How the Porcupine Got His
Dear Little Child, come sit by the fire, and let me tell you the
story of how the porcupine got his quills.
Listen, Best Beloved, there was once a cute, fuzzy porcupine
named Porkey. He loved to play and jump on the rocks of the mountains.
One day, as he was
playing beside the creek, Coyote came up behind him and pushed him into
the freezing, spring water. Porkey
SCREAMED, “ I’m going to get you.”
Coyote calmly replied, “you can’t scare or do anything to me!
I am far bigger and faster than you.”
Now, Best Beloved, Porkey thought and thought. He didn’t know
how to defeat Coyote. Porkey
wanted Coyote to stop tormenting him.
After a long night of thinking, Porkey decided to ask his
ordinary friend to help him. He
asked his ordinary friend, Chipmunk,
to help him. Chipmunk announced, “I can not help you.
I am far too small.”
Porkey asked his ordinary friend, Wise Old Owl, to help, but he
declared, “I am far to loud too help you.”
As Porkey was
walking home, he heard a rustling noise.
It was Coyote. Porkey
turned around and stated, “What do you want?”
Coyote started to run toward him.
Oh, Best Beloved, Porkey
was so, so, scared. There was nothing to do but run from Coyote.
Porkey ran and ran as fast as his little legs would carry him. He could see the pond with all the pine trees surrounding it.
Porkey leaped into a pine tree.
All the needles stuck to his fluffy fur.
They just stuck! Porkey
was camouflaged in all the pine trees, so Coyote couldn’t see him. All of a sudden, Porkey fell from a branch.
Coyote came rushing to his side and tried to push him into the
pond. The pine needles
stuck to Coyote and dug into his tender skin!
Oh, Best Beloved, Porkey was
happy! He was happier than
anyone could even explain. He
found away to make Coyote go away.
Porkey was protected from that time on.