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Playing in the role of Old Boar is a javalina from Sedona. Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

An Old Boar was busily sharpening his tusks against the stump of an old tree, when a Fox happened by.

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No tree trunks were harmed in the telling of this fable. Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

Now the Fox was always looking for a chance to mock his neighbors, so he made a great show of appearing anxious, as in fear of some hidden enemy, but Old Boar kept on with his tusk task.

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Cactus design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

Fox asked, “Why are you doing that, old friend?” With a smirk, he added, “I don’t see any danger lurking about.”

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Dragonfly design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

“True enough,” Old Boar responded. With a sigh, he added, “but when danger comes, there won’t be time to do this kind of preparing. My tools and skills will have to be ready for use then, or I will suffer for it.”

Preparedness for adversity is the best guarantee of peace.

 

Fox

Fox design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

A fox observed a Crow swoop down and pick of a choice piece of cheese then take safety on a tree branch. He said to himself: “That’s for me.”

Mr. Fox sauntered to the foot of the tree and address the Crow: Madam Crow, how well you look today: how glossy your feathers are, and how sparkling your eyes are. I am sure your voice surpasses that of all other birds, just as your figure does. Please let me hear just one song from you that I may greet you as the Queen of the Birds!

The Crow lifted her head to perform her best “Caw! Caw!” But the moment she opened her beaks, the piece of cheese fell to the ground to be snapped up by Mr. Fox.

“That will do,” he smirked. “All I wanted was your cheese.”

Then he went on his way leaving Madam Crow pondering how this Flatterer robbed her by stealth of both wit and wealth.