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Dandelion & Bull


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A childrens story about dealing with pretentious bullies.

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Dandelion & Bull

  1. 1. Dandelion & Bull <ul><li>By Conan Callen </li></ul>
  2. 2. Act 1: <ul><li>The old bull, Buff was his name, owned the cow field. He wasn’t too friendly and the younger bulls watched their step around him. None of them dared to tread on his corner of the pasture, not wanting to feel his horn in the back of their hides as he chased them off of his highly prized patch of turf. Even the farmers avoided old Buff's patch of dirt. There was nothing Buff hated more than dandelions. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Act 1: <ul><li>As the winter snows melted, a new dandelion, who was just a seedling the summer before, popped up in the middle of the Buff's patch. Whenever Buff would graze near the dandelion she would start chit-chatting about how she was going to be a beautiful flower, just like her mother. Buff would reply &quot;Ah, you’re nothing but a thorny little scrub brush&quot;, as he chomped off her leaves. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Act 2: <ul><li>One day the little dandelion popped up her first beautify yellow flower. She called out to Buff, &quot;Hey there Mr. Grumpy, do you see my beautiful flower, it’s so pretty&quot;. Buff chuckled his way over to the little dandelion and dropped huge cow pie right next to it. All the other bulls busted into loud laughter as Buff strolled over to them. The little dandelion was disgusted, and enraged that her tiny new flower was upstaged by something so revolting. She shouted back to Buff, &quot;Is that all you have to show for yourself, you big, stinky bully?” Buff and the other bulls just kept laughing. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Act 2: <ul><li>The dandelion was miserable. She had just produced her first flower, and Buff ruined it for her. All she could do was cry. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Act 3: <ul><li>After several days of putting up with Buffs cruel joke, the dandelion heard some of the other dandelions commenting that she had doubled in size since Buff laid his cow pie next to her. She had noticed that despite how disgusting the cow pie was, her leaves had become much darker and stronger. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Act 3: <ul><li>Later that afternoon she sprang out several new flowers that were much larger and brighter then her first one, perhaps the showiest in the pasture. As Buff returned from the feeding trough, he caught sight of here pretentious display. Buff strolled over to the dandelion saying &quot;Those are sure some beautiful flowers, now all you need is a pretty bonnet&quot;. With that Buff dropped an enormous cow pie right on top of the dandelion, burying her completely. Buff chuckled to the group of young bulls who gathered around to watch. “That should cap off that problem off once and for all.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Act 4: <ul><li>The huge cow pie sat motionless for several days, baking in the sun. On the third night, the cow pie began to bulge, and in the morning the dandelions powerful leaves had busted through the hard crust. And by mid afternoon the dandelion had sent up a huge bouquet of flowers, by far the most brilliant in the pasture. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Act 4: <ul><li>When Buff returned from the feeding trough, he was enraged by this new dazzling display. He stormed over to the dandelion and went into a wild stomp, pounding his hoofs into the earth with such force that it could be heard back at the farm house. When Buff was finished, the earth where the dandelion once was had been completely turned, leaving just a patch of rich soil, and an occasional green and yellow traces of what once was the dandelion. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Act 5: <ul><li>For the next week Buff paced around the perimeter of his turf only entering the area occasionally to sniff the bare patch where he trampled the dandelion into the now sun baked earth. The other bulls kept their distance, watching and speculating on Buffs behavior. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Act 5: <ul><li>Later that afternoon, Buff led the bulls back into the pasture as they returned from afternoon chow. Suddenly Buff stopped dead in his tracks when he heard the taunting voice of the dandelion coming from afar. 'Yoo-hoo, Buffy. Look at me; I have the most beautiful flowers in the pasture.&quot; </li></ul>
  12. 12. Act 5: <ul><li>The other bulls backed away, fearing that Buff was about to explode into another rage. Buff just stood there motionless for the several hours. Finally he slowly walked to his turf and lay down just outside its perimeter, afraid that any further action against the dandelion would just give her another opportunity to humiliate him in front of the herd. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Act 6: <ul><li>The next morning, a couple Farmers came out to clean the cow pies from the pasture. Farmer Bob nodded to Buff standing guard by the dandelion, &quot;Buff sure has developed a green thumb lately&quot;. Chuck, the hired hand replied, &quot;Yeah, that dandelion has become his pride and joy.&quot; Chuck added &quot;Buff wont let any of the other cows come any where near it&quot; pointing to all the other bulls standing in the far corners of the pasture. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Act 6: <ul><li>Then Chuck explained &quot;Buff has nurtured that dandelion since it was just a seedling. He's kept it fertilized&quot;. Chuck pointed to the dark earth at the base of the Dandelion &quot;Why, just the other day, he tilled the earth with his own hoofs. I was amazed; I had never imagined that cows knew anything about horticulture&quot;. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Act 6: <ul><li>Framer Bob spit a straw out of his mouth and scratched his head &quot;that’s that darndest thing I ever heard of Chuck.' He thought for a few seconds then looked Chuck right in the eye &quot;You know Chuck, we may be able to use Buff to till the winter gardens&quot;. Bob light up one of his hand rolled cigarettes and continued &quot;Chuck, after lunch, why don’t you haul all these cow chips to where the winter cabbage patch is gonna be, and I'll bring old Buff&quot;. Bob chuckled and added &quot;This should be interesting&quot;. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Act 7: <ul><li>Later that afternoon at the cabbage patch, Buff found himself standing knee deep in cow dung. The other bulls began gathering to watch the spectacle. Buff didn’t want to go through with it, but he had never let Farmer Bob down before, and his pride was not about to let him begin now. As he started his humiliating dance, Buff could hear snickers coming from the growing crowd of bulls. Worst of all, from across the field he could hear the dandelion calling him &quot;Yoo-hoo Buff&quot;, &quot;Watch your step Buff&quot;. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Act 8: <ul><li>After that, Buff gave up his role as the pastures alpha bull. For the rest of the summer, when he wasn’t working in the gardens, Buff would spend his time grazing at the far end of the pasture. But he could never quite escape the whispers of his fellow bulls about the dandelion that had defeat a bull. </li></ul>
  18. 18. The End