Every little one has his or her own favorite stories for Mom to tell at bedtime. Whether it’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears, or something more exciting like Where the Wild Things Are, we all like to hear stories. This is a list of five of my favorites:The Yearling is about a young boy who adopts a motherless fawn. As the fawn is growing the boy develops an intense love for the deer. As the deer matures it becomes more and more destructive. The father becomes so angry when the deer destroys the family garden, which they depend upon for food, that he threatens to kill the deer. This is one of my favorites because the love they share tugs at your heartstrings: you laugh, you cry, and you feel all the emotions the boy is feeling.
Old Yeller is about a boy and his dog who love each other deeply. Old Yeller is very protective of the family and risks his life to save the boy. This is one of my favorites because it reminds me of the many sacrifices we make for those we love.
Where the Red Fern Grows is about two dogs and a boy. They romp through the woods and encounter many dangers together. Dan and Ann are side by side continuously and share a love that cannot die. Eventually, they do die and are laid to rest beside each other. After a while, a red fern grows from each grave and entwines itself into one vine representing the undying love for the other. (Have some tissues nearby while you read this one)
Lassie… what can I say about Lassie? This dog undertakes exciting adventures over the course of several years, reflecting the intelligence and true heart of a dog. Pets can love us as deeply as we love them, which is exhibited many, many times in those wonderful stories. Remembering Lassie brings back so many pleasant memories as hardships and dangers were conquered.
Homeward Bound again reflects how deeply pets can love us and how they will endure all kinds of trials to be with those they love. These dogs are lost a long way from home and, even though the family searched and searched for them, they fear they are lost to them forever. But, the dogs travel so far to return home and, one day they appear on the hilltop overlooking home. First one and a little later the other appears, and the family reunion with the dogs is quite a tearjerker. Believe me, I know.
The common thread among these favorite stories is that they all center around the love of a pet and a main character. The action comes from the trials and tribulations they encounter along the pathway of life.
LOVE, what is it? It can fill your heart with gladness or with sadness, depending upon the circumstances of our lives.