Recently, Mrs. Φ obtained a copy of one of our childhood favorites, Tawny Scrawny Lion. Do you remember that story?
Once there was a tawny, scrawny, hungry lion who never could get enough to eat.
He chased monkeys on Monday, kangaroos on Tuesday, zebras on Wednesday, bears on Thursday, camels on Friday, and on Saturday, elephants.
And since he caught everything he ran after, that lion would have been as fat as butter. But he wasn't at all. the more he ate, the scrawnier and hungrier he grew.
The other animals didn't feel one bit safe. They stood at a distance and tried to talk things over with the tawny, scrawny lion.
It's all your fault for running away," he grumbled. "If I didn't have to run, run, run for every single bite I get, I'd be fat as butter and sleek as satin. Then I wouldn't have to eat so much, and you'd last longer!"
The animals prevail on the fat little rabbit to "talk" to the lion. So he hops right up.
"You look much too scrawny to talk things over," he said. "So how about supper at my house first?"
The lion, intending to eat the fat little rabbit and his numerous siblings, agrees, and after gathering food, they arrive that the rabbit home.
And when they saw the tawny, scrawny lion, they gave him a big bowl of hot stew. And then they hopped about so busily, that really, it would have been quite a job for that tired, hungry lion to catch even one of them! So he gobble his stew, but the rabbits filled his bowl again. When he had eaten all he could hold, they heaped his bowl with berries.
And when the berries were gone -- the tawny, scrawny lion wasn't scrawny any more! He felt so good and fat and comfortable that he couldn't even move.
. . .
"Mind if I stay a while?" he asked.
"We wouldn't even hear of your going!" said the rabbits, Then they plumped themselves down in the lion's lap and began to sing songs.
Once the other animals realized that the lion isn't hunting them anymore, they ask the fat little rabbit how he managed to subdue him.
The bat little rabbit jumped up in the air and said, "Oh, my goodness! We had such a good time with that nice, jolly lion that I guess we forgot to talk about anything at all!"
I love that story. I'm pretty sure there's a lesson in there somewhere, but I can't quite put my finger on it . . . .