had not
eaten this morning I was waiting for all the young ones to finish, so I could catch
my meal. Come on Eddy eat, there is plenty to take to Ella."
As they eat Eddy asked, "You were watching all the time?"
Father eagle tore off a piece of fish before answering. "Yes, I wanted to be sure
you didn't get into trouble."
"Why didn't you help when the thieves were stealing the fish?" Eddy wanted to
Father only shook head. "You didn't need me then, I knew you would do
something and you did the right thing. You see Eddy you have to learn to do some
things for your self, but there will be times you will need help. When the job is too
big or you make a wrong choice."
"What about the bullies, why do they do that?" Eddy wanted to know.
Father Eagle looked at Eddy and smiled. "The bullies will always be around,
they are lazy, maybe someone treats them like that or they see someone that gets
things by being a bully. When you stick together with others, they will back off.
There is nothing wrong with asking for help when you have a problem you can't
handle alone, Eddy. You did a good job with the thieves Eddy. You should have
thought about the fish a little more, but you won't forget that lesson." Father Eagle
What about you, have you met a bully? Remember if you see someone getting
bullied, be a friend. Then tell an adult, if the problem continues.