Koda and the Big Red Ball: a short parable about scary things

There’s a humongous big red ball in my front yard. Just sitting there, waiting for me. It wasn’t there yesterday.

I can’t see teeth, but I know it’s got ’em. Snappy, snaggly, yellow ones. I’ll watch it. From a distance. If it moves, I’ll jump in and rip it apart. I will.

Nothing yet. OK, I’ll test it, circle it, look for weak spots. If it moves, I’ll rip it apart. Or run. Depending on those teeth.

It moved! No teeth yet. But they’re there. I know it.

New things are dangerous. I heard a red ball got a Rottie up on Overland once. It’s not getting me.

“Koda! Play with the ball! Go on, boy. It’ll be fun,” says the Professor.

Right. Easy for him to say from up on the porch.

I’ll watch it, thanks. Just in case.

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I was raised in Northern California on a sheep ranch. I'm passionate about working landscapes – balancing the interests of agriculture, thriving rural communities, and healthy natural resources. My husband Richard – the Professor - is a teacher. We live in Idaho with our horses, dogs, and close-by daughter and her family. I'm taking a trip soon and have attempted to introduce readers to some important backstories that will be helpful to understand the context for my observations. To read them, go to Topics in the sidebar and select Rambles with Ruby.

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