began to feel very strange. He felt a sudden shock to his body
and then he felt as though he was falling and falling and falling.
He tried to scream out loud but no sound came out of his mouth.
Then he thought that he heard voices. First from above him he
heard a voice that sounded like Tanasi, but the voice was jumbled
up and he couldnt understand what it was saying. Then he
thought he heard jumbled up voices below him as well. Those voices
sounded like Pat and Penny but he couldnt understand any
of their words either.
this was happening to Paden, suddenly what felt like a huge wind
began blowing from above him and it felt like it was causing him
to fall faster. He was really scared and didnt know what to
do. Then it felt like someone was squeezing his left paw, but there
was only darkness and he couldnt see who or what was doing
that. Then suddenly his other paw felt as though something or someone
was squeezing it as well.
all of this strange activity was going on, Paden suddenly felt like
he hit something very hard and he knew that he had stopped falling.
As he felt himself hit what must have been the bottom of something
a sharp pain shot all throughout his little body and it hurt badly!
He screamed out in pain and this time sound did come out of his
he screamed and groaned he heard a familiar soothing voice right
next to his left ear and a gentle squeeze of his little left paw.
It was Penny! He could hear her for sure. This didnt seem
like any dream anymore now. It seemed very real. The he heard a
voice to his right and it was Pat! He felt so excited, but there
was so much pain in his body.
was trying to figure out what was real and what wasnt. He
decided to give a gentle squeeze back with his left paw to Penny
to see if anything else happened. As he gently squeezed back Penny
let out a shout of Joy! Paden could hear her scream out, Pat!
Paden just squeezed my paw after I squeezed his! He could
tell that Penny was really excited.
Paden felt another squeeze to his right paw. Paden squeezed back
and heard Pat yell out to let Penny know that he also had felt Paden
squeeze! Paden was so tired and his body hurt so much, but he wanted
to reach out and hug Pat and Penny. As he tried to move his body,
nothing happened. This was scary to him. Then he tried to talk to
Pat and Penny and again, no sound came out of his little mouth.
he felt a warm body holding him tightly. It was Penny and she was
softly sobbing, rocking him gently back and forth and telling little
Paden how much she loved him and how worried she had been about
him. The she began to thank the Great Creator for having mercy on
her precious little Paden and letting him remain with them in the
physical world. Then she began to sing one of Paden favorite old
Irish Lullabys and that made him feel more relaxed and comforted.
Then he slowly drifted off into a restful sleep.
Paden drifted off to sleep, Pat and Penny were sure that he made
it through the worst part of whatever had been wrong with him. A
smile crept across Padens face and he began to snore very
loudly. Pat and Penny smiled at each other as they listened to the
little mouse snoring like a bull moose.
Penny laid Paden back down and they got up and walked outside. There
were lots of their friends and relatives waiting for news about
the little guy and they were all so thrilled that Paden seemed to
be getting better at long last.
and Paddy were happy but nervous. They had been afraid that Paden
was going to die and they would have felt guilty about not having
told the truth about him. But now they were afraid because when
Paden did finally start getting up out of his bed, they would be
faced with the fact that Paden would get punished for their lies
and they knew he would tell everyone that they had been lying.
and Paddy sneaked off to discuss the problem. They went to a spot
where they were sure that no one would overhear their dishonest
conversation. They ended up near the sacred spot where loved ones
were prepared for their journey from the physical world to the spirit
world. The two little mice went behind a big oak tree and sat down
spoke first. She said, Paddy, we are going to get into really
big trouble. What are we going to do? Paddy thought for a
minute and said, I think that we should just stick to our
story and let whatever comes of it be something that was meant to
be. Michayla said, I dont agree. Poor little Paden.
If we hadnt lied about him in the first place, this whole
thing would have never happened to him and he would never have suffered
like this. We lied about what had happened and we blamed Paden.
He doesnt even know about the severe punishment that awaits
him that the elders decreed for something that he never even did!
thought for a minute and then said, I know Michayla, but if
we say something now, we will get in even bigger trouble!
Just as he finished that sentence the two little mice both gasped
loudly as Owaso walked around from the other side of the tree. They
were afraid that he had overheard their conversation and their little
eyes both began to fill with tears.
looked deeply into Paddys eyes and then looked deeply into
Michaylas eyes. There were no words for a long time and he
looked angry. As this was happening the two little mice both knew
in their hearts that Owaso had indeed heard what they had been saying.
finally spoke, saying, You little mice have done something
that is very bad. What you have done is not okay in any way shape
or form. Even if Paddy had not nearly died
which he did nearly
it would still be so wrong for you to make up lies about
another mouse like that. The punishment that the elders passed down
for Paden will be mild compared to what they will pass on to you
two for something as hateful as this. If I were you, I would make
some tough decisions right now to let everyone know that you have
lied and that even when judgment and punishment were passed down
for Paden you still remained silent with those lies burning in your
fell on the ground and started crying as hard as she had ever cried
in her life. The pain of the dishonesty was great in her heart.
Then Paddy did the same thing. It seemed as though Owaso, the great
medicine mouse had not only made the point that what they had done
had been a terrible thing, but that he had forced their hearts to
feel the pain of their bitter lies. It felt like someone had punched
them in the stomach as hard as they could as their little minds
were flooded with the sickening feelings of how badly they had hurt
little Paden through their wicked lies.
Michayla blurted out, Tell me what to do Owaso! I will do
anything to take this pain from my heart and to make things better
for poor little Paden! As she finished speaking Owaso glared
at Paddy to see if he had anything to say as well. It took a few
minutes but then Paddy looked up at Owaso and saw that he was staring
directly him. He cried even harder but finally said, Me too
Owaso. I am so very sorry. What can I do to make this right?
said, There are many ways that evil can do damage to the Great
Creators beloved creatures, but lies are among the worst.
Lies can never be used for any good. They are used to destroy. Sometimes
they may seem like just a little thing, but the damage that they
can do is terrible. What you have done is very bad. I am going to
call a meeting of the elders and your families and I will take you
both of you before them and you will tell them all the truth about
what has happened. Do you understand me? The two little mice
had stopped crying but were shaking like leaves in a huge windstorm.
They nervously nodded their heads up and down and agreed to do as
Owaso had asked. They knew that they would be in for big trouble,
but there was no other way now. It was time to face the consequences
of their actions!
2003 Geoff Hampton
Hampton is an internationally known author, speaker, motivator and
business consultant. Hampton is the Executive Director for St. Mary's
Health & Fitness Center in Powell, TN and is also a regular
columnist for the wellness/fitness Website www.fitcommerce.com
as well as Canku Ota. He can be reached by E-mail at GEOFFLHAMPTON@aol.com
His national anti-obesity/diabetes campaign, The Wellness Wakeup
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