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Eddy Eagle and the Moon
by Ruby Bell
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Eddy Eagle and the Moon

It had been raining for days. Eddy was so tired of it he was ready to go
to the Moon just to get away from it. The storm had been so bad the
electricity had been out. Poles were blown over Ranger had locked the
eagles up good. He was afraid Eddy would get on a hot wire and get killed.
Today was the first day Eddy had been able to practice flying since the
storm had started. It felt good to stretch his wings. "Come on Ella you
have to learn to fly. I'll teach you. It is not hard at all." Ella came out of
the cage and looked around. At first they played with Spots ball, but it kept
rolling in a mud puddle. So Eddy decided it was time to fly. "Ok Ella,
jump as high as you can then flap your wings until the wind catches you".
Ella tried put couldn't jump high enough. "You have got to practice
jumping, Ella. You have to jump high like this." As Eddy jumped the wind
caught him and he soared up, calling back. "I am going to try to find the
Moon, Ella."
What Eddy thought was the moon was a very bright light on top of a hill
some distance away. He began to fly in the direction he remembered
seeing the light. The sky was clearing and Eddy hoped to be able to get to
the moon now. Eddy found he needed to rest after a while he had not
flown that far before. He landed in a large pine tree to look around and
rest. What he saw was very interesting.
A bunch of kids were chasing a ball around a field. They were playing
soccer. It looked like a lot of fun to Eddy. Then he began to feel sorry for
one kid. Everyone was kicking the ball at him. He would just stand there
until the ball came back. Then Eddy realized what was happening; all
those kids were trying to kick the ball into the kids' cage and he didn't
want it. The kid was kicking it away as fast as he could but there were too
many others. It looked like to Eddy that fellow needed help. The next thing
those kids knew there was an eagle joining there game. Eddy was right
down there beside the kid with his wings spread out and a fierce look on
his face.
I am afraid that stopped the game. Everyone ran away and Eddy flew
back to the tree and finished his rest. A short time later as he flew away he
was very proud of himself for helping the kid. How was he to know he had
ruined their game?
Eddy flew for some time he began to hope he would make it back for his
evening food. He could tell it was getting late. Then he remembered the
teacher talking about seeing the moon better at night. So he thought I
better find something to eat because I probably will be gone all night.
Eddy began to fly higher and higher, boy this is fun he thought. As he was
soaring higher he heard a familiar whistle. Father Eagle was calling him.
He turned and looked back, there was his father flying toward him. Eddy
was happy to see him but Father didn't look too happy with Eddy. "Where
are you going Eddy." "I am going to the moon." "Eddy you can't fly to
the moon. I have been very high and I have never gotten close to it." "But I
see it all the time right up on that hill over there." "That is not the moon it
is just a bright light. Now we had better start back or Ella will be worried
about you. I will come in the morning and we will go fishing together. I
will teach you how to catch a fish to eat." "OK" Eddy said. Then Eddy
told his father about helping the kid. His father laughed. "I was watching
you all the time. You really surprised those kids, Eddy. They won't forget
that game. "
As Eddy sat on his roost that night, the moon came up and rose higher
and higher in the sky. "Boy, that must be the moon" he said to himself "it
is really something." Eddy sat and looked at the moon so long Father
Eagle had to call him the next morning. As he flew away he told Ella
"I will bring you a fish. Hurry and learn to fly so you can go next time."

What did Eddy learn this time?
I think he learned it feels good to help someone. ( Even if he didn't
understand, he thought he helped.) And he was reminded that Father
Eagle was still watching over him.
I want to remind you that God is still watching over you. Don't forget to
thank him for it.

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