(not yet illustrated)
Life in The Wild Jungle
Once upon a time there were some PeaceOSaurs who lived deep in the heart of The
The PeaceOSaurs worked together and played together. They shared their good times
and their bad. Everyone tried really hard to look out for each other, and do what
they could to make life better for their families and friends.
The PeaceOSaurs were young and old, and big and small, so it was only natural
that sometimes they had different ideas about the way some things should be. Sure,
there were disagreements and arguments, now and then. But peace was a priority
for the PeaceOSaurs -- it was important to them to try to get along. So they were
usually able to work out their problems without anyone getting hurt, although
sometimes they had to call on their friends to help them solve their disputes.
PeaceOSaurs really loved their lives together. It seemed pretty obvious to them
that this was the way life should be. But it wasn't always easy for them living
in the heart of The Wild Jungle. You see, not everyone shared their way of seeing
In fact, almost everyone else in The Wild Jungle seemed to subscribe to a different
point of view. They seemed to think that "survival of the fittest" was the rule
of the land. The other inhabitants of The Wild Jungle called themselves MeOSaurs,
because they believed it was fine to take what you want when you want it.
it wouldn't be fair to say that the MeOSaurs were completely bad apples. They
cared about their families and friends. And they looked after them, when it didn't
cut down too much on their me-time. But generally the MeOSaurs really put the
wild in The Wild Jungle.
The PeaceOSaurs tried really hard to get along with their neighbors, and usually
things worked out pretty well. For a while, anyway.
You see, because the PeaceOSaurs worked so well together, they were able to accomplish
a lot. They had the best kept homes in The Wild Jungle. They had the best foods;
the best clothes; the best games. And they had plenty to go around.
The MeOSaurs, on the other hand, never seemed to be able to get it together that
well. They spent a lot of time arguing and fighting. They were actually quite
creative, too, but they spent a lot more time figuring out how to destroy things
than create them.
Fortunately for the MeOSaurs, the PeaceOSaurs were all too happy to trade or share
their abundance with their neighbors.
And usually the PeaceOSaurs' kindness would win over the hearts of the MeOSaurs
so that the MeOSuars had a feeling of respect for them, and generally left the
PeaceOSaurs alone, except when they needed things.
Actually, there were long stretches when the MeOSaurs even got along well with
the PeaceOSaurs. Many MeOSaurs and PeaceOSaurs were friends. And many MeOSaurs
were receptive when their PeaceOSaur friends tried to teach them ways to get along
with each other better. For a while it would almost seem like the PeaceOSaur way
of listening and sharing and trying to get along was contagious and just might
become the MeOSaur way of life, too.
But inevitably, the peaceful coexistence between the PeaceOSaurs and the MeOSaurs
would suddenly shatter. Usually it was because the MeOSaurs were jealous and tired
of always getting PeaceOSaur handouts.
isn't fair that the PeaceOSaurs have everything!" the MeOSaurs would argue. "This
is our land. They're not even MeOSaurs like us, why should they have it all!"
"It's all the PeaceOSaurs' fault that we MeOSaurs can't get along -- They bring
out the worst in us! We'd be better off without them in our neck of The Wild Jungle!"
eventually the MeOSaurs decided it was time to take all of what the PeaceOSaurs
had for themselves, because in their minds, it was all rightfully theirs anyway.
times there didn't seem to be any rhyme or reason why things suddenly turned ugly.
But when it did, the PeaceOSaurs had to move on to another part of the Wild Jungle
and start anew.
Now, the thing is, the PeaceOSaurs could have fought for what was there's. Some
of the PeaceOSaurs were small and would never be able to defend themselves under
the rules of The Wild Jungle, it's true. But some of the PeaceOSaurs were bigger
than anyone else in the whole Wild Jungle, and they could have easily defended
themselves and all of their PeaceOSaur community as well.
But the PeaceOSaurs refused to fight. "If we fight now, we'd have to fight again
later, and then again and again. We'd become just like the MeOSaurs," they'd say.
"We'd have to give up our way of seeing things. Greed would overcome us and we
wouldn't get along with each other anymore. We'd forget that a peaceful way of
life brings us the best life."
The PeaceOSaurs tried their best to talk it out with the MeOSaurs, using all of
their peacemaking skills. But when reason failed and their lives were in danger,
it was time to move on.
This is the way life was for the PeaceOSaurs, over and over again, until one day
they'd reached the end of The Wild Jungle, and there was no place left for them
to move on to.
2. In Search of a Better Place
What could they do now? Never ones to despair, the PeaceOSaurs calmly discussed
the situation. It wasn't long before they agreed to build a ship and set sail
to find a better place. A place where they could be free to live in peace.
they drew up plans for a glorious sailing vessel.
A few of the MeOsaurs had come by to the edge of the beach where the PeaceOSaurs
had gathered. Some of the MeOSaurs taunted the PeaceOSaurs and laughed mockingly
at the blueprints.
never be able to build a ship like that!" they scoffed.
Some of the MeOSaurs, especially the younger ones who had PeaceOSaur friends,
wanted to help build the ship. But their parents wouldn't let them. Sadly they
hugged their PeaceOSaur friends and returned to their parents' sides as they were
commanded. The young MeOsaurs watched sadly as their parents and neighbors shouted
nastily at the PeaceOSaurs.
The PeaceOSaurs sighed and turned to their task. They hummed happy tunes to focus
themselves over the chorus of mocking insults that filled the air from the MeOSaurs.
of the PeaceOSaurs had ever worked on such a large and complicated project before.
But they knew each others' talents and skills well, so it was easy to divide up
the tasks for this new endeavor. They had always worked so well together before,
and so work on building the Great Ship went smoothly and quickly as well.
long at all, much to the MeOSaurs' surprise, before the Great Ship was finished.
No one, not the MeOSaurs or the PeaceOSaurs, had ever seen anything so grand and
but it's too BIG to sail!" the MeOSaurs mocked.
besides, good riddance to you all anyway!" Proud of their accomplishment, the
PeaceOSaurs admired the vessel. They turned to the MeOSaurs with a little sadness
but a little thankfulness, too.
you for allowing us to share our time with you, while we were here," they said.
"We wish you all the best in your lives."
Most of the MeOSaurs grumbled and swallowed and coughed uneasily. They didn't
really know what to say and instead turned gruffly around and headed back into
Some of the younger MeOSaurs though, brought food and supplies from the bounty
that had been taken from the PeaceOSaurs. The older MeOSaurs grumbled and shook
their heads, but they didn't stop their children this time.
The younger MeOSaurs hugged their friends one last time, and there were tears
in everyone's eyes.
They stood with the PeaceOSaurs for a moment in silence. No one said anything,
but it felt so comfortable to be quiet together. The PeaceOSaurs looked lovingly
at the thick green trees of the jungle, and the blue, blue sky and their MeOSaur
friends. They were thankful for all of the things they had shared together in
The Wild Jungle.
The PeaceOSaurs turned to look out over the ocean and felt thankful, too, that
they were about to go on a wonderful journey. They were excited as they envisioned
their lives together in the better place they knew they would find.
They closed their eyes a moment and when they opened them again, they looked around
at each other and smiled, knowing each of them understood what each of the rest
was feeling, without even speaking a word.
They said their goodbyes and boarded the ship. The PeaceOSaurs waved farewell
as they looked back a moment at their friends and the land that they had known.
As the ship set sail, they turned to face the distant horizons, unafraid of the
unknown vast ocean of blue that separated them from the new home they would someday
3. Beyond the Unknown
The journey across the sea was long and harsh. Fierce storms tossed the great
ship about as if it were a toy, testing the PeaceOSaurs' courage and the strength
of their sailing vessel.
The calm days often dragged on so long that one might thing they would threaten
to drive the PeaceOSaurs mad with boredom. But although it is true that the PeaceOSaurs
faced every task by working diligently with pride in their work, they did not
need to keep busy with work in order to have peace of mind.
While some folks submerge themselves in 'keeping busy' to keep themselves from
having to face their own thoughts, the PeaceOSaurs' passion for work came from
their desire to make life better for themselves and their families. The peace
of mind their work brought them resulted from knowing they did their jobs well,
and that the work they were doing made a difference in making life better. So
this is why the PeaceOSuars were just as comfortable with what others call empty
moments. They could just as easily relax, play and entertain each other with the
same fulfilling passion for living they found in their work.
So it was that many, many months passed quickly by. One day when a dove landed
on their vessel, with a branch in its beak, the PeaceOSaurs were filled with excitement,
for they knew that land could not be very far away.
Indeed, the very next day, far off in the distance, they could clearly see the
faint outline of a tree-filled landscape. It took three more days to reach land,
and each day brought more excitement and anticipation than the last. Finally they
reached the island. They anchored the Great Ship and swam ashore together to see
what they would find in this new land.
4. Welcome, Friends
No sooner had the PeaceOSaurs gathered on the sandy shore, when they saw a whole
crowd approaching from down the beach.
They stood and waited expectantly.
the natives exclaimed when they were closer. "We're the DinoPals. Welcome, friends."
PeaceOSaurs told the DinoPals that they had traveled a long distance across the
sea in search of better place where they could live in peace.
"Well," one of the DinoPals
said. "We live in peace here where we share this wonderful land. You are welcome
to share it with us," she offered. All of the other DinoPals agreed.
The PeaceOSaurs were filled with joy. They could tell from the DinoPals' gentle
nature that they would be very happy here.
And indeed, they would all live happily ever after together.
But first they had a great feast and celebration. The PeaceOSaurs brought all
of their provisions from the Great Ship to share for the festivities. And the
DinoPals brought them to their village near the island's shore where there were
plenty of delicious foods to share with the PeaceOSaurs, too.
They ate, and danced and sang, teaching each other the tunes and steps. It was
all new and exciting and they had so much fun. The celebration went well into
the night, and when they awoke the next day, they all had so much to be grateful
The DinoPals and PeaceOSaurs have lived in peace for many, many years since then.
Every day to them is a day for giving thanks, for the life and love that they
But every year, on Thanksgiving Day, they have a special holiday to celebrate
the anniversary of the very first day they met. They sing and dance and feast
and remember all of the things they've shared, and rejoice in the thought of all
of the wonderful things yet to do together.