Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

The Revised Animal School

Once upon a time the animals of the world united to start a school.

The curriculum was made up of classes in swimming, running, flying and climbing.

To make it fair, all the animals took all the subjects.

The duck was excellent in swimming—in fact, better than his instructor—and an ace pilot.

But for running he only got Fs.

The duck was put into an after school sprinting class, and was even forced to drop swimming to join the track and field team.

He ran until his webbed feet were so worn that he was only an average swimmer.

But average was acceptable in school, so nobody worried about that except the duck and his family.

The rabbit was at the top of her class in running. But she could barely climb a tree, let alone fly or swim. So she had to leave school.

The squirrel was unmatched at climbing. And a decent flier too, until the teacher made him start from the ground up instead of the treetop down.

The eagle was a problem child: in climbing class she beat all the others to the top of the tree but insisted on using her own way to get there.

So she spent every day in detention.

At the end of the year, an abnormal eel that could swim exceedingly well, and also run, climb and fly a little, had the highest average.

And he was valedictorian.

The prairie dogs stayed out of school because the administration would not add digging and burrowing to the curriculum.

They apprenticed their children to a badger and later joined the groundhogs and gophers to start a successful private school.

P.S. This is a slight revision of George Reavis’ timeless fable, The Animal School.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach