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The Little Red Hen

As cute as she is, she needs to learn a few things:

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One day as the Little Red Hen was scratching in a field, she found a grain of wheat.

“This wheat should be planted,” she said. “Who will plant this grain of wheat?”
“Not I,” said the Duck.

“Not I,” said the Cat.

“Not I,” said the Dog.

“Then I will,” said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

Soon the wheat grew to be tall and yellow.

“The wheat is ripe,” said the Little Red Hen. “Who will cut the wheat?”
“Not I,” said the Duck.

“Not I,” said the Cat.

“Not I,” said the Dog.

“Then I will,” said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

When the wheat was cut, the Little Red Hen said, “Who will thresh the wheat?”

“Not I,” said the Duck.
“Not I,” said the Cat.

“Not I,” said the Dog.

“Then I will,” said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

When the wheat was threshed, the Little Red Hen said, “Who will take this wheat to the mill?”

“Not I,” said the Duck.
“Not I,” said the Cat.

“Not I,” said the Dog.

“Then I will,” said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

She took the wheat to the mill and had it ground into flour. Then she said, “Who will make this flour into bread?”

“Not I,” said the Duck.
“Not I,” said the Cat.

“Not I,” said the Dog.

“Then I will,” said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

She made and baked the bread. Then she said, “Who will eat this bread?”

“Oh! I will,” said the Duck.
“And I will,” said the Cat.

“And I will,” said the Dog.

“No, No!” said the Little Red Hen. “I will do that.” And she did.

No, she didn’t!? Oh my goodness!

I never really thought about it, but this story seems to me to be very selfish. If I were the Little Red Hen, I would gladly do all of these things and offer some bread to the seemingly lazy friends.

Isn’t it said that we are to be a servant in the bible? Aren’t we as homemakers in charge of all these things and more?

 I’m prone to think this is a little on the feminist side, actually thinking about it for a few days now and wondered just what the intention of the story was  about when written.

Of course we give and give. We work and work. But we are blessed by our willingness to be a keeper of the home. No, we aren’t suppose to be doormats or pushovers, but we are suppose to be giving!

Now of course Little Red Hen might have been single and had no family to speak of, except her friends. In that case she might have needed to have been a little more careful in choosing her friends…lol

It just hit me wrong somehow that a beautiful, industrious, little red hen would be so selfish! After all it was her idea to plant the wheat in the first place…lol

Now in my opinion the story should have went somewhat like this:

Upon finding a grain of wheat, the little red hen tells her friends what could be done with it. She should have told them if they would help, one day there would be more grain and they could bake bread and have a feast…But she didn’t tell her friends of her intentions, did she? She just asked for their help constantly. Maybe her friends knew how selfish she was and knew that she had no intention of sharing the bounty.

Now I’m not overlooking the laziness of all of her friends, at all! And perhaps we need to be a little introspective of this trait as well.

Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it…Perhaps this book should have been called Lazy Friends and the Selfish Little Red Hen.

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