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Topic: Shrewdness (03/07/05)
TITLE: Wily Wolf Meets Sagacious Sheep
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In the dark woods surrounding the sheep pen lived smart, shrewd Wily Wolf. Everyday he spent his time going from one end of the woods to the other looking for a way to enter the sheep pen where the plump Sagacious Sheep was feeding.
Wily Wolf knew that The Shepherd was the only one who could manage to open the sheep pen. He was able to gain entrance into it just by calling ever so gently. Sagacious Sheep heard his voice and gently nudged open the gate for The Shepherd to come in. Wily Wolf had tried to mimic The Shepherd’s voice dozens of times, but Sagacious Sheep knew the Shepherd. Wily could not fool her.
One day Wily had a new idea. If he made the woods seem like a place Sagacious Sheep might want to explore, then, maybe, she would leave the sheep pen and come just far enough into the woods for him to trap her. Finally, he would have a tasty sheep for supper.
From the shadow of the woods, Sagacious Sheep heard the sound of a gentle bleating that sounded as if it were saying, “Cooler water, fragrant clover, come and see, come and see.” Even though Sagacious Sheep was astute enough to know that this could be a trap set for her by Wily Wolf, she had become bored with the water and clover The Shepherd had provided for her in the sheep pen. She thought maybe, just once, she would go and see if something better tasting was just on the edge of the woods. If she found something that was better tasting, she would grab a quick nibble and then run back to the pen, and, if not, then she would run back immediately to the pen with no harm done.
Sensing danger, The Shepherd walked over to the sheep pen just as Sagacious Sheep was approaching the edge of the woods, and Wily was getting ready to pounce. He took the crook of His staff, and, gently, but firmly, put it around Sagacious Sheep’s round neck. He directed her back to the sheep pen where He made sure that she had the coolest water and the most fragrant clover she had ever tasted.
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