Eddy Eagle learns to be patient
Father Eagle came to visit Eddy and Ella. They were excited to show him around
and introduce him to their friend Spot. After a while Father Eagle said, "I have
news for you. My friend, Professor Wings has accepted you, Eddy, into her training
school for young eagles.
Ella you will stay here until I return from taking Eddy to the Professor. I will be
gone four or five days we will go to my new location I have chosen then.
Eddy was tempted to run away, but he knew his father would find him. He was
very nervous about the change he would be making, so he talked to Spot about it.
Spot told him, "It's O.K. to be nervous, but you will make new friends and see
new things; then you will learn so many new things you will be glad you went. I
remember when I left my mama, I didn't eat and I howled for three days. Then I
was so hungry I forgot to howl and by the time I was full, I was so sleepy I just lay
down with my head in my bowl and fell asleep. When I woke up I didn't howl
anymore but I was mad and I snapped at everyone and everything.
Father Eagle arrived early, Eddy told Ella and Spot goodbye one more time and
away they flew. They only stopped to catch food then were back in the air again.
The next day father dropped Eddy off at the professor's school. Eddy was so
nervous he could barely walk. He kept over his large wings and to make matters
worse he heard someone laughing. As he looked around he saw several kinds of
eagles. There were two Golden eagles, a Wedge-tailed eagle, a Sea eagle, a Harpy
eagle and then he saw another bald eagle like himself. The Harpy was the one
laughing he was the largest and fiercest of all eagles.
The professor was at the very top of a very large, old tree. "Eddy I am glad to have
you. Your perch will be the one just below mine and to the right. The first thing
Eddy was to learn was patience. They were told to sit still and scan the territory all
around, later they would tell everything they had seen. They were to receive points
for each sighting. Eddy discovered he should look as for out as he could to see
things. One eagle pretended to see a rabbit so as not to look bad for not seeing a
thing and the professor said "There was not a rabbit or I would have seen it. You
lose three points for lying to me." After that Eddy knew it was better to tell the
truth no matter what.
Eddy didn't see a thing moving for three days finely he saw a rabbit. Then he saw
a mouse, it ran away very quickly. Eddy found out he couldn't watch the other
eagles and get any points of his own. After the eagles learned patience they moved
on to cooperation and teamwork.
Eddy hated to wait for someone to do something. Eddy didn't like help he
wanted to do it himself. Finely he learned that help and cooperation brought better
results. Just like when father eagle helped with the big fish. He learned help from a
grown up, was okay. When he asked for help he even earned secret points and it
made the adults feel good to be able to help. The important thing was to learn as
much as possible in the time allowed.
Eddy was graded on his attitude as much as his abilities. The professor was
always watching them. Even when Eddy thought no one was looking and behaved
badly, he lost points. The young eagles soon learned good behavior was easier if
they knew the professor was looking all the time.
The Harpy had bullied the others so long because of his size he had a difficult
time. Eddy decided he needed a friend to help him. It wasn't easy, Harpy didn't
know how to treat a friend, but Eddy finely got through to him by ignoring his
insults. Then he taught him how friends should act.
Did you know God gives you points too? He is always watching you and he
knows when you have a bad attitude or even when you mutter under your breath
about something you don't like. There is a lot for you to learn and a short time to
learn it in. God has a job for you to do and you will not be able to do it until you
learn to have a good attitude with the people who love you and are trying to teach
you. I know some lessons are hard, I also know you can do it because God made
you in his image. When you make a mistake, tell God you are sorry. He forgives our mistakes and helps us to do better.
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