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Little Red Riding Hood and her Encounter with Engage-Disengage

A spin on the age-old story where instead of resorting to violence we approach the problem with calm and peace.

Little red riding hood with wolf at night

Once upon a time, in a quaint village nestled between the towering trees of an enchanted forest, there lived a sweet and innocent little girl named Red Riding Hood. She was known for her scarlet hooded cloak that she wore every time she ventured into the woods, a gift from her grandmother.

One day, Red Riding Hood's mother asked her to take a basket of goodies to her ailing grandmother, who lived on the other side of the forest. Red Riding Hood happily obliged, skipping along the forest path with her basket in hand.

Unbeknownst to Red Riding Hood, a crafty and cunning wolf had been stalking her from the shadows. The wolf, with his sharp eyes and even sharper teeth, saw an opportunity to satisfy his hunger and deceive the little girl.

As Red Riding Hood approached her grandmother's cottage, the wolf devised a plan. He hurried ahead, arriving at the cottage before her. The wicked wolf cunningly entered the grandmother's home, dressed in the old woman's nightgown and cap, lying in wait for the unsuspecting girl.

Little red riding hood with the big bad wolf disguised as grandma

When Red Riding Hood finally arrived, she noticed something odd about her grandmother.

"Grandma, what big ears you have!" she exclaimed.

The wolf, maintaining his disguise, replied,

"All the better to hear you with, my dear."

Red Riding Hood, trusting and innocent, continued with her observations.

"Grandma, what big eyes you have!" she remarked.

The wolf, still pretending, responded, "All the better to see you with, my dear."

The conversation continued with comments about the wolf's big teeth and big nose, each time met with a deceptive reply.

Finally, Red Riding Hood grew suspicious. "Grandma, what big teeth you have!" she cried out. The wolf, unable to contain his true nature any longer, leaped from the bed, revealing his fearsome form.

Just as the wolf prepared to pounce on Red Riding Hood, a brave woodcutter happened upon the scene. Instead of raising his axe to strike the wolf, he remembered a technique he had learned to handle behaviorally challenged animals. He quickly engaged and disengaged, creating a distraction to divert the wolf's attention.

woodcutter chasing away the wolf from the house

The woodcutter's swift movements confused the wolf, preventing it from attacking Red Riding Hood. With calculated precision, the woodcutter continued to engage and disengage, creating a safe space for Red Riding Hood to escape. The wolf, frustrated and bewildered, eventually retreated into the depths of the forest.

Red Riding Hood and the woodcutter hurriedly left the grandmother's cottage, grateful for the clever and nonviolent intervention. From that day forward, the woodcutter's unique skills became legendary in the village, ensuring the safety of its inhabitants and teaching everyone the value of using intelligence and compassion to overcome challenges.


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