The Runaway Squirrel
In a clearing in the forest, there was a family of
squirrels that lived in peace and harmony. The small
family consisted of Dad Squirrel, Mama Squirrel, and a
couple of very obedient offspring. Everyone was honest,
for there was understanding and friendship between them.
While Dad Squirrel went out to support the family, Mama
Squirrel stayed at home taking care of her children and
the household chores.
One day Mama Squirrel discovered she was going to be a
mother again. Everyone was very happy. After all, the
kids were growing up and they missed having a baby at
Within a short time, the family increased. It was a
beautiful baby boy!
The baby grew fast and became more and more demanding.
The little family lived to fulfil his whims.
But not everything could be allowed! And every time his
mother rebuked him, he became angry and unhappy.
Over time, he began to think that no one loved him. They
were always scolding him:
- Do not do this, Baby Squirrel! Do not do that! Put
your things away!
One day, tired of everything and feeling very sad, he
ran away from his home so he could live freely in the
forest. His mother had always warned him of the dangers
he would encounter, but he never cared. His father had
never allowed him to go into the woods alone, worried
about his safety. Now, however, he was free and did not
have to obey anyone's orders.
- Whoa! Finally, I'm going to live the life I've always
wanted. I'm grown up enough to take care of myself - he
He walked through the forest, happy with his decision.
Gradually it got dark and the little squirrel had not
yet found shelter. The sounds of the woods frightened
him, and he wished to be beside his mother, who was
always so loving. But now he was lost. He did not know
how to go back. And, more than anything, he was terribly
The darkness became bigger and more terrifying.
Tired of so much walking, Baby Squirrel nestled on the
trunk of a large tree and fell asleep after a lot of
In the morning, he woke up listening to the sound of dry
leaves. Someone was approaching. He got up quickly.
Maybe it was someone who could help him?
But it was a huge, menacing wolf!
While the wolf howled, his teeth grinding dangerously,
the squirrel fled.
When he realised that he was no longer within reach of
the wolf, he stopped to rest.
- Wow! That was a close call! - he said, feeling more
At that, he heard a strange noise like a rattle. He
looked at the ground and saw a huge snake ready to
attack. Terrified, he fled again as fast as his legs
With his heart racing and breathing hard, he stopped at
a tree. His legs were wobbly! He leaned against it to
catch his breath when he heard a different buzz.
What could it be? He looked to his side and realised
that he had almost touched a large beehive. And the bees
looked really angry!
Gathering his forces, he fled again trying to escape the
swarm coming toward him.
Because he was looking back, he did not see a stream
right in front of him. He fell in and got all wet.
Fortunately, the bees lost sight of him and Baby
Squirrel was able to get out of the water quietly. He
looked around and recognised the place. Yes! It was
close to his home! More confident, he took a short trail
and within a few minutes reached the clearing where he
Everyone was happy and relieved with his return and
hugged and kissed him again and again.
Feeling himself again, after eating properly, Baby
Squirrel told his mother:
- You know, Mama, I've discovered that nothing is better
than our home! I thought that you guys did not love me,
because you were always scolding me. Now, I know it's
just because you love me so much that you acted like
that. I faced many dangers, felt lonely and helpless.
Only here, with you, I feel safe and calm.
And the mother, with tears in her eyes, said smilingly:
- That’s true, honey. There’s nothing like the love of
our family. But you were never helpless. God was
watching over you and brought you safe and sound back to
And Baby Squirrel, bowing his head, said with emotion:
- Thank you, dear God, for the wonderful family You have
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