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Monday, April 14, 2014

THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULDN’T

Important (to me) notice: Starting next week, I'm cutting back a little on posting.  I'm eliminating Wednesday's post--I will post on Mondays & Fridays only!!


More fairy tales this week!

A little railroad engine was employed at a station yard for some light work moving a few cars on and off the switches.  One morning it was waiting for the next call when a long train of freight cars asked a large engine in the roundhouse to take it over the hill.  

The first engine that it asked said, "Sorry, there are too many cars for me!"  Then the train asked another engine, and another, only to hear excuses like “Union rules won’t let me, it’s too heavy,” “Today’s my day off,” and one even said, “I would, but I threw my back out “.

In desperation, the freight train asked the little engine if it could pull it up the grade and down on the other side.  "I think I can," puffed the little locomotive, and put itself in front of the great heavy train.  As it went on the little engine kept bravely puffing faster and faster and said to itself, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can."

As it neared the top of the grade, which had so discouraged the larger engines, it went more slowly.  However, it still kept climbing and saying, "I think I can, I think I can."  It reached the top by using all its muscles and being very brave.  It then went on down the grade, feeling very pleased until it started sliding down.  No matter how hard the engineers pressed on their brakes, neither train could stop.  There was a tremendous crash! They soon lay in a mangled heap at the bottom of the hill.
 
The other trains rushed over and asked him what on earth had happened.  He said, "I thought I could, I thought I could, but I just couldn’t.  I gave it a really good try, though!”

Today's post was really short,
so here are lots of cartoons:











 






As Adam Savage says on “Mythbusters”, “I reject your reality & substitute my own.”----fishducky