|A thought on risky behaviors......
A young girl was trudging
along a mountain path, trying to reach her grandmother's house.
It was bitter cold, and the wind cut like a knife.
When she was within sight of her destination, she heard a rustle at
her feet. Looking down, she saw a snake. Before she could
move, the snake spoke to her. He said, "I am about to die.
It is too cold for me up here and I am freezing. There is no food in
these mountains, and I am starving. Please put me under your coat
and take me with you."
"No," replied the girl. "I know your kind. You are a rattlesnake. If
I pick you up, you will bite me, and your bite is poisonous."
"No, no," said the snake. "If you help me, you will be my best
friend. I will treat you differently."
The little girl sat down on a rock for a moment. She looked at the
beautiful markings on the snake and had to admit that it was the
most beautiful snake she had ever seen. Suddenly, she said, "I
believe you. I will save you." The little girl reached over,
put the snake gently under her coat and proceeded toward her
Within a moment, she felt a sharp pain in her side. The snake had
"How could you do this to me?" she cried. "You promised that you
would not bite me, and I trusted you!"
"You knew what I was when you picked me up," hissed the snake as he