Why Pokey Wasn’t Taken

Introducing PP and Louey – Two little mice who secretly live in a special hiding place in your house.  They are the best of friends, and every day they come out of their hole and get into all sorts of adventures together.  This story is called…

 

Why Pokey Wasn’t Taken
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One day PP the Mouse and his friend Louey went outside the house to romp and play in the sunshine.  Several of their field friends joined them too, including Pokey the Turtle, Fluffy the Frog, and Robbie Robin.
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They had a wonderful time running and jumping, and chasing each other around. All except one of the animals. Pokey the turtle just stood there smiling and tapping his feet as he watched the other animals play.
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PP saw him and asked, “Pokey, why are you just standing there? Why don’t you chase us?”
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Pokey said to them in a slow drawl, “Because I’m a turtle, you see, and I have a big heavy shell that I carry with me everywhere.  So I can’t run around like PP and Louey, or hop like Fluffy the frog.  And I definitely can’t fly like Robbie Robin. I move v-e-r-y slow.”
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PP said to the turtle, “I feel sorry for you, Pokey.”  And a little tear fell down PP’s face when he thought of his friend having to carry around a big shell on his back.
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“Don’t feel sorry for me,” Pokey replied, “God made me this way. He made each of us special and with different gifts”
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PP asked, “But don’t you wish you could run around and move faster like us, Pokey? Why did God make you the way He did?”
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Before Pokey could answer, however, everyone heard loud shrieks in the sky, “Eeek! Eeek!”  A gang of hawks were flying around above their heads!
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“Quick everyone,”
PP shouted, “run away as fast as you can!”
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The animals darted in different directions to find somewhere to hide. But they were in a big open yard and couldn’t get away fast enough! Down swooped the hawks and each one took an animal in their claws and carried them way up into the sky. PP looked down and saw Pokey left in the grass. “Why didn’t the hawks take Pokey?” he wondered.
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The hawks flew around and around in big circles, laughing and shrieking to each other, “Eeek! Eeek!”
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“What are they doing?” Fluffy the frog croaked, “Why aren’t they eating us?”
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PP shouted back, “Don’t worry everyone. The hawks aren’t hungry. They are just teasing us!”
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“Well I don’t like this game of theirs,” Robbie Robin chirped, “I’m getting dizzy!”
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After awhile, the hawks got bored flying around in circles with PP and his friends, and they flew over a pond and dropped them all in. “Plop, plop, plop, plop,” they fell down into the water. Then they swam to the edge and got out, dizzy, tired, and all wet.  But they were thankful that they hadn’t been eaten!
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“Where’s Pokey?” Louey the Mouse asked.  He suddenly realized he wasn’t with them!
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“I looked down and saw him in the grass,” PP replied, “The hawks left him.”
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“Why?”
Louey asked.
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“I don’t know,” PP replied, “Let’s go find out!”
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So all the animals ran all the way back to the place where they were playing. And there was Pokey, happily munching on some grass and humming to himself.
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“Pokey!”
PP said, “We’re back!”
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Pokey was so happy to see them. “I’m so glad you are all okay,” he said.
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“Why didn’t you get taken?” all the animals asked him, practically at the same time.
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“Well,” Pokey replied, “When I heard the shrieks above I pulled my head, arms and legs into my shell and hid. To the hawks, I looked like a big rock! They didn’t want to carry around a rock. What fun would that be for them?”
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All the animals were amazed.  Pokey continued, “What I was starting to say before the hawks came, is that I may not be able to run or fly, but I am really good at hiding. Because of my hard shell, turtles can live a very long time, longer than many animals. So you see everyone, I’ve learned not to feel sorry for myself about the way I’m made. God knew what He was doing when he made all of us different.”
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PP then knelt down in the grass and said, “Thank you, God, that the hawks didn’t eat us, and thank you for making each of us different and special.”  All the other animals prayed too. Then they stood up, held hands, and danced in a circle around Pokey. Because Pokey couldn’t dance, however, he just happily smiled and hummed and tapped his feet.

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The End

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