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Topic: INDEFATIGABLE (02/11/16)
- TITLE: The Spirit And The Saint
By Stephen Kimball
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By now, Baby Bear was well aware of what Mamma Bear expected, and he knew that there was discipline waiting for him when he wandered outside of the boundaries that she had set. While he often thought he was all alone, Mamma Bear always kept an eye on him wherever he went and at the sound of Mamma Bear’s voice he would usually, with some reluctance, return to his mamma. While he did appreciate his mamma for all she had done for him, it seemed he couldn’t resist the temptation to chase those rabbits.
Now Baby Bear had never actually caught one of these creatures, they were much faster than he was, but he was determined. Early one morning, as Baby Bear was feeling particularly playful, he noticed a large rabbit pop his head out of his hole. This particular rabbit he had almost caught the day before and he was not going to let that rabbit out of his sight until he caught him today. So off he went, and as the bear approached, the rabbit ran. Rabbits typically seemed to have an escape plan…they didn’t have to run very far to hop down into a hole. For some reason this time, perhaps it was part of the game, this rabbit would move a good distance away and stop, eyeing Baby Bear as if to taunt him into chasing him farther. Well Baby Bear took the bait and it wasn’t long before he knew he had reached his boundary line. He could hear his momma’s voice in the distance but nothing was going to stand in his way this time.
This stop and chase game continued for a long time until Baby Bear noticed it was getting dark. He was hungry and thirsty and tired when all of a sudden, he realized he that he had no idea where in the forest he was. He didn’t know which way to go to get back home – he was lost. Baby Bear was frightened. Not only had he lost his way but he was afraid of what his mamma would do to him if he did find his way home. He laid down to rest. He was very disappointed in himself. After much thought, he decided that he could not bear to face his mother again and that he would camp out here for the night and hide from Mamma Bear who he knew would be coming for him.
Now Mamma Bear knew that Baby Bear had made a bad choice and had gotten himself into a situation that required her help. So Mamma Bear headed toward her cub. She would find him and bring him home. There was no stopping - no time to rest. She looked and looked and looked some more through the darkness, calling out as she moved. The night seemed like an eternity to Mamma Bear but she wouldn’t quit, couldn’t quit, until she had her cub back. Just as the sun was breaking through the pine trees, Baby Bear thought he heard his mamma’s call, in the distance, as it seemed to float toward him on the wind. He was afraid so he hid himself…and the sound steadily grew louder and louder. Before long Baby Bear watched as Mamma Bear appeared over the bluff and he knew he had been found. Baby Bear was ashamed of his disobedience and bowed his head in submission. As they began the journey home, Mamma Bear lovingly nudged her cub, for she had long ago forgiven him.
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