Little Red Riding Hood

Blog 1887 – 11.23.2020

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

This two minute version of perhaps one of the most familiar of children’s tales has been retold and reread the world round but never seems to grow old. The little girl’s love of her granny and the wolf’s love of fine dining whet our appetites.

Little Red is proud of her outfit and was probably warned as all little girls are about stopping to talk to strangers, but still she does so, allowing the wolf to get a good look at her and to learn where she is headed so he can race ahead and be there in disguise waiting for her.

The wolf’s granny disguise does not fool her for long though. His big eyes, big nose, and big teeth are dead give aways. In some of the older versions of the story, grandma and Red are both eaten with the woodsman freeing them from the wolf’s belly with his axe. Most later versions have grandma tied up in the closet and Red somehow out smarting the wolf.

Do not try out smarting wolves, girls, steer clear of them, for if you get too close to them they will surely eat you up. That is I think the lesson in this children’s story. It seems even paradise always has a snake in the grass so be mindful walking over the river and through the woods to grandma’s.

Especially this Covid year of 2020 you might want to be a bit more mindful of grandma’s health and your own and stay close to home this holiday.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

Home To Stay

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