The Joy of Play


In the front yard of a small house were two trees, both of medium-size and growing close to each other. In the trees lived a feisty squir...

In the front yard of a small house were two trees, both of medium-size and growing close to each other. In the trees lived a feisty squirrel. The squirrel had lived in the trees for a long time and felt freely at home. Because the trees were so close, the squirrel never recognized them as separate trees, and he scampered from one to the other without effort.

In the small house lived a dog. The dog was small like the house he lived in. But he was feisty and loved to chase and bark at anything. His favorite thing to do was to chase and bark at the squirrel in the tree. Oh, that squirrel, how it worried the dog. The dog, whenever it left the house, dash to the tree, hoping to catch the squirrel off guard, which he never did.

The squirrel loved the dog, loved to taunt him by letting the dog run close to him, but just before the dog reached biting distance, the squirrel scampered up the tree, leaving the dog barking. Of course, the squirrel would not leave it at that. The squirrel then ran across the branches to the other tree; the dog did not notice this because the squirrel jumped high, branch to branch. The squirrel ran down the trunk of the second tree, sneaked up behind the dog, still barking up the first tree, and squawked really loud. Always surprised, the dog jumped up into the air with all four paws.

One day, the small dog was barking up the tree. He had almost caught the squirrel. No longer able to see the squirrel, it occurred to him to turn and watch the tree behind him. Yes, he thought, this would be the right thing to do. No sooner did he spin around than he saw the squirrel running down the tree. The squirrel did not even bother to look at him. As the squirrel blindly jumped to the ground, the dog grabbed the squirrel in his mouth. Surprised, the squirrel fought back without understanding what happened. The squirrel squawked, shook, and bit, until the dog dropped him.

This happened over and over, and the squirrel did not like being bit. One day as the squirrel was running up the tree to avoid the dog, it occurred to him to not run to the other tree. Instead, the squirrel waited a few moments and ran back down the first tree, surprised the dog and caused him to jump up on his four paws.

This happened many times, then one day the dog thought it better not to turn and bark up the second tree, but kept barking up the first tree….

Consider This:

A body of clay, a mind full of play, a moment's life -- that's me. -Harivansh Rai Bachchan, poet (1907-2003)

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