The Bunny and the Tortoise
Max the Bunny was just your average animal. He had a group of friends, got normal grades in school and even played a sport or two.
Max was never the one to be different. He always liked to fit in with everyone so he wouldn't be different from the others and judged like all the 'weird' animals. He followed his so called friends wherever they would go-along with everyone else- like a herd of sheep.
Max the Bunny, however, would soon decide to change all of that when he meets Ricky the Tortoise.
Ricky the Tortoise was not your average animal. He liked different things than others, did different things than others, and overall had a different way of doing anything in general.
Ricky didn't like to fit in. He didn't want to be the same and follow someone around like a sheep, contrary to everyone else, for example, Max the Bunny.
Although Ricky liked being different, he was soon getting tired of it. Tired of having no friends, always being alone...
Ricky the Tortoise, however, would soon decide to change all of that when he meets Max the Bunny.
Max the Bunny was following his friends one day as they all walked to the nearby lake to hangout. The gleaming sun was shining bright on the surface of the water causing it to glimmer like it was made of billions of colorless diamonds. It was a beautiful scene until they saw the lonely, odd-looking tortoise plopped down on the waters edge in the delicate, bright-green grass.
"Hey! Look who it is!" a friend of Max's called out. Max looked over at the tortoise, soon beginning to feel bad as the other animals, his friends, proceeded to taunt the poor creature. Max didn't know what to do. What could he do? Stick up for the animal and lose all of his friends? The taunting suddenly began to grow worse.
"Why don't you chase us?" another friend called out in amusement. The tortoise had had enough and began to move it's slow body towards the group of animals. Compared to the rest, the tortoise moved like an over-grown snail. Inch by inch the tortoise kept going. He kept going until he had no more strength. No more strength to withstand the hurtful words. The hurtful actions that the animals were committing.
How can anyone be so cruel, Max the Bunny thought. How can they do this to someone? I have to stop it. I just have to! Even if it means losing my so-called friends. Yeah, whatever, they probably don't even care for me. But I know one thing. I care for this animal right here!
"Stop it! Leave him alone!" Max finally shouted at the top of his lungs, his long bunny ears flopping in anger as he shook his head with his paws gripped tightly to the side of his stomach. This caused all the animals-including the tortoise-to stop in confusion and shock and look at the familiar voice. He could sense the thoughts going through their minds.
Why is he stepping up for this weird tortoise? What makes him so special that allows him to do this? Who does he think he is?
"Just leave him be! Who cares if he is different? Does that effect you? Does it harm you? The only thing harming someone here is you! At least he isn't the same as all of you guys, including me!" Max howled with rage. The other animals, Max's former friends, just grimaced in disgust. Eventually, the animals had left and it was only Max and the tortoise resting by the now black lake. The sun had set and darkness had engulfed the pair of new acquaintances. Silence joined the two, along with the sounds of a wave or two crashing into the bank every half minute or so. Quietness continued to develop around them until the tortoise decided to break the ice.
"Why did you stick up for me? I'm nothing. I'm nowhere near as cool as you guys. I'm different..." the tortoise mumbled in depression, his head cowering into his vibrant colored shell.
"That's why I stood up for you. You're different, unique from everyone else. The world needs more of that. And what better way can we help the world become more unique than by allowing you to feel good about yourself first, one animal at a time. Show the world what you are. Show them that you're different! Be proud of it! You're one in billions!" Max cheered in glee, his humongous ears bopping back and forth with a large smile plastered across his round face. The tortoise seemed hesitant at first, but slowly began to nod his head which soon became more rapid.
"By the way, my name is Ricky." Max smiled at the tortoise's name.
"Mine is Max, nice to finally meet you. Ready to go?" Ricky nodded his head as they soon began to walk away from the lake. Ricky walking ever so slowly, but Max sticking right next to his side like glue. The two animals left that lake different. Not only different as in personality wise, but different in their hearts.
A growing problem in today's society is judging people. Judging people for being different, mistakes they made and everything in between. Why can't we live in a society where people can accept others with no problems? Why is that so hard to do?
Whether someone is judged by their race, gender, religion, beliefs, sexuality, etc. it's all the same. It's all because someone is too ignorant to believe in something else, something that makes another person happy. Does that persons happiness effect your life? Does it physically and mentally harm you? If you don't like what someone else is or does, just don't associate yourselves with them. It's what I do! I don't make fun of them and neither should you or anyone else. Just don't do anything to that person. They don't deserve hate because something makes them happy. Everybody deserves a happy and wonderful life. It's simple, just ignore it.
I really wish people were like this and didn't judge others. Nothing get's on my nerves worse than stupid, ignorant fools like this. It's also very saddening to see what our school systems have become. How so much hate is just gathered and thrown into one huge building.
My advice to anyone who is experiencing problems, knows someone with problems, or ever happens to run into someone having a problem, STICK UP FOR THEM AND YOURSELF! Be proud you are different and don't let anything effect you. It's what I do and I feel better about myself. I only need one friend that can accept me for who I am. One person that knows that it is okay for me to be different. That's all it takes. Just believe in yourself and keep your head high and you can get through any obstacle and challenge that blocks the road ahead of you. ❤
- Madison N.