Do you know the story of the Little Red Hen? It is an old folk tale that was turned into a children’s book by Little Golden Books in the 1940’s and is one of my all time favorite books. Well, if you haven’t heard it, the brief version with its application to me today follows:
There was a Little Red Hen (The Redhead Riter) who found a grain of wheat (dust bunnies and clutter) and wanted to bake bread (clean the house spotlessly), but she knew she couldn’t do it all alone so she asked her animal friends (family) to help.
At each stage of harvesting, threshing, milling the wheat into flour, and baking the flour into bread (cleaning the windows, baseboards, air conditioning vents, kitchen counters, polishing the kitchen cabinets, polishing the wood furniture, keeping the washer and dryer going, vacuuming, scrubbing the floors) the hen asks for help from the other animal friends (family), but each time she doesn’t get any assistance (Tom put in a light bulb and then took a nap. Alyssa stayed with the puppy who threw up because we think she ate carpet and then took a nap).
Finally when the little Little Red Hen (The Redhead Riter) completes all the tasks and bakes delicious bread (homemade spaghetti), she asks if anyone will help her eat it.
“I will!” said the cow.
“I will!” said the pig (Tom).
“I will!” said the goat.
“I will!” said the teenage Moose (Alyssa).
“I will!” said the duck.
“No you won’t!” said the Little Red Hen.
“I will!” And she did.
Well, that is where the story is different because I did let Tom and Alyssa eat my delicious dinner.
I was the lucky one to get the bay leaf. Don’t you hate it when that happens?!
In spite of my uncommon lethargy, I was determined to accomplish all my tasks today. “And I did!” said The Redhead Riter.
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