The Barn Refuge
Out on the open prairies of Nebraska in the 1800s, where the grasslands stretched as far as the eye could see and the skies were vast and unending, there lived a pronghorn antelope named Andy. He was known far and wide for his quick wit and sharp intellect.
One sunny afternoon, while Andy was wandering through the prairie, he caught the scent of hounds in the distance. The barking grew louder and more ominous as a group of hunters on horseback came into view. Panic gripped Andy, and he darted toward a nearby farm, his heart pounding in his chest.
The farm was bustling with activity as the farmer’s family went about their daily chores. In his desperation, Andy spotted a barn and dashed inside, hoping to find a hiding spot. Inside the barn, he discovered a group of sheep, their woolly coats creating a sea of white.
Without a moment to spare, Andy hid himself behind a pile of hay, with only the tip of his tail peeking out.
One of the sheep, a wise old ewe named Eleanor, noticed Andy and questioned his presence. “What are you doing here, Andy? Don’t you realize you are putting yourself in danger?”
Breathless, Andy replied, “Please, Eleanor, let me hide here for a while. Once night falls, I can sneak away and find safety in the shadows.”
Throughout the afternoon, the farmer and his family came and went, tending to the animals and preparing for the evening. None of them noticed Andy hiding in the hay.
Feeling a sense of relief, Andy thanked the sheep for their silent support. Eleanor, however, had a word of caution. “You may have found a temporary refuge, but our farmer is sharp and observant. If he should come, you will surely be found out.”
As the sun began to set, casting long shadows across the prairie, the farmer entered the barn to check on his animals. He was a tall man with a keen eye and a deep love for his farm. Seeing that the sheep were restless, he decided to investigate.
As he approached the pile of hay where Andy was hiding, he noticed the tip of the antelope’s tail. With a gasp, he called his sons and ordered them to capture Andy.
The young men sprang into action, surrounding Andy and closing in on him. With nowhere to run, Andy was caught and held firmly in the farmer’s grasp.
In a twist of fate, however, the farmer decided to spare Andy’s life. Instead, he took him far away from the farm and released him back into the wild. Grateful for his unexpected fortune, Andy disappeared into the prairie, vowing never to venture near humans again.
Back on the farm, the sheep returned to their peaceful existence, their woolly coats glistening in the moonlight. The prairie, once a place of danger for Andy, was now his sanctuary once again.
Moral of the Story
The moral of the story is that in times of danger, we must be cautious about where we seek refuge. Our choices in moments of panic can have far-reaching consequences, and the places we think are safe may turn out to be just the opposite. It is important to consider all options and weigh the risks before making a decision, as the wrong choice can be the difference between life and death.